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Fitbit

a profile photo for fitbit the curlew

Alpha Flag Code: JX
Capture date: May, 31, 2018
Sex: Male
Location: Grand Teton National Park, WY
Namesake: We named this fellow “Fitbit” because he is very active on his nesting grounds, taking many day trips to areas surrounding his territory. (Check out his movements on our curlew map page). We gave him the leg flag JX because he lives near Jackson, WY.

a group of biologists stand together, holding a long billed curlew
It takes a village to catch a curlew! Our partner biologists with the National Park Service in Grand Teton work with The Curlew Crew to release Fitbit. Photo credit Gia Habetz

Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 by the signing of a bill by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929. The park was a 96,000-acre tract of land that include the breathtaking Teton mountain range as well as six glacial lakes in NW Wyoming. Today, the park has grown to 310,000-acres and provides rich grassland habitat for breeding Long-billed curlews like this male, Fitbit. Our partnership with Grand Teton and National Park Service has provided us with even more opportunities to study the breeding habitat requirements of curlews.

Interesting Fitbit fact- this guy was missing the tip of his lower mandible (just visible in photo below), but was observed foraging without issue and was a fierce defender of his nest when ravens would enter his territory!

a long billed curlew with a missing tip on his lower bill
Fitbits broken lower bill didn’t stop him from protecting his nest! Photo by Gia Habetz