What Our Bustards Did This Summer

Each of our tagged female bustards spent the summer in her own way. Mendee spent her summer months extensively exploring mountainous areas and clearings adjacent to her main breeding valley. Sachokchin incubated a clutch of eggs, but appears to have lost her chicks shortly after hatching. And after losing a clutch of eggs, Nergui went to the mountains for a period as well. Low rates of reproduction due to loss of eggs and chicks to predators (crows, foxes and wolves) and crushing by livestock and agricultural machinery is a major cause for concern across the Great Bustard’s range.

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