After a 53 day, 8,900 mile migration from the Putu dune fields of south-central Chile, Island Girl has returned to her nest site on Baffin Island in Canada.
She is hanging out on a ridge adjacent to a large lake about 143 miles south of the Arctic Circle. This is the same location where she spent most of last summer and we are assuming that she will be nesting there this summer.
Although no doubt coincidental, she is at almost the exact same meridian or longitude in Canada as the Putu area in Chile. Her general range in Chile was based at approximately 72.18 degrees south longitude. On Baffin Island, she is currently at about 73.04 degrees north longitude or within one degree of each other.
So this officially ends the 2010 study for this year. It has been an unforgettable season, I can definitely tell you that.
Thank you all for your continued concern and interest. And a very special thank you to Kathy Gunther, Don McCall, Clayton White and Felipe Camiroaga and Paul Paredes in Chile and all of the FRG members and friends that have supported this work.
Let's hope that Island Girl has a successful breeding season before she returns south in October to the land of earthquakes.
For those of you that have asked about the future plans for the Southern Cross Peregrine Project, I would strongly recommend that you stay tuned to the FRG website for future developments. We will be heading in a new and unprecedented direction with the project next year. You definitely won't want to miss it......