Posted: January 27, 2016 - 10:22pm | Updated: January 28, 2016 - 5:22am
By Mary Landers
A shorebird nicknamed Postel, tagged on the Georgia coast in 2012, flew nearly 60,000 miles before his tag stopped transmitting in late November.
The whimbrel, which returned to the coast each spring over the three and a half years its satellite tag was active, has already given scientists insight into the importance of Georgia’s seemingly lifeless sandbars and spits.
Postel was captured in the marshes of St. Simons Island near Postel Creek in May 2012 by a team of biologists, including Tim Keyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
They caught Postel in a snare and immediately fitted him with a tracking device. The satellite tag comes with a tiny solar panel and a whip antennae. Weighing just a third of an ounce, it attached to Postel with a figure-eight harness that looped around each leg.