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Mapping Asian bird migration routes with Argos

May 24, 2017



Black headed gulls migration from China. Argos tracking data courtesy of Heqi Wu.

At the 2nd Argos Asian Wildlife Tracking Workshop in Incheon, Korea, Dr. Heqi Wu, a Chinese ornithologist, will present “An introduction on Sino-BON birds CAS and major works.”  He will introduce a monitoring network on important water bird species migratory movements in Asia launched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Sino-BON birds.

During the first five years, nearly 20 species, more than 500 individuals will be tracked in different regions in China to map the migration routes in Asia, to monitor population movement and find important regions for life history. Since 2016, the network has tracked more than 20 species that migrate to China. Among them, Argos PTT have been used on migration of Black headed Gulls  (for 34 individuals). Different migration routes and some important stopover sites and key summer regions have been found.


Dr Heqi Wu

Heqi Wu

Dr. Heqi Wu

Dr Heqi Wu is a Chinese ornithologist who interest in movement ecology of birds in alpine wetlands. His major research is on crane and water birds conservation in south-western China. In Spring of 2004, their team made the first satellite tracking research on the migration of Grus necropolis in China by using Argos Platform Transmitter Terminals. Since then, they have worked on crane and water bird population monitoring in Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in China. Argos satellite tracking is one of the most important tools of their research and they have tracked migration and movement of Bar headed Goose, Grey Goose, Grey Crane, Black Stork, Black headed Gull and Red shell duck in south-western China.