Saturday, July 24, 2004

Ringing Flamingos in the Po Delta (women team)

The Comacchio salina is a shallow, hypersaline lake inside the Comacchio lagoon, Po Delta, NE Italy. It is of great importance as a breeding area for many species of waterfowl, notably Flamingos, Spoonbills, Shelducks, Avocets, Black-winged Stilt, Slender-billed Gulls, Little Terns, Sandwich Terns and Lessere Crested Terns. The salina is protected as a Regional Park and Ramsar Site. Flamingos start to breed in NE Italy in 2000, when a small colony was found in the Comacchio salina, Po Delta. Since then, chicks have been color-ringed, with a total of 1120 so far (66 birds were ringed in 2000, 116 in 2001, 346 in 2002, 195 in 2003 and 397 this month.)


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