An unusual expedition, one in which birds of the northern regions of the western hemisphere will be studied, will be led into Labrador regions this summer by O. L. Austin Jr., 1G, a graduate student in Biology in the University. The expedition, to leave New Rochelle, New York, on June 18, will spend three months on the east coast of Labrador, returning to the United States early in October.
It is the purpose of the Austin party to make a bird census of the Labrador coast. The effect of the relentless bird slaughter of the natives on bird life will be carefully studied. Among the birds who will be studied are the Great Black Backed Gull, Glaucus Gull, Herring, Gull, Puffins, Razor Billed Aul, Black Guillemot, and Arctic Tern.
Young birds will be captured, banded, and then released. Formerly bird bands were made of aluminum but the ones used by the Austin party will be made of rust proof monel.
Will Take Moving Pictures.
In addition to these investigations, moving pictures of the birds and Breed Eskimos who inhabit tire region, will be taken. These will be shown in Cambridge and vicinity next fall and winter.
Although during most of the time spent in the North the party, consisting of Dr. O. L. Austin, O. L. Austin, Jr., Captain Richard Parmenter, a mate, a cook, and a general handy man, will live in the ship, the "Ariel" some days will be spent on the mainland and islands. On land the men will hide behind blinds to note the habits and characteristics of birds.
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