RFCG search for suitable finch telemetry equipment is making good progress.

17 Jun

Shelley's crimsonwing skin (cockbird ) at the Durban Natural History Museum . Photo taken by Loraine Ralph

Using measurements kindly provided by the Durban Natural History Museum in SA of the Shelley’s crimsonwing , plus measurements of two of the birds near species namely the Red Faced crimsonwing as well as the Dusky crimsonwing , the RFCG recently briefed 4 manufactures of specialist telemetry equipment to provide recommendations on how best to tackle the planned research work .

All 4 manufacturers have submitted their professional recommendations which are currently being evaluated before proceeding to the next step. The plan is to start with the research work in a large purpose built captive aviary environment, at the facilities of Russell Kingston OAM in Australia , before using the key operational learnings in the wild in the high altitude tropical rainforest habitat in Uganda.

If you would like to support the pioneering finch conservation work that the RFCG is doing then please submit your donation by simply clicking onto the PayPal button on the previous blog ( 6 June 2011 ). The RFCG is registered as a non-profit organisation and is totally dependent on donors and sponsors for its current and future conservation work .

For more information on the Rare Finch Conservation Group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za

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