Jos and Jozien have been tagged with specialised solar satellite tags, which can be followed online from anywhere in the world. They mark the start of a new Turtle Dove project: "A Journey Fraught with Dangers".
The research is focussed on gaining insight into the migration route of Turtle Doves that spend the summer in the Netherlands. This is then communicated with the public via an online map, showing each dove's 'near-live' location.
We expect them to follow the "Western Flyway" - a Turtle Dove migration route crossing France, Spain, and Morocco. What we hope to learn more about are their essential pit stops, their wintering areas, and the exact dates that they cross known hunting areas in Southern Europe/North Africa.
To read more about this project, click here.
Over the coming months and years you'll be able to follow Jos and Jozien using our 'near-live' map (coming soon).
This project is a partnership between Birdlife the Netherlands (Vogelbescherming Nederland), SOVON and Jennifer Vreugdenhil, and is financially supported by BirdLife the Netherlands, BirdLife International, Het Zeeuwse Landschap and a private donor.