Hundreds of birds to become “ambassadors of Lithuania”2017-04-10
Each year millions of Lithuanian birds migrate to different European countries and Asia, and quite a lot of them reach the African continent. These birds are a type of our country’s ambassadors. Some of the migrating birds have bands on their legs – a Lithuanian “passport” with the address of the Kaunas Zoological Museum. The banding of birds in Lithuania has been conducted for almost 90 years.
For the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Lithuanian state, the Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum has come to help with the implementation of the project “Birds – Ambassadors of Lithuania”. During the project term of 2017–2018, colour bands are to be used for marking 200 protected bird species in all ethnographic regions of Lithuania (100 species each year), in particular young birds of the black stork, lesser spotted eagle, black and red kite, white tailed sea eagle and osprey. The project developers refer to them as “special ambassadors”. Dozens of these birds have also been supplied with GPS transmitters. The migration of birds with such transmitters will be monitored via the satellite communication and shown publicly.
This project will help to enhance the knowledge about protected bird species, bird migration and its threats, and safeguard measures. Most importantly, the birds will also promote Lithuania in the world which will be an excellent gift for the 100th anniversary of the restoration of our state.
We would like to note that a banded male black stork with a GPS transmitter has returned to its nest in Estonia. The live broadcast from the nest can be watched here.