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BfN Schriften 66 - Eastern European White Stork Populations: Migration Studies and Elaboration of Conservation Measures

In 1990 we in Europe were able for the first time to employ a new, highly promising method:satellite t acking. It allowed us to investigate the migratory and staging behaviour ofendangered large bird species such as the White Stork Ciconia ciconia, relatively rapidly obtaining such extensive data that we could contemplate using it to work out targeted conservation programmes.
Willem Van den Bossche, Peter Berthold, Michael Kaatz, Eugeniusz Nowak and Ulrich Querner
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
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Once pilot experiments had proved successful (Berthold et al. 1997), the German Federal Ministry for Environmental Affairs accepted our applications for support and towards this end approved two F+E-(Research and Development-) Projects, which made it possible to conduct more comprehensive studies. The first, carried out in the period 1994-1997, was entitled "Investigation of Migratory Birds as Basis for the Conservation of Migratory Species within the Scope of the Bonn Convention – a Model Study of the White Stork based on Satellite Tracking – a joint German-Israeli Project (short title: German-Israeli White Stork Project; Z1.2-534 11-1/94).

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