Saturday, January 29, 2011 2:25:48 PM
A project aiming to monitor the behaviour and movements of the endangered Red)Breasted Goose, have received a boost.
In Bulgaria there have successfully captured,banded and attached miniature GPS transmitters to six individual Red Breasted Geese,which were caught along with 30 Greate white fronted Geese. This Is a first in the world to study this species using GPS,which has proved succesful in monitoring species with similar behavior and migration patterns. (RP EW 1999)
Data will be recorded by satellite as the birds move around their traditional wintering sites, near the Shabla and Durankulak lakes, as part of the project 'conservation of the wintering population of red breasted goose" funded by life-programme of the EU.
Through the project it is hoped that scientists will learn much more about this species,enabling them to set out appropriate conservation measures.
In addition,the satellite data gained may contribute to the establishment of environmental schemes for farmers in the region.
Teams carrying out coastal area monitoring in Dobruja have counted the winter arrival of 6.000 red breasted geese and 60.000 Greater White fronted geese with a coming cold spell can this number increase significantly,with red breasted geese numbers predicted to enter the tens of thousands.
Saturday, January 22, 2011 2:47:15 PM
Recent surveys of Prince Ruspoli's Turaco, suggest that rats of habitat change have been very fast in the northern part of the species range, were large areas have been converted to agriculture and plantations of exotic trees.
The results of this survey will be of inmediate use for conservation,as the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society.
Ethiopia,prepares to develop a Conservation Action plan for the Prince Ruspoli's Turaco.
The species action plan will be made possible though recently financial support by British Birdwatching fair.
The Prince Ruspoli's Tauraco, is a macaw sized bird with scarlet and navy blue wings,long tail and green and with head.
It was first discovered among the personal effects of Prince Ruspoli after he was crusted to dead by an elephant in 1893.
As the unfortunate nobleman had not had time to label the specimen, its origins remained a mystery for half a century before the species was seen in the wild by an English naturalist in southern Ethiopia .
In 1995 its population was estimated at 10.000 individuals,but alarming rates of habitat destruction in the region were feared to have had negative effects on this bird, that lives along forest edges and in woodlands with scattered podocarpus and fig trees.
Fortunately,in the central part of Ruspoli's Turaco's range, the woodlands are still largely intact.
We can see how woodchopper nevast can be for the nature
Saturday, January 15, 2011 1:41:07 PM
Since 2003 Bulgaria has been working to conserve the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria. The gained kwowledge during these years firmly shows that the main reason for the species decline is the increased adult mortality due to various anthropogenic threats.
A significant part of the lose of birds is happening outside Bulgaria during the migration and non breeding period. In the last seven years probably more than 20 adult birds did not return from their wintering areas.
A study of two years, on one and the same transect in the Afar triangle respectively 135 and 140 Egyptian Vultures were counted.
The vultures were recoded in a semi-desert area at an altitude between 140 and 123 m. The Vultures were recorded though counting of the individuals roosting on electricity pole along the main road in the region from the southwestern corner of the Afar triangle to the Djibouti border and in the region of Dire Dawa town.
The count was implemented before sunset between 15.30 and 18.00.
The data gathered by interviewing local people shows that nowadays the Afar triangle is a relatively safe wintering place for Egyptian Vultures. The use of poisons against carnivores seems to be not practiced, the electrocution is probably a very minor threat no electrocuted birds were found. and the local people traditionally do not harm the vultures.
Given the huge importance of Afar for the wintering birds from big parts of Asia,long term work on the species needs to be initiated and the limiting factors closely monitored will we find the solution.
Saturday, January 8, 2011 12:47:21 PM
The 2009 report focuses on revegetation for woodland birds, particularly those in agricultual landscapes.
Australia's woodlands especially in the temperate south-eastern and south-western wheat and sheep belts are among the most extensively cleared, fragmented and severely degraded habitats on the continent. And Australia's woodland birds, including many species generally regarded as common and widespread, are declining at an alarming rate.
This publication concentrates on issues facing the revegetation of Australia's temperate and subtropical woodlands,particularly those that historically,have overlapped with areas of intensive agriculture.
There are multitude of issues and a vast array of literature on this subject,and no attempt has been made at exhaustive coverage.
The report merely introduces some of the key themes relevant to woodland birds, native vegetation clearance, revegetation,regrowth,spatial attributes,heterogeneity and will this also sty on paper ore will this be don In the year 2011 Lets hope......
Saturday, January 1, 2011 1:47:36 PM
Vultures in one of Africa's most significant wildlife reserves are declining at an alarming rate according to a new study in BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION.
Researches found that vulture populations including African White backed, Ruppell's and Hooded vultures around the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya have dropped up to 60% over three decades.
The primary causes are change in land use and other human activity,particularly the poisoning of livestock carcasses intended to kill lions and other large predators.
Vultures quickly die after scavenging on the tainted carcasses.
Staggering declines in abundance were found for seven of eight scavenging surveyed.
Another study published early 2010, showed similar trends, revealing declines of 70% for scavenging birds, primarily vultures, over a three year period in central Kenya.
In Many areas, livestock owners misuse a pesticide called FURADAN to poison lions and other large predators that kill the livestock.
Tey set out carcass laced with the poison,which is subsequently scavenged by vultures.
Also because they are social animals that feed together, many cultures can be killed by a single poisoning event.
Scavengers occupy an essential niche in the ecosystem as a clean-up and recycling crew.
The recent study proof that humans are the problem, wen will this end.......
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