Tracking migration of Yelkouan shearwater

This pilot study aims to better understanding of the migratory movements of a species endemic to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the Yelkouan shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan), which are still poorly understood to date. Previous work seems to indicate that some of the birds remain in the Mediterranean basin while others travel to the Black Sea.

In June 2021, GPS-GSM transmitters were deployed on 11 adults and 4 juveniles just before they leave their colony in Lastovo Archipelago (Croatia) by Sven Kapelj and his team from Udruga BIOM. These transmitters allow detailed live tracking without the need for recapture, and falls naturally from the bird after a few weeks of tracking.

SUMMARY MAPS & CONCLUDING REMARKS

BLOG 2021 (LIVE TRACKING)

In June 2022, GPS-GSM transmitters are currently deployed in Malta by Dr Marie Claire Gatt (Univ. Milan) & Dr Benjamin Metzger (Malta Seabird Project). For the second phase of the project, a particular attention is given to the juveniles.

TRACK SEABIRDS IN LIVE!

BLOG 2022 (LIVE TRACKING)