United States willet research

This video says about itself:

Birds of Belize – Waders

Northern Jacana, Killdeer, Wilson’s Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Sanderling

Sanderling – Ocracoke Island, NC.

From the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in the USA:

Where Do Willets Winter?

Scientists from The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have joined together to try to determine where the willets that nest in New Jersey spend the winter. Willets are known to range from southern Virginia to South America during the nonbreeding season but where the New Jersey birds, in particular, go is a mystery.

To figure out the wintering grounds of the willet, scientists attach devices that record information about a bird’s environment, geolocators, to one of its legs. When researchers remove the device the following spring it reveals where the bird has been.

In the summer of 2009, scientists tagged 5 birds in the salt marshes of New Jersey. This year, only 1 returned with the geolocator intact. … The bird also has colored leg bands that allow it to be identified by sight.

As yet, the bird above has not been recaptured, so its offseason destination remains a secret.

This year, 30 birds will be fitted with geolocators.

Little is known about eastern willets, but all shorebirds on the East Coast are considered “species of concern.” Learning more about their biology, especially where they are half the year, can help us protect them.

New web-tool shows critical migratory waterbird sites need urgent protection: here.

Wetlands in Cheyenne Bottoms, KS where 300+ bird species stop during migration: here.

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