Russian scientists watching over Megrelian eagles have had to launch a crowded campaign after their birds enter Iran and foreign text messages from their tracking devices destroy the project budget.
Scientists were sounding the alarm when several endangered steppe eagles, which transmitted coordinates via Russian mobile phones, fell into the roaming zone after spending the summer without a cellphone.
"These beasts have not been in Kazakhstan all summer. Now that they have reached super-expensive Iran and Pakistan, they are sending hundreds of text messages to their destination, ”Igor Karyaakin of the Russian Raptors Research and Conservation Network wrote.
This week, scientists launched a campaign called "Take the Eagle Mobile" to continue community-based research after borrowing to pay for text messages that cost 49 rubles ($ 0.77) instead of the usual 2 to 15. Ruble.
"They really left us, and we had to borrow money to get the tracker equipment," Karaakin wrote on Friday. Bird lovers already have enough to contribute to the year.
"People are still sending money, so hopefully we won't continue to eagle SIM cards until they return from their far-flung trip to Russia in early summer, where mobile connection is not so expensive," he wrote.
Tap eagles breed in southern Russia and Kazakhstan and spend the winter in Africa and India.
They are experiencing a rapid decline due to the spread of agricultural land and are vulnerable to wind turbines, according to Bird Life International.
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