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Wild Birds and Emerging Diseases: Investigating the role of swans and geese from Eastern Mongolia in the potential spread of avian influenza virus.

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September 6, 2006:

Satellites Help Scientists Track Migratory Birds: GPS the Latest Tool in Fight Against Avian Influenza

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Grassland steppe of eastern Mongolia near the border with Russia and China. --Photographer: D. Prosser, USGS

Grassland steppe of eastern Mongolia near the border with Russia and China. (Photo credit: D. Prosser, USGS)

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Field camp on a lake in eastern Mongolia, August 2006.  --Photographer: N. Batbayar, Mongolia Wildlife Science and Conservation Center

Field camp on a lake in eastern Mongolia, August 2006. (Photo credit: N. Batbayar, Mongolia Wildlife Science and Conservation Center)

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Whooper swans on a lake in eastern Mongolia.  --Photographer: J. Takekawa, USGS

Whooper swans on a lake in eastern Mongolia. (Photo credit: J. Takekawa, USGS)

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Field crew preparing to capture flightless whooper swans during molt. 
 --Photographer: N. Batbayar, Mongolia WSCC

Field crew preparing to capture flightless whooper swans during molt. (Photo credit: N. Batbayar, Mongolia WSCC)

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Marking whooper swans with GPS transmitters.  --Photographer: N. Batbayar, Mongolia WSCC

Marking whooper swans with GPS transmitters. (Photo credit: N. Batbayar, Mongolia WSCC)

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Release of a whooper swan marked with a GPS transmitter.  --Photographer: B. Chun, Korea National Museum

Release of a whooper swan marked with a GPS transmitter. (Photo credit: B. Chun, Korea National Museum)

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Satellite tracking movement path of one whooper swan leaving its breeding area in northeastern Mongolia on August 23rd and crossing into southern Russia where it has since occupied several lakes near the small town of Kubukhay (inset). --Photographer: D Douglas, USGS

Satellite tracking movement path of one whooper swan leaving its breeding area in northeastern Mongolia on August 23rd and crossing into southern Russia where it has since occupied several lakes near the small town of Kubukhay (inset). At the Mongolia-Russia border, data indicate that the swan was in-flight, traveling about 35 meters (115 feet) above the ground at 55 km/hour (34 miles/hour). (Image credit: D. Douglas, USGS)


Four whooper swans have left their breeding grounds in northeastern Mongolia, three of which migrated north across the Russian border in late August. --Photographer: D Douglas, USGS

Four whooper swans have left their breeding grounds in northeastern Mongolia, three of which migrated north across the Russian border in late August. (Image credit: D. Douglas, USGS)


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