A website brings together the migratory routes of 458 bird species

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A website brings together the migratory routes of 458 bird species

The Explorer lists the migratory routes of 458 bird species. (Archives)

The warbler in your backyard may be on its way to Alaska's Bering Strait. The little shorebird in the quagmire down the street is capable of crossing the entire United States in a matter of days. A website, The Explorer, makes it possible to list its route and that of other birds, thanks to the compilation of numerous data.

The Explorer, which is billed as the most comprehensive summary of migratory routes ever created, brings together millions of bird sightings from many continents or countries.

For Jeff Wells of the National Audubon Society, who launched the tool on the internet on Thursday, it helped him find out where the snowy owls found in the American Midwest come from.

The raptors migrated from the Seal River watershed in northern Manitoba, surprising the ornithologist. We didn't know.

These little discoveries are the strength of this resource that took four years of work and millions of dollars.

The Exploreruses over 500 peer-reviewed studies from 283 institutions. The tool aggregates decades of banding data from federal agencies, in addition to data from hundreds of transceivers implanted in birds.

Provinces, states, six national governments, nine environmental groups and numerous private companies have contributed to the project.

Users of the website, which is public and free, can consult information on 458 species of birds. They can learn about their conservation, if they are in danger, and where they are in their migration.

Jeff Wells refers to The Explorer as groundbreaking, as it would make identifying habitats in critical conservation need easier than sifting through tons of studies.

One ​​of the site's most impressive features is about the stories he can tell through his connections. For example, a bird lover in Edmonton may discover that certain species he finds in his neighborhood can travel as far as Peru.

One ​​of the directors of Birds Canada , Stuart Mackenzie, sees The Explorer as a way to fill information gaps for the benefit of researchers.

Every time I open [ the site] there is something new. We can see the connections of our territory with the rest of the world.

The The Explorer website

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