'Explorer Buckbeak' Returns to Turkey

Kasif Sahgaga Returns to Turkey
'Explorer Buckbeak' Returns to Turkey

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry conducted researches within the scope of data collection studies for the protection of endangered species, in Kırklareli, Edirne, Istanbul, Tekirdağ, Çanakkale, Bolu, Çankırı, Çorum, Sivas, Tokat, Kırşehir, Aksaray, Niğde, Konya, Ankara and Eskişehir. Imperial eagle nests were scanned in suitable habitats in .

Nearly 80 nests were found by visiting the designated places. Satellite transmitter tracking devices were fitted to suitable offspring in the nests. Since 2017, the number of eagles fitted with the device has reached 12.

By monitoring individuals with satellite transmitters, the distribution of imperial eagles in suitable habitats in the country and the search behavior of young individuals for new suitable habitats were examined.

With these studies, it was also aimed to investigate the success rates of survival in the wild after the treatment of injured or weakened individuals.

The return of the Explorer Buckbeak

The young imperial eagle, which was found injured and brought to the Ankara University Wild Animal Treatment Unit, was released into nature after 6 months of treatment, with a satellite transmitter attached. The young imperial eagle, which was released to nature on May 18, started to make its way to the east quickly. Meanwhile, a name campaign was launched for the imperial eagle by the relevant units of the Ministry on social media. Eventually, the king eagle was named “Explorer Buckbeak”.

Explorer Buckbeak migrated to Russia's Dagestan Autonomous Region in about a week. After crossing this area, there was no signal from the eagle. After about 5 months, the young eagle came back to Turkey to spend the winter, just like last year. The imperial eagle, which has been in the vicinity of Çankırı for the last week, has shown that the imperial eagle population in the country has made a horizontal migration movement contrary to what was known before, with this migration movement.

Although the return movement seems to pass over the sea, it has been observed that this is a situation arising from the data frequency. Since no other point was recorded between the previous data of the bird and the data in Çankırı, it was predicted that the image of the bird on the map as if it was passing over the sea was misleading. It is estimated that the bird flew over land and returned to its former habitat.

In 10 years, 260 wild animals were fitted with a GPS transmitter collar.

The General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry monitors the diversity of wild animals across the country with 3 camera traps.

In the last 10 years, 24 wild animals from 260 species have been attached to collars with GPS transmitters and their life cycles have been scrutinized.

Günceleme: 16/10/2022 12:23

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