New godwits in the air!

A fresh group of adult black-tailed godwits have been equipped with satellite trackers and released in the Tejo estuary of Portugal. Four of the individuals; Akamé, Montijo, Sarilhos, and Evoa II are already visible online.

Jelle Loonstra (right ) and José Alves (left) releasing the godwits newly equipped with solar satellite tags

In the next weeks thousands of godwits will join this group in the Tejo estuary as they migrate towards their breeding grounds in Western-Europe, of which around 80% will return to The Netherlands.

Throughout their migration from Africa to Western-Europe, godwits can be found at the interface of semi-natural wetlands and wet agriculture. By tracking godwits and their habitat choices, godwits will help us to establish biologically relevant criteria for evaluating healthy, well managed soils.

The Tejo and Sado estuaries in Portugal are increasingly important for godwit migration

Thank you for the successful catch, and excellent care of the individuals: Afonso Rocha, Jelle Loonstra, José Alves, Veronica Mendez, Jos Masero and Pipe Abad.
This new tagging effort was made possible by the financial support of the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds and an anonymous donor.

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