Unlocking the Mysteries of Migration with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System

Presentation by Sarah Kendrick
Check out Migratory Bird Biologist Sarah Kendrick’s presentation on how advances in tracking technology are allowing us to learn more and more about our smallest migrant birds and how this information is working to target conservation efforts.

Published: September 12, 2023

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Migratory Bird Biologist Sarah Kendrick shared how advances in tracking technology are allowing us to learn more and more about our smallest migrant birds and how this information is working to target conservation efforts. One-third of the birds that breed in Missouri leave the U.S. in the non-breeding season for up to eight months of the year! According to a groundbreaking study in the journal Science in 2019, we have lost 29% of North American birds in the last 50 years. For our migratory birds, we must learn as much as we can in order to focus conservation where it’s needed most.

Sarah Kendrick is a Migratory Bird Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the eight states of the Midwest Region. Prior to that, she served as the State Ornithologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation for 5 years. Sarah acts as a coordinator for full annual cycle conservation and migration ecology, is a Midwest point of contact for the Motus Wildlife Tracking network, serves on national and international committees to address threats to migratory birds, and works to inspire conservation action to slow the decline of declining bird populations. Sarah is a Missouri native who enjoys birding, hiking, and soaking up nature with her husband Kip and their seven year-old son Abram.

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