© Georgi Georgiev
In August, a team from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) tagged a juvenile Lesser spotted eagle with a GPS transmitter in the “Lomovete” Protected Area. The young bird has been named after a local supporter of raptor conservation and goes by the name Nikolay Milkov.
The tags are fitted on juvenile birds, before fledging. Tracking the eagles through satellite telemetry will help identify threats and causes of mortality among the birds during migration. It will allow for a deeper understanding of the species and, most importantly, provide more detailed information about its migration routes, preferred stopover locations during the long journey, temporary habitats, and many other crucial aspects of the Lesser spotted eagle’s life.
Since the beginning of the project, transmitters have been placed on 12 birds, and everybody can follow their movements HERE.
Tagging eagles with GPS transmitters is part of the activities within the LIFE project “LIFE for Eagle’s habitats”.