Storm Petrels over Portugal
The storm petrel is Europe's smallest seabird at 25 grams (0.9 ounces) and one of the most enigmatic. Karl Eliason (Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA) and Terry McDonnell (Wagerup, Australia) will join Dr. Rob Thomas, Marcial Felgueiras, and Will Simonson in an ongoing study of storm petrels as they migrate north past Portugal's scenic southern coast. The findings will help reveal the complex links between climate change, ocean ecosystems, and the survival of seabirds. June 1-10


Karl Eliason's Diary
Terry McDonnell's Diary



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Research on European Storm Petrels
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Backgrounder on the European Storm Petrel
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About Storm Petrels
About 20 species of these small birds live around the world.
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Earthwatch Institute


Learn more about this international nonprofit, which supports scientific field research worldwide.
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Storm Petrels over Portugal


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