News Seabird tracking data

The Antipodean Albatross travels thousands of miles in search of food © Stephanie Borrelle

New tracking data pinpoints danger zones for...

Tue, 13/04/2021
Without action, the Antipodean Albatross could go extinct within our lifetimes. To prevent this tragedy, researchers satellite-tracked 63 albatrosses to discover where they encounter the highest accidental ‘bycatch’ in tuna fishing fleets. Find out how we’re working to make these danger zones safe.
The Waved Albatross' impressive wingspan helps is roam thousands of miles © Mike's Birds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of time beyond national...

Wed, 03/03/2021
Scientists have found that albatrosses and large petrels spend 39% of their time on the high seas – areas of ocean where no single country has jurisdiction. How can we make sure these vital habitats don’t fall through the cracks?
European Storm-petrels regularly travel more than 200 kilometres to find food © Peter Steward

Paperclip-sized tracker reveals intrepid journey...

Thu, 26/11/2020
Mark Bolton, Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), explains how a satellite tag the size of a paperclip gave us important new insights into the life of the small but tough European Storm-petrel, and how these discoveries can help us protect it.

Tracking Ocean Wanderers

Mon, 19/10/2020
The journey of Bird Island’s “modern wandering albatross” moves into its next phase! If you have been following #AlbatrossStories, you may remember one of our recent blogs where we pondered “What is it like being a modern wandering albatross?”
The Grey-headed Albatross is Endangered and declining by 5% a year on South Georgia © Stephanie Winnard

Nobody knows where juvenile Grey-headed...

Thu, 12/07/2018
Way too many youngsters were going missing after fledging. With no knowledge of where they fly to, it was much harder to halt their decline. Now, nine satellite-tagged juveniles have successfully left the nest. We can watch their journey – and so can you.
The Seabird Tracking Database has reached 10 million data points © David Grem

Record-breaking 10 million points for seabird...

Thu, 08/06/2017
Today we celebrate World Oceans Day as we finally reach a record-breaking 10 million data points in the Seabird Tracking Database.

Data boring? Or data vital?

Thu, 21/04/2016
Do datasets make you yawn? Well think again because without good data we cannot conserve our environment effectively.

Turning the West African Atlantic from bycatch...

Wed, 09/03/2016
These waters see the highest levels of illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing in the world, which is disastrous for migratory avian species.

The conservation and scientific benefits of...

Thu, 09/09/2010
World Seabird Conference workshop abstract by Cleo Small and Phil Taylor from BirdLife’s Global Seabird Programme, and Scott Shaffer, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University.