Alaska Science Forum: 750 miles per day for 11 days, no rest


A bird the size of your fist has made humans all over the world marvel at the things we can’t do.

Like fly. For 11 days straight, from Alaska to Tasmania, your toes not touching earth or water. That’s an average of 765 miles each day, enough to tire a long-haul truck driver burning diesel on the interstates rather than body fat gained from tiny clams.

The bird that became a star is a bar-tailed godwit born this summer on the camouflage tundra not far from Nome.

The track shows a juvenile bar-tailed godwit’s route as it took off from Southwest Alaska on Oct. 13, 2022, and arrived

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