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'Manike' has migrated from Mannar to Europe

'Manike' has migrated from Mannar to Europe and returned to Mannar via Arctic Ocean.

Sri Lankan researchers have reached a key milestone of chicken migration research within the nation, as one of many GPS-tagged Heuglin’s Gulls (nick named ‘Manike’) returned to in Mannar, after finishing a full migration cycle; a 19,360 km round trip to European arctic & again.

The Heuglin’s Gulls had been GPS-tagged in Taleimannar, Mannar Island in April 2021, by a crew led by Prof. Sampath Seneviratne and Gayomini Panagoda.

As one of many Heuglin’s Gulls (‘Megha’) departed north immediately after the discharge, the opposite bird (‘Manike’) stayed again for 20 extra days & left Mannar on late-April.

This research is a collaborative research led by Professor Sampath Seneviratne (Principal Investigator), and Gayomini Panagoda holds a PhD under this project as a Principal Investigator.

The technical partnership is between the Sri Lankan Bird Science Group (FOGSL) (led by Professor Sarasko Tagama) of the Faculty of Animal Science, University of Colombo and the Center for Environmental and Environmental Sciences (led by Professor) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. .. Reikao and her team).

This work is mainly Palmyrah House (Pvt) Ltd. And is funded by Vayu Resort, Mannar. Wetland International is also a partner in this study.

The Wildlife Conservation Agency and the Sri Lanka Navy also provide assistance through permits and site clearance.