A new era of technology has been added to the NJ Audubon/NYC Audubon Harbor Herons foraging surveys. For the past several years, dedicated Citizen Science volunteers have spent hundreds of hours collecting data on Harbor Heron foraging locations in NYC and NJ. Now two of our birds are part of a larger study being done by scientists at Lenoir-Rhyne University (Dr. John Brzorad) and Friends University (Dr. Alan Maccarone).
On June 25-26, two adult great egrets were captured at Wolf’s Pond, Staten Island, and fitted with solar powered GPS/GSM transmitters. The two birds, Clarence and Edward, have been ‘adopted’ by the citizen scientists (Edward) and local classrooms on Staten Island (New Dorp HS and St. Clare’s School; Clare).
New Jersey Audubon wants to add more transmitters and birds so additional classrooms get a chance to learn about bird behavior and migration. Please support our team in trying to raise funds so more children get to follow birds like Edward and Clarence.
Bird migration is an amazing event and we can always learn more about the journey birds have every spring and fall. Here is the path of Edward the Egret from his breeding grounds to his wintering area and back again. Pay particular attention to his return flight, 19 hours non-stop. All I have to say is that I would have a hard time doing this in an airplane!
To find out locations of Edward and Clarence please visit this link: