Iain MacLeod attends worldwide seminar on ospreys
Holderness, NH – The Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has just returned from a five day seminar in Israel. Iain MacLeod was an invited guest at the conference which was focused on Osprey migration and the use of satellite tracking technology as a tool for education. MacLeod joined other presenters from Scotland, England, Finland, Estonia, Spain, Italy, Basque (Spain), Germany, Holland, Palestine, Jordan and of course Israel.
|Iain MacLeod speaks during conference.|
The goal of the seminar was: To develop a coordinated international approach to integrate satellite tracking studies with education along Osprey migration flyways by:
- Initiating links between researchers using GPS satellite transmitters on Ospreys
- Identifying key education aims and objectives, relating specifically to bird/Osprey migration
- Using new digital technology (websites/Google Earth/Skype/social media/webcams etc.) to link schools and other education establishments along Osprey migration flyways in a new and exciting way
- Discuss how the work can be extended to other species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Future plans include the creation of an international website where schools from North America, South America, Europe and Africa can share experience and learn about Ospreys where they breed and where they spend the winter. Ospreys which breed in New Hampshire migrate to South America and the Caribbean; Ospreys in Europe migrate to Africa. The use of lightweight GPS enabled satellite transmitters has revealed amazing new insights into bird migration and facilitated specific conservation efforts.
|Conference attendees in Israel.|
Schools that want to get involved in the new international Osprey project should contact MacLeod at email@example.com.