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Space Odyssey A New Technology for Following Songbirds

There are 1.6 billion songbirds in Europe and half of them fly south for the winter. Scientists would like to follow them -- but keeping up isn't easy. At least for now.
Martin Wikelski in his Cessna

Martin Wikelski in his Cessna

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VW bus with extended antenna

VW bus with extended antenna

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A bird's-eye view of the region

A bird's-eye view of the region

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Photo Gallery: Where the Blackbirds Go
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Photo Gallery: Where the Blackbirds Go

Mini-transmitter for the blackbirds

Mini-transmitter for the blackbirds

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Martin Wikelski

Martin Wikelski

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A bathing blackbird (archive photo)

A bathing blackbird (archive photo)

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Wikelski (l.) and Partecke (r.) waiting for a bird to fly south

Wikelski (l.) and Partecke (r.) waiting for a bird to fly south

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Photo Gallery: How to Track a Blackbird
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Photo Gallery: How to Track a Blackbird

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