Fuel stores of juvenile waders on autumn migration in high arctic Canada

Lindström, Åke, Klaassen, Marcel, Piersma, Theunis, Holmgren, Noel and Wennerberg, Liv 2002, Fuel stores of juvenile waders on autumn migration in high arctic Canada, Ardea, vol. 90, no. 1, pp. 93-101.

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Title Fuel stores of juvenile waders on autumn migration in high arctic Canada
Author(s) Lindström, Åke
Klaassen, MarcelORCID iD for Klaassen, Marcel orcid.org/0000-0003-3907-9599
Piersma, Theunis
Holmgren, Noel
Wennerberg, Liv
Journal name Ardea
Volume number 90
Issue number 1
Start page 93
End page 101
Total pages 9
Publisher BioOne
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0373-2266
Keyword(s) Arctic Canada
Body mass
Fuel deposition
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary Little is known about the fuel stores that arctic-breeding waders put on before departure from the breeding grounds. During a ship-based expedition to arctic Canada, we caught waders at seven, mainly coastal sites, with-in 68°-76°N and 139°-67°W, from 28 July to 31 August 1999. More than two hundred waders of twelve species were trapped, mainly White-rumped Calidris fuscicollis, Semipalmated C. pusilla, Baird's C. bairdii and Buff-breasted Sandpipers Tryngites subruficollis. The vast majority of the birds were juveniles. Body masses and visual fat stores were low, close to the lowest values found anywhere during the non-breeding season for the different species. The relatively fattest birds were Buff-breasted Sandpipers, but they were still far from their maximum body mass on spring migration. We conclude that juvenile arctic waders depart from their natal areas with only small fuel stores, which is in concordance with a time-minimising migration strategy.
Language eng
Field of Research 060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, BioOne
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