Penguin tail feathers reveal secrets of where they swim for food

Knowing where and how Antarctic penguins, and other seabirds and marine predators, migrate is critical for conservation efforts. Although electronic tracking devices have helped scientists track marine animals' migration patterns, the devices can be expensive, invasive for the animal and challenging to retrieve. Scientists have discovered a new and potentially better way to track where penguins go over the winter using forensics.

Penguin tail feathers reveal secrets of where they swim for food

Conservationists need to track penguin populations, but tagging hundreds of birds is impractical. A technique borrowed from forensics offers a solution

Tue 8 Aug 17 from Newscientist

Happy feat: penguin forensics prove less burdensome

Feather analysis could revolutionise the size and scope of animal tracking studies.

Tue 8 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Penguin forensics: Tracking the winter whereabouts of penguins by analyzing tail feathers

Knowing where and how Antarctic penguins, and other seabirds and marine predators, migrate is critical for conservation efforts. Although electronic tracking devices have helped scientists track ...

Tue 8 Aug 17 from Phys.org

Penguin feathers record migration route

Scientists study the chemistry of penguin plumage to track the birds' movements.

Tue 8 Aug 17 from BBC News

Scientists track penguin migration routes using feathers

Researchers at Louisiana State University used the technique to uncover exactly where more than 100 of the birds swim, even though only half that number were fitted with tracking devices. ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Daily Mail

Tracking Penguin Migration through Tail Feathers

NewsResearchers have reported a new and potentially more effective way of tracking penguin and other marine animal migrations by using a forensic science analysis technique. Staff Author: Lauren ...

Thu 10 Aug 17 from Laboratory Equipment

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