Friday, January 14, 2011

A Fun Friday Coffeebreak

Every now and then you need something to take you away from your current project, something to just break up the day. I found my distraction for this morning: tracking the movement of Minnesota and Wisconsin loons.

The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC), working with scientists, the USGS, and state DNR programs, has embedded dozens of transmitters into loons to track their migration patterns.  You can learn more about the study here.

But, the best part, and the true distraction, is to watch the loons actually move around their breeding lakes and then take a giant migration flight to Lake Michigan, before heading southeast. Just click on one of the loons for the animated migration pattern.

MPR has a full story, plus audio and video interviews on their site.

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