Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Project ORPHEUS - CABS "Online-Bird Protection Camp" 2020

Tracking down illegal bird trapping sites using satellite images

Typical clap-net trapping site (here on Malta)
Typical clap-net trapping site (here on Malta)

The corona crisis has us all in its grip. Instead of travelling to our regular areas of operation, CABS members and activists - as well as friends, donors and supporters must all stay at home. However, we want to make the most out of this bad situation and continue to deliver pro-active work against poaching and for bird protection. As such, together with your help we want use citizen science to research and collate data on bird-trapping sites by analysing Google Earth satellite images. 

Poachers typically hide their traps well though fear of prosecution and are therefore very difficult to track. The situation is different with the widespread clap-net trapping sites, which are relatively easy to spot from the air and on satellite images. While we already know all trapping sites in Malta, in eastern Spain and southern Italy we have incomplete intelligence data regarding the distribution of this form of bird trapping. 

During our bird protection camps in Spain, which take place mainly during the migration season in autumn, we will direct volunteer teams to inspect the trapping sites you find. If they are active, we will work with the police and hunting authorities to ensure that they are shut down and the perpetrators are brought to justice.