Research into the cooperation between crows and wolves in Filoy

Research into the cooperation between crows and wolves in Filoy

Six baby crows born in Veloy this spring were fitted with a GPS transmitter. Using this, the researchers want to see if birds are taking advantage of wolves in the area.

The arrival of predators may have a positive effect on crow numbers. “We see that crows quickly fall prey to the wolf,” says researcher Bart Beckers of ARK Nature Development. Gelderland broadcast. The wolves, in turn, benefit from the screeching crows that spot potential prey.

According to Beckers, the question is whether birds and wolves consciously enter into this relationship and whether they actively search for each other when foraging. “It is exciting to learn more about that.”

Farther and farther from the nest

Crows got into the canal on King’s Day. They flew last month. According to the researchers, they will fly away from their old nest for the first time in the coming weeks, producing more new data.

In Holland for decades, there were neither wolves nor crows, the largest of the birds in the crow family. After being reintroduced in the mid-1970s, there are now about 180 pairs of crows again. The bird is still an endangered species and is found mainly in Veluwe, Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Oostvaardersplassen.

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