Satellite telemetry and marking the Dalmatian pelicans with color rings and wing tags help to collect information about movements, dispersal, and home range of the birds, as well as to monitor species survival rates, identify mortality factors, and more. For this purpose juvenile and adult individuals are trapped at roosting and feeding sites in Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece.
In 2021 a few birds were trapped and tagged under this mission. Explore the map below to track the movements of the tagged birds across the continent. Each bird has its own color on the map:
- Green is “Maria”. The immature female Dalmatian pelican tagged with a transmitter in Bulgaria in March was named after Dr. Maria Paspaleva-Talpyanu – a prominent Bulgarian ornithologist, ecologist, conservationist, and environmentalist, who has made a great contribution to the protection of birds and the nature of Bulgaria. It was released in the area of Atanasovsko Lake near Burgas.
- Yellow is “Maestros”, the first Dalmatian Pelican tagged with a satellite transmitter in Western Greece in April, was named after the north-western wind (mistral) that was blowing during its tagging. The bird was released in the National Park of Messolonghi lagoon.
- Red is “Anna”. The bird had courageously recovered from a serious infection, having spent two months in Thessaloniki’s wildlife care centre Action for Wildlife in Greece. It was released in the protected area of Amvrakikos Gulf.