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(NRP-200) Tracking Bustards

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Tracking Bustards
Robert J. Burnside, University of East Anglia

The migratory Asian Houbara is threatened by habitat loss and over-exploitation in its breeding and wintering areas. Using cutting-edge backpack mounted solar-powered GPS technology, scientists at the University of East Anglia on the Norwich Research Park are able to monitor all aspects of an individual's life such as breeding success, movements, habitat choice, migration routes, and causes of mortality. This evidence is then used to inform demographic models and conservation planning which will aid the recovery and persistence of this species. This male Houbara was caught, marked and released in Uzbekistan.

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