We last reported to you about releasing more of these beautiful aquatic birds into the wild. But breeding and releasing is not enough – the progress of released individuals needs to be monitored so that the conservation program can be adjusted to achieve optimal results.
Accordingly, our project leaders have decided to appoint a student researcher to monitor released ducks and to track their movements. This data will help us to analyze whether the hard or soft releases are more effective; which areas the ducks tend to prefer and their survival success rate at the various release locations. We have been able to add this staff member thanks in part to the Aharon Shulov Fund and in part thanks to the generous support of our GlobalGiving supporters – so a very big thank you to all of you!
In time, we hope to be able to afford to implant tracking microchips in the individuals released so that we can monitor their movements in real time and keep more accurate records.
Thank you for your continued support of this important wildlife conservation program.
Nicole and the Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
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