Long Distance Migration


In collaboration with researchers at the Federal University of Para in Belem, Brazil, we have been investigating changes in the brain associated with long distance migration in shorebirds.  The semipalmated sandpiper breeds in the Canadian arctic and migrates, with a stopover in the Bay of Fundy, to the Atlantic coast of Brazil.  We have collected sandpipers in the Bay of Fundy and in the state of Para to investigate how migratory experience affects brain regions involved in orientation and navigation.