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Scientists are tracking Amur Falcon migration route successfully

 Source: IT News
Imphal, November 22 2018: Scientist of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun has been successfully tracking the migration route of the Amur Falcon which have been visiting the Tamenglong district every year. The scientists have installed transmitter to the Amur Falcon and released them to track their route. Recently one Amur Falcon fitted with transmitter was reportedly killed by poacher in Tamenglong district. Following which the state Forest and Environment department have taken up serious action to stop hunting of wild bird.
There were also report of seizing air gun by Tamenlong district administration authority following the killing of the bird. Message from Dr.Suresh Kumar, Senior Scientist, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun said that both Tamenglong and Longleng are doing well and are currently making their incredible journey across the Arabian Sea. "The transmitters are working fine and am happy to tell you we have been getting fantastic data", he said in a message. Data collected by the scientist showed the migration routes of the two Amurs Tamenglong and Longleng on their way to Somalia. 'Tamenglong' started on 19 November early morning and has now covered 3500 km. Her last location came today 21 November at 19:08 hr. "Longleng" a female Amur Falcon tagged at a roost site in Yaongyimchen village in Longleng district of Nagaland and on 30.10.2016.Longleng has been actively transmitting data since then and arrived for the third time in Dimapur in middle of October this year.
After a stop-over for a month Longleng also started on its migration on 19 November and its last location was received yesterday 20 November at 23:00 hr and had covered 3000 km. They are expected to arrive in Somalia in the next two days. The two birds have been flying non-stop and are currently flying over the Arabian sea.