As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

From carrier pigeons to text-messaging pelicans


Many Israelis rarely leave home without a cellphone. Starting this month several pelicans headed abroad will also be equipped with SIM cards in an unusual attempt to track the movements of the migrating birds.

The pelicans, which are making their way to Africa, will start transmitting SMS messages from devices attached to their bodies, in a joint project of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Small World telecommunications company, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.

One of the goals of the project is to monitor the birds, some of which arrive in Israel malnourished, and determine how to meet their nutritional needs without harming the livelihood of commercial fish breeders.

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