A LWfG in front and a WfG in the rear. Copyright Jari Kostet

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Paleo-geographer Sergey Vartanyan with an newly instrumenetd Lesser White-fronted Goose Photo: Diana Solovyeva

Successful catching of Lessers in Chukotka 2018 In 2018 we captured adult Lesser White-fronted geese from molting flocks on Rauchua River, Western Chukotka, Russia. The study site and LWFG population are earlier described by Solovyeva & Vartanyan (2011). According to our counts in summer 2018 this population seems to be slightly increasing as compared to our count in 2010.

Between 16 July and 2 August 2018 we manage to capture 10 adults and about 30 juvenile geese. These were caught by hand, just running after them in bushes, and sometimes with help from our dog, a labrador-retriever. All juveniles were released without any marking, while all adults were equipped with Ornitela GPS/GSM trackers transmitting via GSM network. By late November nine out of 10 birds gave signals. This LWFG tracking project was a part of waterfowl tracking initiative led by Prof. Lei Cao from Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

7 December 2018 by Diana Solovyeva Institute of Biological Problems of the North FEB RAS07

The autumn migration route of the Lesser White-fronted Goose mr. Blue in 2018. Distances in km is given in red numebrs Photo: © BirdLife Norway

Autumn migration of Fennoscandian Lessers mapped with gps-collar “Mr. Blue” is a male Lesser White-fronted Goose that BirdLife Norway caught with a cannon-net at the Valdak marshes, Porsanger fjord, in Norway on 24th of May this spring. It was equipped with a gps-gsm neckband which was programmed to collect a gps-location every sixth hour throughout the day.

22 September 2018 by BirdLife Norway

The road to a spring hunting ban has been long. Amongst many topics this was discussed in a conservation workshop for LWfG that was arranged in Kostanay, Kazakhstan, by AEWA and ACBK in 2010. Photo: AEWA

The spring hunting ban in Kazakhstan: one year on In early 2017, the government of Kazakhstan introduced a ban on spring hunting. One year on, Danara Zharbolova (ACBK/BirdLife Kazakhstan) reflects on why this decision was – and remains – so important.

The Fennoscandian LWfG Conservation project is very happy with this very important conservation action implemented in Kazakhstan. Our colleagues in ACBK has through many years been working hard to gather good field data, and together with hunter’s associations, local and regional governments managed to pull this through with some small help from international bodies like AEWA, BirdLife Norway and so on.
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28 March 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project

Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds Photo: UzSPB

Bird of the Year 2018 in Uzbekistan The Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (UzSPB) have chosen the Lesser White-fronted Goose as Bird of the Year 2018 in Uzbekistan, and will be implementing a wide range of awareness-raising activities, particularly within the hunting community!
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9 March 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project

AEWA report No. 6 Photo: AEWA

Report on motivations for hunting geese, including the illegal killing/accidental shooting of Lesser A new report was released 19 January 2018 by the AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose Working Group. The report features the outcomes of a project carried out by Stirling University in cooperation with the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) during September-October 2017 in northern Kazakhstan. The aim was to assess the motivations for hunting geese - including the illegal killing/accidental shooting of Lesser White-fronted Geese - in the local communities adjacent to key staging sites.
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23 January 2018 by Fennoscandian LWfG conservation project