Nice Egrets Launched with GPS Trackers To Support in Waterbird Analysis
Earlier than launch on July 31, 2020, this orphaned Nice Egret arrived in care dehydrated and emaciated. Picture: Cheryl Reynolds – Worldwide Hen Rescue
The current launch of Nice Egrets raised by Worldwide Hen Rescue and outfitted with particular International Positioning System (GPS) trackers will support within the analysis of this majestic waterbird species.
The GPS backpack was supplied and fitted by our pals from Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) as a part of a research of the actions and migrations by Nice Egrets. ACR is monitoring these birds’ actions to study extra about their interactions with wetland ecosystems to higher inform their conservation efforts.
Capturing wholesome egrets within the wild is extraordinarily troublesome, so ACR Director of Conservation Science, Nils Warnock, reached out to ask Hen Rescue to collaborate. Nice Egrets getting launched can be outfitted with trackers to assist ACR increase its research inhabitants. A backpack is fitted onto a robust and wholesome Nice Egret and monitored for a few days previous to launch to be sure that it gained’t trigger any points for the chicken.
Not solely does this partnership enable us to assist in necessary habitat conservation analysis, it additionally offers us the chance to study the place our sufferers go and the way they behave post-release. To date, two Nice Egrets have been launched from Hen Rescue with GPS transmitters as a part of this research.
You may study extra in regards to the venture and see a map of the birds’ actions at https://www.egret.org/heron-egret-telemetry-project
Nice Egret flies off with hooked up GPS that may support in analysis. Picture: Cheryl Reynolds – Worldwide Hen Rescue