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LIFE Project team mebers with Rob Sheldon at a Project site in Romania A new monitoring methodology will try to encompass the monitoring schemes along the flyway of the Red-breasted Goose and set a new structured systematic work to collect vital data on the population of the species. This is part of the activities implemented within the framwork of the recently launched LIFE project "LIFE for Safe Flight". [Read more]
This autumn gives a start to a new project that will support conservation work along the global flyway of the Red-breasted Goose. The new project is co-funded by the EU LIFE Program and will include work at key sites in all the five key range countries of the species. The Project "LIFE for Safe Flight" is lead by BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria and includes partners from Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. [Read more]
A new study lead by Dutch scientists found that experimental warming increased biomass accumulation and sped up the decline in nitrogen concentration of forage plants at the Arctic breeding site but not at temperate wintering and stop-over sites. Increasing spring temperatures in the Arctic will thus shorten the food peak of nitrogen-rich forage at the breeding rounds. [Read more]
Geese caught in cold spell in Bulgaria - photo Ralica Georgieva The sudden onset of winter in parts of Europe, particularly in the south-east of the continent, with extreme low temperatures and heavy snow storms has been affecting waterbird populations. [Read more]
migrating waterbirds in Kazakhstan - © Alexey Timoshenko In November last year the Committee on Forestry and Wildlife of Kazakhstan has introduced a ban on spring hunting, which covers in the period 16th February to 14th June. In addition there has been reduction of the bag limit per hunter per day, which now reduced to 5 birds. [Read more]
Mixed flock of Redbreasts grazing in a field in NE Bulgaria Lead shot is the preferred ammunition for many hunters. It is highly toxic and causes high mortality in many wildfowl, including non-target species, which accidentally ingest spent shot pellets along with grit, used to aid digestion. It was currently unknown if lead poisoning was an issue in Red-breasted Geese, what the potential sources of lead are for this species, or whether lead poses a greater risk in particular parts of the flyway. [Read more]
On 3 July 2016 in Ottawa, Canada after a long period of ill health pioneer waterbird researcher Hugh Boyd passed away.  Hugh was a pioneer of waterbird science and helped lay the foundations of AEWA as well as being a great supporter of the Ramsar Convention.  In the UK, he helped establish from scratch a great deal of the essential work, now taken for granted, such as systematic counts, the use of ringing in understanding demographics, studies of age ratios and aerial surveys.  Moving to Canada, he provided great impetus to the work of the migratory bird sectio [Read more]


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