WaderTales: Are there costs to wearing a geolocator?
The newest blog of Graham Appleton: “If you’re thinking of using geolocators to study bird migration then here’s a paper that you should read.”
Devices attached to waders (shorebirds) are adding hugely to our understanding of their movements, and informing plans for the conservation of threatened species, but how safe are these devices for the individual birds that carry them?
Emily Weiser and 49 coauthors have reviewed the available evidence in a recent paper Effects of geolocators on hatching success, return rates, breeding movements, and change in body mass in 16 species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds, published in Movement Ecology.
Here is the full text https://wadertales.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/are-there-costs-to-wearing-a-geolocator/