Rare northern bald ibis migrate back to breeding grounds in Syria


This 2014 video is called Demovideo LIFE+ Northern Bald Ibis Project Reason for Hope.

From Wildlife Extra:

Northern bald ibis return to Syria from their wintering grounds in Ethiopia

The rarest birds in the Middle East are returning to breeding grounds after being fitted with satellite tags to unveil the mystery of their migration journey.

The re-appearance of one northern bald ibis in Palmyra, Syria, with two others on its tail, has been heralded as a success for the nine-month tracking project that began when scientists tagged three adult birds last summer.

The trio, Sultan, Salam and Zenobia (the latter named after Palmyra’s third-century warrior queen) have flown more than 3,800 miles across seven countries on their migration route spending the winter in the Ethiopian highlands, 50 miles from the country’s capital Addis Ababa.

Bedouin nomads and rangers from the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform are protecting the breeding site and the new tracking data will help conservationists safeguard the birds on migration and over winter as well.

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Northern bald ibis in Austria: here.

4 thoughts on “Rare northern bald ibis migrate back to breeding grounds in Syria

  1. Syrian bird book launched – The first bird book for Syria will be launched soon. “This field guide is a critical conservation tool for conservation in Syria and the whole of Arabia”, said, Ibrahim Khader – the Regional Director of Middle East secretariat of BirdLife International. The guide is written in Arabic, covers a total of 393 species and has been jointly produced by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) and BirdLife International.

    “Birds of Syria gives a significant rise in hopes to protect threatened birds in the country, and provides the opportunity for growing conservation efforts in Syria”, said Dr Akram Darwish – Chair of SSCW. “Local language field guides inspire people to care for their natural environment”, said Ade Long, BirdLife’s Head of Communications.

    http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2008/12/news_bytes_dec08_1.html

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