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Mission completed! Decebal reached successfully Siberia!

Colleagues from ROS/BirdLife Romania report that after 95 days and 8922 km on 14th of June, 2014 Decebal arrived successfully at his breeding grounds in Taymyr Peninsula, the northernmost part of the mainland of Eurasia. Decebal starts his spring migration on 12th of March flying over Black Sea directly from Durankulak Lake to Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine. The lakes complex near town of Druzhelyubka was his refueling station where he spent several days. Manych-Gudilo Lake Complex, known as one of the most important staging area in Russia was his next stopover site. There Decebal stayed until 31st of March. Small lake near Shatta village in Kazakhstan was the next station, where he spent another 10 days before to continue its migration. Heading northeast, Decebal made huge leap of 1000 km on 9th of April just for 2 days, arriving in his next staging area – vicinity of Yavlenka village, North Kazakhstan. On 15th of May, Decebal made another huge leap of 1200 km straight forward to the north, approaching Yamal-Nenets autonomous district in the Arctic Circle. The Delta of Ob River was the last staging area of Decebal, where he arrived on 5th of June. One week later Decebal arrived successfully at his breeding grounds in the vicinity of Lake Kuchumka, near Pyasina River.

Unfortunately, the destiny of Darko, the other Red-breasted Goose we tagged will remain most probably unknown. His transmitter is still working, but the data we are receiving is not very precise, which might indicates that something bad happens with him. The geese were caught on February 12, 2014 near Durankulak Lake (Bulgaria) during the International expedition, part of the project “Save Ground for Redbreasts”, LIFE 09/NAT/BG/000230. The purpose of our study is to find more information about the most important stopover sites during their migration from the wintering areas in Bulgaria and Romania to the breeding grounds in Arctic Russia. The satellite telemetry data is providing reliable source of information which is improving our knowledge and helps to determine the most appropriate conservation actions.

Decebal migration route