Story: Bird migration

Ornithologist Adrian Riegen

Ornithologist Adrian Riegen

Understanding the movements of migratory birds is only possible because dedicated people spend many hours observing and keeping records. Adrian Riegen is using a spotting scope to identify individual birds from their colour bands. He collates all the data on wader sightings in the North Island from observers. He also set up a sister-site agreement between Miranda on the Firth of Thames and an important staging site at Yalu Jiang in China, where thousands of New Zealand godwits refuel on their northward migration.

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Christina Troup, 'Bird migration - Migration within New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7232/ornithologist-adrian-riegen (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Christina Troup, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015