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Mini-sats track animal migrations

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:49 am
by brian livesey
Several days ago, Russian cosmonauts in the International Space Station, 250 miles above Illinois, released four mini-satellites to track tagged birds and other animals to follow their migration patterns and other behaviour.
The cosmonauts then installed the antenna for the German-led project known as Icarus ( International Co-operation for Animal Research Using Space ). Icarus will begin by tracking blackbirds and turtle doves that have been fitted with small GPS tags. Then, other songbirds, fruit bats and larger animals will be monitored. The latter includes: gazelle, jaguars, camels and elephants, and larger birds such as storks.
Martin Wikelski of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, said the research would increase our understanding of animal behaviour, including how they grow up and cope to survive. "We also learn where, when and why they die," he said, "so we can protect our wild pets."