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Hunting elevates as significant threat along the Red-breasted Goose flyway

In the second half of March this year we got sad news from our Russian colleague Peter Glazov. One of the Redbreasts equipped with a WWT satellite tag this February  by the field team of the “Safe Grounds for Redbreast” Life+ Project and named ‘Troian” was shot by hunters.

Troian has spent February roosting on Durankulak Lake and feeding close by – typical behaviour for Red-breasts in late winter in NE Bulgaria. Although many geese departed over the following weeks, he remained in the ever-decreasing flock. Then Troian flew 650 km across the Black Sea to Kerch on the eastern tip of the Crimea peninsula. He stayed there for three days before a further 500-km leap, to the large reservoir at Volgodonsk. This same reservoir was visited by another sat tagged bird ‘Asparukh’ last spring before later heading south to Manych Gudilo.

Last year thanks to the continuous and energetic efforts of our Russian colleagues and namely Dr. Sonia Rozenfeld the spring hunting in Kalmykia was banned. This helped the tagged birds to survive last year to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. This year spring hunting was not restricted in this key bottleneck part of the flyway of the species has resulted in killing of one of the few satellite tagged birds.

Considering the birds shot by hunters amongst the Redbreasts equipped with sat tags by the US-Bulgarian Redbreasted Goose Project, the killed colour ringed bird by the “Safe Grounds for Redbreasts” and this last case build quite an evidence of the amount of illegal killing of Redbreast during spring hunting. Compared to how small the sample of the tagged and ringed birds are compared to the whole population, means that the illegal killing of birds during spring migration is a major threat while it is heading to reach its arctic breeding grounds.

Ban or limitation of the spring hunting during the backwards migration of the Red-breasted Goose to its breeding grounds is a key conservation action that needs to be address by the authorities across the flyway. There is now new information gained in the past 2-3 years via remote and satellite tracking and the ongoing efforts provide enough data and evidence of the timing of migration and the importance of spring hunting as a key threat to back http://taminternational.com/cheap/ up some actions in this respect.