During the trip to Sardinia that the members of Salinera Española, ANSE and UMU made last June, a surprising event took place: in a colony of about 50 pairs of gull-billed terns (Gelochelidon nilotica), ringers from the Molentargius Regional Park (Cagliari) along with two CSIC members (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), captured and tagged with emitter 7 specimens so as to study their movements during reproduction and migration. However, one of these specimens had been already banded.
The following day, the LIFE-Salinas team who was visiting Sardinia to know the LIFE MC-SALT Project developed in Las Salinas de Calgliari -and other experiences in the management and conservation of Salinas and wetlands-, had the opportunity to meet these banders. The surprise came when they informed that one of the waterfowl was already banded, and not only… the bird had been banded in 2009 by a member of the LIFE-SALINAS team in the Regional Park of Las Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar!!
In the following two days, our members, along with the ornithologists who had captured the gull-billed tern -who work in the ISPRA Project to which the Regional Park of Molentargius adheres to the company Anthus SNC of Sergio Nissardi and Carla Zucca-, could observe the only colony of Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii) of Sardinia and enter a colony of common tern (Sterna hirundo) to learn the methods of capture and marking with emitters of adults.
A magnificent and constructive experience not to forget…