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.
During 2021-2023 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:
- Yellow is “Maestros“, the first Dalmatian Pelican tagged with a satellite transmitter in Western Greece in April 2021, 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 2021 in the protected area of Amvrakikos Gulf.
- Purple is “Albena“, a young, almost two-year-old bird tagged in March 2023 in the Burgas Lakes area, Bulgaria.
- Blue is “Desi“, a young, almost two-year-old bird tagged in February 2023 in the Burgas Lakes area, Bulgaria.
- Orange is “Hristina“, the adult Dalmatian pelican tagged in March 2023 in the Burgas Lakes area, Bulgaria
- Green is “Kali“, the first Dalmatian pelican tagged with a satellite transmitter from a nesting colony in Bulgaria. She was tagged in June 2022 in the Kalimok-Brushlen Protected Area.
- Pink is “Nasi“, the adult Dalmatian pelican tagged in February 2023 in the Burgas Lakes area, Bulgaria.