Hello Eco-loggers The Environmental Conservation and Research Center (ECRC) of the American University of Armenia and the Birds of Armenia Project (BOA) would like to invite interested parties for a joint research project.
The ECRC /BOA has developed a long term research project on stork reproduction and nesting habits in Western Armenia. We are mapping every nest in Armenia with GIS and following the success (# eggs, hatchling and nestling success) of every nest as part of a long term White Stork project. Given the recent development of Bird flu in Dagobayzit, Turkey a mere 25 miles from the highest densities of the white stork population in Armenia, and the ability of the white stork to carry bird flu, we see an opportunity/necessity to expand our research. We would like to invite interested parties to work with us to include issues of movement of white storks and longer migrations, threats associated with white stork movement, threats to European populations as well etc... We would like to submit an application (Due Feb 3.) to Northstar Science and Technology transmitter grant program which supplies 8 free satellite transmitters. However, we do need funding to cover the cost of satellite rental. That is still to be discussed. We would also be interested in applying for a USAID funded Global Development Alliance grant which is looking to support education/environment and bird flu issues. Please contact me if you are interested or if you have questions. Please forward this e-mail to any other list-servs or parties you think may be interested in collaboration. Sincerely, Renee Richer Renee A. Richer, PhD Assistant Professor Director, Environmental Conservation and Research Center American University of Armenia 40 Baghramian Avenue #136 Yerevan, Armenia 375019 [EMAIL PROTECTED] (374-10)51-26-90