Clockwise from top left: Audubon staff and researchers from the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Danner Lab installed a
Motus wildlife tracking tower on Lea Island in spring 2022. Trent University graduate student Olivia Maillet attaches a radio tag to a
short-billed dowitcher at its breeding grounds near Churchill, Canada. It was one of three birds that traveled separately to Audubon’s
Lea Island Sanctuary in July. These radio-tagged short-billed dowitchers detected at Lea Island flew halfway across North America,
about 2,000 miles, in just a few days.
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