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Ever wonder how scientists track sharks?  Watch as Smithsonian scientists insert an acoustic transmitter in a bull shark.
If you were a bird, where would you fly? The #SmithsonianMoL and Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center are working at the Taim Ecological Station in southern Brazil to find out! Check out this bird's eye view as MoL scientists tag and track Snail Kites in order to learn more about their migration patterns as they forage for snails across wetlands in South America.

A special thanks to Adriano Gambarini (www.adrianogambarini.com) for putting together this beautiful video. Additional thanks to our partners Saudi Aramco, ICMBio, Estação Ecológica do Taim - RS.
Follow Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists as they discover the unknown migrations and movements of various species, including species native to dense tropical forests in Brazil like the Bare-throated bellbird (Procnias nudicollis).
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are tracking Asian elephants in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region using GPS collars. Though they set out to understand how elephants use the land, their research has also revealed a troubling rise in poaching. Unlike African elephants, Asian elephants are poached for their skin and eat — making males, females and calves equal targets. Conservation efforts in Myanmar are shifting to stop this urgent threat.
Humans and elephants are increasingly living in the same places, but science can help prevent conflict between them. Watch part two of our new series—Field in Focus.
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