British Supervision for Russian Peregrines
25.09.2009 — News
International Wildlife Consultants (UK) intends to conduct a five-year survey of peregrine falcons that inhabit Russia's northern regions. The research began in Yamal in 2009.
Associates of the Labytnangi (YaNAO) Branch of the Plant and Animal Ecology Institute with the Urals Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences are partners in the project. The Yamal scientists have caught 9 female and 1 male wild falcons, and equipped them with special transmitters, Alexander Sokolov, Deputy Director of the Branch, informed RusBusinessNews. The transmitters make it possible to monitor the movements of the feathered tribe online via satellite connection.
The scientists managed to track a male peregrine's migration to its winter habitat. It departed from Yamal on 1 September and reached Baghdad in 23 days, having travelled 5 thousand kilometres. Females that follow its route are currently travelling in southern regions of Russia.
International Wildlife Consultants plans to spend about 350 thousand euro for the implementation the project. Next year falcons from Yakutia will join the Yamal peregrines.
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