Jul 20 2017
With nesting underway and the majority of the northern migration complete, what better time to take a look back at what a magnificent journey we’ve witnessed so far…
Inside this update of the AWSG Satellite Transmitter Project 2017, you will find a comprehensive recap of the different migratory paths undertaken so far as well as some fun and interesting stats detailing the journey so far.
Follow the link through to update 7 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
Jul 20 2017
A five year memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Paulson Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Hebei Provincial Forestry Department and Hebei Luannan County Government has been signed aiming to protect the Nanpu coastal wetland, one of the most important staging habitats for migratory waterbirds along Bohai Bay in China.
Over the past 50 years, China has lost more than 60 percent of its natural coastal wetlands. This agreement, among others, is a step in the right direction towards the protection of these crucial staging and refuelling areas of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) and the multitude of birds that depend on them for their survival.
Please click here to read the full article and learn more about this encouraging development.
Jul 13 2017
The Global Flyway Network Great Knots wearing satellite transmitters that were issued in NW Australia, have started their southward migration back to Australia!
Very excitingly, one Great Knot, nick-named “Green” has been photographed by team member Dmitry Dorofeev amongst tens of thousands of shorebirds in Kamchatka and is now heading south through Shchastya Bay.
Follow the link through to Team Piersma’s article: News from Kamchatka, June-July 2017: learn about “Green”.
Embedded within the article is a fantastic short film by Dmitry about a very interesting re-sighting of one of his birds in the Arabian Gulf, check it out!
Jul 10 2017
The 6th National Beach-nesting Birds Conference was held in Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula over two days May 26th – 27th, 2017. The conference saw a record attendance of 143 passionate people from South Australia as well as interstate.
The three day conference saw a wide range of presentations and focus groups discussing current and emerging developments and challenges facing the beach-nesting birds themselves as well as the land managers and volunteers that work in tandem to ensure their survival as well as success. The conference culminated in a number of field trips to some of South Australia’s beach-nesting bird regions and was enjoyed by all!
Please follow the link to the 2017 Beach-nesting Bird Conference report to read more on the proceedings and the areas that were discussed.
Jul 10 2017
In the previous “Updates” we’ve seen KS settled down at its nesting location since the 2nd week. Whimbrel incubation period takes about 4 weeks with both parents sharing the duty.
From the 5th week since the beginning of incubation KS was observed to have travelled up to 40km from the nesting site, a strong indication that it’s young have hatched.
Follow the link through to update 6 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
Jun 26 2017
It has been quite a while since our last updates and we are delighted to see that both KS and KU have reached their breeding sites!
KS and KU have chosen different areas to nest and their nesting areas are approximately 630km apart from each other in the Sakha Republic, Russia.
Follow the link through to update 5 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
May 29 2017
Over the past week, our two Whimbrels ‘KS’ and ‘KU’ have made significant progress towards their breeding grounds. In one or two weeks’ time we should also hopefully be able to find out where they nest, which is one of the main objectives of this satellite tracking project. Another very interesting question is: Will ‘KS’ and ‘KU’ reunite again at the breeding grounds?
We are also now quite certain that ‘JX‘ will stay in Palawan, the Philippines. Nevertheless, it is still giving us valuable information as north-west Australia leg-flagged Whimbrels have not been resighted in South-East Asia before.
Follow the link through to update 4 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
May 29 2017
After nearly a month of northward migration, the satellite recordings of our Whimbrel’s journeys show us that individual birds of the same species, caught and tagged in the same flock in Australia can have vastly different journeys to their breeding grounds, high in the arctic circle.
While two of the three migrating Whimbrel have been observed to be forging ahead through China, one bird, ‘JX‘, has stalled in the Philippines for at least 20 days. It will be very interesting to see if ‘JX‘ finally completes the migration north to the breeding grounds in around a months time.
Follow the link through to update 3 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
May 29 2017
It is migration time and our satellite-tagged Whimbrels have set off as well! Three of our Whimbrels departed Australia between 16-20 April and they are now in the northern hemisphere.
As three of our tagged Whimbrel make their way up through South-East Asia and into China, it appears one may not have been up to the journey and will be wintering here in Australia until the next migratory season.
Follow the link through to update 2 of the 2017 AWSG satellite transmitter project to read the latest on the progress of the tagged Whimbrel!
May 29 2017
AWSG has been experimenting with the use of satellite transmitters for tracking the migration of shorebirds visiting North West Australia since November 2013 when five 5g satellite transmitters were deployed on Little Curlew in Roebuck Bay, Broome. Satellite tracking reveals extremely useful information about the migratory patterns and behaviors of target species.
It was decided to extend the satellite transmitter program to Whimbrel in 2017, with five 5g units being deployed at both 80 Mile Beach (one bird) and at Broome (four birds). In addition, recently released 2g transmitters, developed by Microwave Telemetry Inc. (MTI), were deployed on five Grey-tailed Tattler at 80 Mile Beach. This was carried out during the NWA 2017 Expedition, in February 2017.
Follow the link to read update 1 in a series of updates regarding the satellite tracking of the Whimbrel and Grey-tailed Tattlers as they prepare to depart our shores for their northern breeding grounds.
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