Scientific Collaboration in a Divided World

By Rebecca McGuire | January 28, 2021

The Dunlin breeds in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Credit: Getty Images

The Arctic is entering a new ecological state, with alarming implications for humanity and wildlife.

A new initiative in my field of Arctic bird conservation brings me hope. The Arctic Animal Movement Archive (AAMA) is an open-access collection of 201 (and growing) standardized terrestrial and marine animal tracking studies from 1991 to the present. This database will facilitate long-term ecological studies of the Arctic at scale and reveal the timing and extent of changes to animal behavior patterns. For birds, this allows more comprehensive understanding of what they and other wildlife need, and how we can reduce human impact on them.

Vital migratory bird partnerships and initiatives must be scaled up and funded to protect migratory birds before it is too late.

Migratory birds travel back and forth each spring and fall following broadly defined flyways-the “highways” of the bird world. Partnerships exist between countries and entities working in the countries within each flyway around the globe.

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