Scientists, naturalists, and volunteers who were involved in the Aquatic Warbler translocation chose names for the translocated birds. 24 Lithuanian and 25 Belarusian names were given to those songbirds.
“Since the translocated birds are very important for the whole team, we didn’t want to refer to them as a combination of numbers and letters. We decided to give names to them – we chose names that are meaningful, sweet, symbolic or just funny for us and voted for them. The final voting took place last week in a meeting where we discussed translocation in detail.” – says Žymantas Morkvėnas, the manager of Aquatic Warbler Conservation project.
Project team hopes that giving them names will bring good luck for the birds and in May a lot of birds will come back to their new homeland in Zuvintas biosphere reserve.
These birds were transferred from the biggest Aquatic Warbler population in Belarus (Zvaniets) to Lithuania (Zuvintas biosphere reserve) after testing a conservation method that was never tested with this species before – translocation. If this method proves successful, it could help to restore extinct populations or those on the brink of extinction. Moreover, it can help to save the species.
Translocated Aquatic Warbler named as Fedia with a special green plastic ring.More about Aquatic Warbler translocation – in 3 video interviews.
Names given for aquatic warblers
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