Turkey to monitor baby storks throughout their journeys to Africa

A number of baby storks born in Turkey will be monitored throughout their journeys to Africa thanks to a monitoring & protection project.

Turkey to monitor baby storks throughout their journeys to Africa

 

A number of baby storks born in Turkey will be monitored throughout their journeys to Africa thanks to a monitoring & protection project carried out by Turkish academics and officials.

In an interview with AA, Prof. Mehmet Siki from Ege University's Natural History Center said that a total of 80 storks, all born in Selcuk town of the Aegean province of Izmir, had been marked with a "bird ringing" technique in an effort to monitor various phases of their lives such as migration, longevity, mortality, population and feeding behaviours.

Within the scope of the project, baby storks, which were born on "platform nests" on top of utility poles and aquadects, were marked in their legs with the letter "T", representing "Turkey" as their birthplace, Siki said.

Noting that the project was being carried out with the support of biologists, bird watchers and vets, Prof. Siki said the study would help experts get information on whether the storks would return to their hometowns, the routes they would follow while flying to and back from Africa, their feeding areas and reproduction phases.

Siki said similar studies were carried out frequently in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and France, adding the project in Selcuk would be the first in Turkey.
 

AA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2010, 12:47
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