Help to Buy Transmitters for Black Storks
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Juvenile Black Storks Need Your Help
The Eagle Club of Estonia has twelve years experience of streaming Black Storks' nest life online. An ever-increasing fan club has grown during that time and every year new people join the ranks of observers. Special forums about the webcams are established, where people can share their observations, photos and videos. You may be, or may become a member of this community.
Black Storks breed as far from human settlements as possible, therefore, watching them directly without a webcam is almost impossible. For the survival of this endangered species, it is also important to follow the juveniles after nest life, when the chicks start to live their independent lives.
It is possible to install small transmitters on the almost grown-up chicks while they are still in the nest. This gives information about their movements after fledging, during their first migration to the south, and further. There are two types of transmitter in current use; the 'backpack' type and a leg-mounted model. In Estonia, the backpack type has been used up to now. There is also experience with the leg-mounted type in Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia.
Black Storks in Estonia had a disappointing breeding season for 2019.
Some nests were empty. In another, chicks had starved. There have been two years of drought in summer causing a shortage of food. Those that survived and fledged were in the Karula National Park. Four chicks hatched and two survived to fledge.
Life at the nest is seen via a webcam and followed by the Looduskalender forum
For the past year, there has been a dedicated topic about Following Karls' Families by using data from the transmitters
As so little is known about the early years of young Black Storks after they leave the nest, much can be learned by the use of transmitters.
It is known that only 20% of juvenile Black Storks survive the first year. If we can learn more we can perhaps help them. Such efforts as laws to protect their environment, more thought given to the placement of power lines and wind farms, the prohibition of 'recreational' shooting and any other measures within the scope of mankind could make a big difference to this endangered species.
So, we are asking for donations to enable us to buy more transmitters. Each transmitter costs about 1000 (one thousand) euro. The funds raised will be used by Kotkaklubi, the Estonian Eagle club.
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