Qinghai Lake National Nature Reserve is the largest saline lake in northwest China, and the site of a major outbreak of HP H5N1 in wild waterfowl in 2005. In March and April 2007, an international team from U. S. Geological Survey (Western Ecological Research Center
, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
, and Alaska Science Center
), United Nations-FAO
, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Computer Network Information Center, Institute of Zoology, Microbiology, Virology, and NW Institute of Qinghai Plateau Biology)
, and Qinghai Lakes National Nature Reserve developed a project satellite-marking bar-headed geese and ruddy shelducks at Qinghai Lake to track their movements and migration routes.
Tracking of bar-headed geese from Qinghai Lake funded in part by National Science Foundation grant #0713027.
The objective of this study is to examine the movement of migratory birds from the area where a H5N1 outbreak has occurred. Follow the links on the menu bar for details on projects and to see migration maps for different species.
FAO Contact For This Project
USGS Contact For This Project
EMPRES Wildlife Unit
Food & Agriculture Organization, United Nations
Rome, Italy 00153
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