Stork equipped with GPS raises concerns after disappearance in Lebanon
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) recently received an alert from an Estonian expert about a migrating black stork that apparently disappeared in Lebanon mid-migration.
In the alert, Dr Urmas Sellis of the Eagle Club of Estonia expressed concern about the said club’s fastest black stork, Timmu, which had stopped sending GPS data through its transmitter from the September 15, the SPNL said in a blog post Thursday. .
The endangered animal had been around the Kfar Selouan lakes in Mount Lebanon governorate for a strangely long period, the SPNL said, but its GPS data so far had not indicated its death by illegal hunting.
Nonetheless, the alert prompted the SPNL to search the Kfar Selouan region to hopefully rule out the possibility of illegal hunting, but the bird has not been found.
Fortunately, Timmu turned out to be safe and was, according to the latest GPS data from Thursday, already all the way in Ethiopia.
The fast, long-necked bird had traveled very quickly but returned data to its trackers in an irregular fashion.
Although Timmu left Lebanon unharmed, many other storks do not.
Despite local efforts to prevent illegal hunting of these animals, many migratory birds are slaughtered as they pass through Lebanon, especially in March when thousands of migrating white storks were shot dead in flight using automatic weapons. and other guns.
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