Professor Kate Jeffery of University College London gave the annual address to the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) this year (2014). This article published in RIN’s Navigation News is, for me, a seminal step forward in describing the parameters of animal navigation and building a structure to delve deeper into how navigation might work.
Her idea that you need to know where North is in order to orientate your “map” makes sense of a whole lot of otherwise incomprehensible research. Knowing where North is without a map does not get you home.
Editor September 2014