Where Do Alaska Birds Go?

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Birds that nest in Alaska migrate to all corners of the globe. Where do they go after the breeding season? To answer that question, researachers attach color or numbered bands so they can identify individual birds. Each dot on this map is the location of a banded bird that someone found again. Watch where they go!

This map is based on U.S. Geological Survey Bird Banding Laboratory's North American bird banding and band encounter dataset 2011: Alaskan birds recovered elsewhere, and outside birds recovered in Alaska.