Ecology & Research

Ecology and scientific research are paramount to the work of IFHC if we are to realise our vision of achieving maximum sustainable Houbara populations.

Backed by a world-leading team of field scientists and researchers, we have dedicated our resources to understanding the conditions of a healthy environment in which the Houbara bustard can thrive. Laboratory and field studies have provided insights which have led to ground-breaking scientific developments. While radio and satellite tracking have revealed many aspects of the species secret life, including; survival, breeding behaviour, habitat use, migration routes and favoured staging or wintering areas. In range countries, biologists undertake large-scale vegetation surveys, census of invertebrate and vertebrate animal life, habitat mapping and climate surveys at strategically located satellite stations. The effects of agricultural methods, in particular grazing, are measured to assess their impact on regeneration of appropriate plant life.

Studies of existing flora and fauna have resulted in a broader understanding of the nutritional requirements of the Houbara bustard. Even though the Houbara inhabits arid regions, and does not require water to sustain it, rainfall is an important factor in the breeding cycle. Most of the effective breeding takes place after rainfall, when vegetation flourishes. As well as providing more quality and variety in plant matter, the rain prompts a greater concentration of insects, providing the optimum nutritional balance for breeding birds.

 




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