Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

Shorebird Migration

Before being hunted to extinction the Eskimo Curlew migrated in the millions from arctic breeding grounds to the pampas of Argentina. In fall, birds staged on the heathlands of Labrador and the maritimes to gorge on berries before making a trans Atlantic flight to South America. At one time, the Eskimo curlew may have been one of the most numerous shorebirds in North America, with a population in the millions. As many as 2 million birds per year were killed near the end of the nineteenth century.
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Before being hunted to extinction the Eskimo Curlew migrated in the millions from arctic breeding grounds to the pampas of Argentina. In fall, birds staged on the heathlands of Labrador and the maritimes to gorge on berries before making a trans Atlantic flight to South America. At one time, the Eskimo curlew may have been one of the most numerous shorebirds in North America, with a population in the millions. As many as 2 million birds per year were killed near the end of the nineteenth...
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