CIE Seminar Series – 2021: Understanding migration timing of populations and individuals – insights from Bar-tailed Godwits in New Zealand

SPEAKER: Dr Phil Battley, Associate Professor in Zoology, Wildlife and Ecology Group, Massey University, New Zealand.

DATE & TIME: Friday, 3rd September 2021 @ 12:00noon.

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 408 120 6183, Password: 06048505).

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Why do individual birds migrate when they do? Why does a bird show zero interest in migrating one day yet rally a departing flock the next?

Simple observations in the field can lead to rich research endeavours, and we have spent the past 15 years intermittently filling in our understanding of individual variation timing of Bar-tailed Godwits, one of the world’s most extreme avian migrants.

In this talk I will explore why birds migrate at consistently different times, and outline how a paragon of consistency can turn out to be an exemplar of flexibility in migration timing.


I’m a New Zealand ornithologist who works mainly on the ecology and behaviour of migratory shorebirds, especially the Bar-tailed Godwits that breed in Alaska and spend the nonbreeding season in New Zealand (and Australia).

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