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The Mongolia Cuckoo Project

Tracking Cuckoos in Mongolia for BTO - British Trust for Ornithology because migratory birds deserve our support

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BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

The British Trust for Ornithology is the UK's leading bird research organisation. Our monitoring and research projects are carried out by an effective partnership of birdwatchers and professional ornithologists, the results of which inform the conservation of birds in the UK.

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Thanks for taking the time to visit the JustGiving page for the Mongolia Cuckoo Project.

We have lost around 60% of the wildlife on Earth in the last 50 years.  If we are to slow and stop this loss, more people must fall in love with nature.  The more people fall in love with nature, the more they will want to protect it.  Migratory birds are wonderful ambassadors for nature.  They have incredible stories to tell and, thanks to new technology, we now have an opportunity to discover some of their secrets.  

Five cuckoos (four Common Cuckoos and one Oriental Cuckoo) have been fitted with transmitting devices in Mongolia.  They have been named by local schools and will be followed in near real time via a special web page - https://birdingbeijing.com/the-mongolia-cuckoo-project/ - and social media.  The journeys of these birds will surprise, enthral and inspire, helping to connect a new generation of people with nature.  We believe the Oriental Cuckoo is the first one of its kind to be fitted with a transmitter, offering a unique opportunity for us to find out more about the migration of this poorly known species.  Will it spend the winter on the islands of SE Asia, to Africa to join the Common Cuckoos or will it go as far as Australia?  Stay tuned to find out!

Although project costs, including tracking devices and logistical support from the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center in Mongolia, have been covered with the help of our generous donors, the costs of "satellite time" to enable us to monitor their movements have not yet been met.  For each tag, the cost is around GBP 600 per year.  That's GBP 3,000 per year for the five cuckoos.  

We're hoping these birds will survive complete migration cycles for at least two years, hence our target of GBP 6,000.  Please help us to reach this target.  You can be sure that 100% of your donation will go towards this cause, with nothing taken for administration or any other purpose.  

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Thank you from Chris, Terry, Dick, Lyndon, Nyambayar, Batmunkh and Tuvshi (the Mongolia Cuckoo Team).

Cover photo: "Nomad" the Oriental Cuckoo after being fitted with his tag, Khurkh, Mongolia, 6 June 2019.

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  • Cuckoo 1: Nomad (Oriental Cuckoo)
  • Cuckoo 2: (Captain) Khurkh +7

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