Scientists Plan To Track Cuckoos
The British Trust for Ornithology has announced plans by scientists to attach tiny satellite trackers to cuckoos in order to better understand their migration patterns. In the last 25 years, the cuckoo population of the UK has dwindled by about 65%.
The team will tag five male birds with trackers like tiny backpacks that weigh just five grams. The GPS trackers will communicate their whereabouts via a satellite-based system called Argos, which was specifically developed to collect environmental data and has been adopted for several wildlife tracking studies. However, before the team fit these trackers, the birds had to be caught – no easy matter. As a lure the team of scientists have used a stuffed female cuckoo and played female cuckoo recordings. Following several weeks of very early mornings they have managed to fit all five birds with tags.