Kuwait monitors eagles and sea turtles by satellite
In environmental scientific projects that are the first of their kind in the Arab world and internationally, the Kuwaiti Environment Lens team, with the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, and under the supervision of the Environment Public Authority, was able to track 10 types of eagles, six of which are “large speckled”, two “radian” and two Long-legged floater.
The researchers in the project placed on the back of the eagle the first solar-powered tracking device, to determine its location in its migration around the world, after monitoring it annually as a visitor to the Jahra Reserve and Kuwait Bay.
The Kuwaiti eagle succeeded in reaching its journey to Russia, returning to the same point from which it started in the Jahra Reserve, and then returning again to Russia, in the second year, and researchers are still tracking it.
The researchers were able to identify one of the hotspots that endanger the eagle in eastern Iran, where contact with a bird was lost, and a researcher was contacted there in the environmental field, who found the devices broken, and listened to the story of a farmer, who confirmed that the eagle was dead, With a trace of a large wound in the chest area.
In another context, the researchers repeated their experience at the end of last week, after they launched a tracking system for sea turtles, in cooperation with the Scientific Center, where they were rehabilitated and a GPS tracking system was developed to follow their movement, with the aim of protecting their habitats.