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Ivory gull with satellite transmitter Photo: Hallvard Strøm
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Tracking of satellite tagged ivory gulls (see the tracking here)

Follow the movements of the ivory gull!

The ivory gull Pagophila eburnea is a characteristic High Arctic species and has on average the northernmost breeding grounds of all birds. Due to its dependence on sea ice and it being a top predator in the Arctic food web, the ivory gull is at risk from climate changes and environmental pollution.

To gain novel information on the migration and habitat use of these birds, 18 ivory gulls (10 from Svenskøya, Svalbard and 8 from Hayes Island, Franz Josef Land) were fitted with satellite transmitters in July and August 2007. The transmitters will keep track of the gulls for a year, and we will be able to follow their movements from the breeding grounds, through the polar night and the return to their breeding areas from wintering quarters.

You can follow the movements of the ivory gulls tagged on Svalbard and Franz Josef Land here.

The project is part of the work plan of the Joint Norwegian-Russian Commission on Environmental Protection.
The satellite tracking project has been funded by the Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro. The population survey, contaminant analyses and monitoring activity have been financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment, the Governor of Svalbard, the Norwegian State Pollution Control Authority, the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg.
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