'This rare mysterious inhabitant of the unknown north, which is only occasionally seen, and of which no one knows whence it cometh or whither it goeth, which belongs exclusively to the world to which the imagination aspires, is what, from the first moment I saw these tracts, I had always hoped to discover as my eyes roamed over the lonely plains of ice.'
From the diary of Fridthof Nansen, August 3d, 1894
However much it pains us to prove one of the coolest explorers ever wrong, after three years of effort on Nasaruvaalik Island, we can conclusively say that we now know exactly whither these elusive little guys goeth...at least a few of them anyway! Check out a fresh and fabulous paper from the HAGRG detailing a tracking study which finally lays to rest one the last great ornithological mysteries - the wintering grounds of the Ross's gull. It wasn't easy, but it sure was fun!