Fwd: [OB] volunteers requested for Yellow-breasted Bunting survey in Mon

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Subject: Fwd: [OB] volunteers requested for Yellow-breasted Bunting survey in Mongolia
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:52:46 +1000
Anyone for a jaunt to Mongolia?

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> From: "'Buckingham, David'  [orientalbirding]" 
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> Date: 13 April 2015 8:16:00 pm AEST
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> Subject: [OB] volunteers requested for Yellow-breasted Bunting survey in 
> Mongolia
> Reply-To: "Buckingham, David" <>
> Dear All
> Would you like to join in with surveys for breeding Yellow-breasted Buntings 
> in Mongolia?
> A Mongolian research team working on migrant birds is seeking help with 
> locating suitable breeding populations, so that they can track their annual 
> migration using geolocators. Teaming up with the Mongolian migrants project 
> offers a golden opportunity to learn more about the migration of this 
> threatened species. The decline of the Yellow-breasted Bunting has become 
> infamous due to the size of the population crash and because it is the 
> classic victim of several major conservation threats: it’s a long-distance 
> migrant, it breeds on threatened natural grasslands, it winters in 
> increasingly hostile agricultural areas and it’s good to eat/easy to catch, 
> resulting in severe hunting pressure. Because the species ranges over such 
> large areas each year, it is difficult to follow them and work out where the 
> main threats occur. For this reason, improving our knowledge of the species’ 
> migration is an important conservation goal.
> To make geolocator studies work, you need a reasonably large population of 
> birds breeding in one area. Geolocator tags are fitted to breeding adults as 
> these are the most likely to return to their breeding sites. It is necessary 
> to recapture each bird to retrieve the migration data from its tag. If you do 
> this right, each retrieved geolocator can provide more information than 
> 10,000’s of conventional metal bird rings/bands. The aim of this year’s work 
> is to locate suitable breeding populations. These sites will be revisited in 
> 2016 to tag birds and in 2017 to retrieve the tags after the birds have 
> undergone one annual migration. The surveys will take place in June and 
> further details can be found on the OSME website at:
> Best wishes
> Dave Buckingham
> OBC Conservation Committee
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