Study—and comic—illustrate seabirds’ journey

To tell the story of jaeger migration, the authors partnered with artist Laurel Mundy to create a comic version of the research, showing how these Arctic seabirds connect the world. Credit: Laurel Mundy/Smithsonian

As the climate changes, researchers want to better understand how Arctic seabirds migrate to aid conservation efforts. Using telemetry, they found three jaeger species leave a shared nesting location in the Canadian high Arctic and take four different paths across four oceans. The biologists say the discovery adds to growing evidence linking marine biodiversity in the Arctic.

Local coastal communities from the Arctic to the tropics are also connected through these seabirds’ expansive migrations. To tell this story, the authors partnered with an artist to create a comic version of the research, showing how these Arctic seabirds connect the world. The comic will be shared online in five languages (Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English, French and Spanish) and print copies will be distributed to schools in the Canadian Arctic.

Read the study here.