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Waved Albatross Tracking
Anderson, D.J., K.P. Huyvaert, D.R. Wood, C.L. Gillikin, B.J. Frost, and H. Mouritsen. 2003. At-sea distribution of waved albatrosses and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Biological Conservation. 110 (3): 367-373

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All birds studied via satellite tracking were nesting in the same part of the breeding colony at Punta Cevallos, on the eastern point of Isla Española (Galápagos archipelago). In 2000 and 2001, a tape attachment method was used to attach Platform Transmitter Terminals (PTTs; Microwave Telemetry Inc., Columbia MD USA) to the dorsal feathers of birds at the nest. The birds were tracked using the satellites of the Argos System (Service Argos, Largo MD USA). In 2000, five PTTs used this duty cycle, while two others transmitted continuously, and in 2001 all six transmitters transmitted continuously. more

The 21 birds tracked during incubation in 2000 and 2001 were part of a study of sensory ecology and navigation; 10 and 9 of them had, respectively, small (3.5 g) magnets or brass sham magnets affixed to their heads during their trips. All 19 of the magnet and sham birds showed the same 'commuter' foraging behavior seen during previous satellite tracking in 1995 and 1996 (Anderson et al. 1998, Fernández et al. 2001) and in the two unmanipulated birds tracked in 2000 and 2001. The satellite-tracked Waved Albatross traveled to the Peruvian shelf in relatively straight flights, remaining in the upwelling region for several days, and then returning directly to Española.

Funding was provided by the United States National Science Foundation (grant DEB 96-29539 to D.J.A.), the Carlsberg Foundation (to H.M.), the National Geographic Society, Canadian NSERC, the VolkswagenStiftung (Nachwuchgruppen Grant to H.M.), a CIAR Fellowship, an NSERC fellowship, Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (NCE) grants to B.J.F., the Wake Forest University Sullivan and Richter Funds, and the Field Research for Conservation Program at the St. Louis Zoo.

Argos System ground-truthing conducted at the site in 1995 (Anderson et al. 1998) showed that the lowest quality locations, Class B, had a mean error of 17.8 km (9.6 nautical miles; Anderson et al., 1998). Thus, only high-quality Argos locations are presented here. A total of 101 locations from 14 birds (14.9 % LQC-1, 6.9 % LQC-2, 4.0 % LQC-3, 32.7 % LQC-0, 41.6 % LQ-A) and 356 locations from 21 birds (13.2 % LQC-1, 5.3 % LQC-2, 3.4 % LQC-3, 32.0 % LQC-0, 46.1 % LQ-A) are reported for 2000 and 2001, respectively.

Biology > Birds
Marine, ISE, Ecuador, Galapagos I., ISE, Peru, Diomedeidae

Geographical coverage
ISE, Ecuador, Galapagos I. [Marine Regions]
ISE, Peru [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
11 May 2000 - 21 July 2001

Taxonomic coverage
Diomedeidae [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more Wake Forest University, moredata creator

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Based on this dataset:
Anderson, D.J. et al. (2003). At-sea distribution of waved albatrosses and the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Biol. Conserv. 110(3): 367–373., more
Mouritsen, H. et al. (2003). Waved albatrosses can navigate with strong magnets attached to their head. J. Exp. Biol. 206: 4155-4166., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-26
Information last updated: 2015-03-26
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