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Scientists plan to attach satellite transmitters to rare geese in two regions of Yamal

Members of the Bird Ringing Centre at the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences are planning to use the satellite transmitters to follow taiga bean geese of two regions of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District (YNAD). It is a rare geese species, one of the least studied in the world. This is needed to track the migration routes, which might change sometimes, the district Department for Science and Innovation informed.
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The scientists have been monitoring rare species of Arctic birds, which nest in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, since 2010. The data on 26 species of anseriformes has been obtained since then. «We managed to find out that rare and poorly studied taiga birds migrate to the highlands of Tien Shan, where China borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,» the Department added.

Specimens of Bewick’s swans (Cygnus bewickii) and taiga bean geese, which are already being tracked by such transmitters, and which had wintered on Lake Poyang in China and high-altitude areas of Central Asia, began migrating to the nesting sites in Yamal in early March, but late spring in the region influenced the timing of their return.

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