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Over 2600 satellite tracking systems used by the UAE to monitorHoubarabustard movements across the globe

Date : 01/11/2016

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Over 2600 satellite tracking systems used by the UAE to monitorHoubarabustard movements across the globe

Abu Dhabi, …….2016:

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation that is based in the Capital, Abu Dhabi, has revealed new discoveries using their satellitetracking program which monitorsHoubara bustards and their migration routes from the UAE to different Asian countries and across Northern Africa. The tracking initiative, which started in the mid 1990s, has succeeded in the discovery of many scientific facts about these birds,which improved the success rates of the breeding programbymonitoring the birds after their release into to the wild. The tracking program has also greatly aided in documenting and enhancing the Houbara Fund’s cooperation with environmental entities operating throughout the bustard’s migratory route.

The Fund’s Acting Head of Communication and Public Relations, Mr. Ali Mubarak Al Shamsi explained howthe Houbara Fund uses the latest international technologies to track the birds, “the Houbara bustards are fitted with 45-gram devices that send signals to satellites every four hours. The devices help researchers across our scientific institutes to learn about the bird’s exact locationanywhere in the world. It also allows us to collect informationon the bird’s behavior in the wildandit’s nesting cycle. When a female Houbara is seen to be still for over eight hours, it can be assumed that she is laying her eggs.” Al Shamsi explained.

The tracking devices that are fitted on the Houbara bustards’ backs provide very accurate information including the birds’ temperature, their speed and height from ground.

 

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