January 2015: New Year = Big changes! I am heading to Washington, D.C. this month as a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow!

December 2014: My new publication, Henkel, J.R., Sigel, B.J.., and C. Z. Taylor, Oiling rates and condition indices of shorebirds in the northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has been published in the Journal of Field Ornithology!

September 2014: I had a fantastic time presenting at the 132nd meeting of the American Ornithologist’s Union in beautiful Estes Park, CO.

May 2014: During the 2013 spring migration season 144 shorebirds were banded with specially coded flags at Dauphin Island, AL. During Spring 2014 we resighted 67% of banded Dunlin and 49% of banded Western sandpipers!

Western sandpipers breed in Alaska from the mouth of the Kuskokwim River north to the vicinity of Point Barrow and Camden Bay. This means that, if these birds successfully made it to the breeding grounds, they have traveled  at least 24,000 kilometers (3750 miles) in the last seven months!

Western Sandpiper banded on 3/19/13 at Dauphin Island, AL. Resighted on 10/8/13 in the same location.

Western Sandpiper banded on 3/19/13 at Dauphin Island, AL. Resighted on 10/8/13 in the same location.

Breeding grounds and migration pathways of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri)

Breeding grounds and migration pathways of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri)