BIRD-LOVERS will after all have a chance
to gather more information about the
highly, endangered wild Siberian
cranes. After dragging its feet over the
rnatter, the ministry of environment
and forests (MEF) recently permitted
conservationists to install a satellite transmitter on the back of one of the
cranes spending their winter at the
Keoladeo Ghana National Park near
Bharatpur, Rajasthan. These experiments will be the first of their kind in
The satellite transmitter would trace the migratory route of the cranes and collect details about their habitats and breeding ranges. When the cranes fly back to their Siberian homes, signals beamed from the transmitter would be received in Japan through the Argos satellite. Experts from India and, abroad have been trying to persuade the MEF to allow transmitter experiments since the cranes arrived in the Ghana park on February 1. The birds have come after a gap of two years and are expected to leave the, park some time this month.
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