TITLE

Autumn migration and wintering of northern fulmars ( Fulmarus glacialis) from the Canadian high Arctic

AUTHOR(S)
Mallory, Mark L.; Akearok, Jason A.; Edwards, Darryl B.; O'Donovan, Kieran; Gilbert, Cynthia D.
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Polar Biology;Jun2008, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p745
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Five northern fulmars ( Fulmarus glacialis) were tracked by satellite transmitters from their breeding colony in the Canadian high Arctic (Cape Vera, Devon Island, NT) to their wintering grounds in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. In both 2004 and 2005, fulmars left northern Baffin Bay in mid- to late September, and migrated south to Davis Strait in less than 1 week, after which movements were erratic. In October and November, the birds were widely distributed, but by December through March, they tended to remain in the Labrador Sea between 50 and 55°N. Average flight speed was 35 km/h with a maximum of 64 km/h, and over their entire transmission periods, the five traveled on average 84 km/day. Our work suggests that the North Atlantic northern fulmar population may be panmictic in winter, with the Labrador Sea as a key wintering site for fulmars from high Arctic Canada.
ACCESSION #
31660885

 

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