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A Journey Fraught with Dangers

The migration route of a disappearing speacies

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Turtle Doves are disappearing from our landscape. Since the 1970s, their population has plummeted by more than 85% in West Europe: the Netherlands has seen a 97% population decline. The decline of this migratory dove is a complex and international problem – habitat loss in both wintering and breeding areas, unsustainable (legal) hunting, illegal trapping and killing, and disease are all contributors to their decline.

If we can establish which countries and regions Dutch Turtle Doves pass through and winter in, the Netherlands will be able to contribute to the international conservation effort for the species. This data can be used to apply pressure to Governments regarding the hunting policies of individual countries, or the development and maintenance of suitable Turtle Dove habitat in wintering grounds or in vulnerable migratory bottleneck and stop-over areas.

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In order to learn more about the migration of Dutch Turtle Doves, two doves will be equipped with satellite trackers (“PTTs”) by means of a small “backpack” harness. Modern satellite technology will provide detailed information regarding the dove’s location, allowing us to follow each dove’s progress online. The trackers selected for this project are the lightest available, weighing just 2g, so as to cause as little inconvenience to the dove as possible.

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PTT - A satellite transmitter from Microwave Telemetry

This research is financed by Vogelbescherming Nederland, BirdLife International and Het Zeeuwse Landschap

It is conducted with the support and advice from SOVON Vogelonderzoek Nederland, Rijks Universiteit Groningen and the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany)

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