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Ecology and Conservation of Wild Birds in the Poyang Lake Region: a Satellite Telemetry Pilot Project

Measuring the wing length of a Eurasian wigeon
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 (Institute of Zoology, and Wuhan Institute of Virology), University of New Hampshire (Complex Systems Research Center), and Poyang Lakes National Nature Reserve initiated a project satellite-marking ducks at Poyang Lake to track their movements and migration routes in March 2007. 

Project Details

Three species of ducks will be selected for the study from among common waterfowl species at Poyang Lake including include common teal, spot-billed ducks, mallards, pintails, and ruddy shelduck. Local movements will help to document interactions of poultry and wild birds at Poyang, while migratory movements will indicate which areas are linked to this region. Follow the links on the menu bar for details on projects and to see migration maps for different species. 


The objective of the study is to learn more about migratory bird movements from this region and to document areas with exposure to HP H5N1.

FAO Contact For This Project 
    Scott Newman
    EMPRES Wildlife Unit
    Food & Agriculture Organization, United Nations
    Rome, Italy 00153

USGS Contact For This Project
John Takekawa - Emeritus
(707) 562-2000
San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station
505 Azuar Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
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