Back in April 2011 I interviewed Chris Bowden about his work trying to save the Critically Endangered Northen Bald Ibis from extinction. Updates are posted by Chris on an RSPB blog and he’s recently posted the excellent news that all three surviving adults of the tiny eastern population have survived migration and are back on the historic breeding-grounds in the (currently) war-torn country of Syria:
- We’ve just heard from the team in Syria that all three adults… Odeinat, Salama and Zenobia, are safely back from migration on the Syrian breeding grounds today! This is particularly pleasing since Salama had not transmitted since late last year, but this now seems to simply be tag failure rather than anything worse. Still no sign of the other two untagged birds that were seen on the Ethiopian wintering grounds, so where those birds go is becoming a source of speculation. Or perhaps they will appear at Palmyra one of these days?
Of course we all hope that the current troubles in Syria are soon resolved, and wish our colleagues there a successful and safe season.
For more information:
- RSPB Northern Bald Ibis satellite tracking project: http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/tracking/northernbaldibis/
- International Advisory Group for the Northern Bald Ibis: http://www.iagnbi.org/
- BirdLife International ‘datazone’ page on the Northern Bald Ibis: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3791
- BirdLife’s Preventing Extinctions Programme welcomes Prince Albert of Monaco: http://www.birdlife.org/news/news/2009/07/nbi_champion.html
- Syrian Desert Commission: http://gcb.gov.sy/ar/
- Syrian Society for Conservation and Wildlife: http://www.sscw-syria.org/ar/
- IUCN Middle East -Ibis Project Kicks off in Palmyra: http://www.iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/rowa/?3015/Ibis-Project-Kicks-off-in-Palmyra
- Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society: http://ewnhs.org.et/
- Waldrappteam (Austria): http://www.waldrappteam.at/waldrappteam/indexl.htm
- National Geographic online interview with Gianluca Serra, March 18 2011: “New Hope for a Rare Bird in the Syrian Desert”