Saturday, November 10, 2012

Paradis (RAJ 2012) jackal survey in Croatia GOJAGE 2

During first days, Raj 2012 team worked mainly on southern part of the Peljesac Peninsula. After three days the entire surface were surveyed and calling stations were installed systematically.
The golden jackal seems to be human dependent and here, near a village with a bad managed waste dump inside Peljesac Peninsula,  we were able to record more than 18 individuals simultaneously with Giannatos technique of bio-acoustic stimulation. Also a common pheasant Phasianus colchicus, was seen in this environment during this "concert". This event let us suggest that predation on this game ground nesting bird species by jackals is not so aggressive as is suggested for its other competitor, red fox (Draycott et al, 2008).

Silence on the blue lagoon

Looking for key species

Seems that we found them

Photo and video trapping is essential as direct method

A spider treats ignorance and controls all data. Lejla Colic

Specific habitat (1)

Not jackal footprint

Specific trail
Golden jackal footprint


Beside localizing more than 20 reproductive groups of jackals, the members of jackal survey team were able to identify dormouse (Glis glis), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and red fox (Vulpes vulpes). 
The beautiful calcareous landscape and Mediterranean vegetation above the blue sky and with the blue waters of the Adriatic Sea surrounding us and the wonderful people ambiance and hospitality from Zuljana got us awake trough all night, and so, we could  feel better the jackal ecological systems painted with their musical howls.
Hunting is a common activity in Peljesac

Before fieldwork, sunset at Zuljana our wonderful base camp

Ivan Budinski(BIOM NGO) shows us how lichens do not grow where animals mark. Below the cement protection on curve to the continental part of the Peninsula at about 600 meters altitude a lot of droppings (mustelids, carnivores, raptor birds) can be easy seen and are a good encyclopaedic, visual compendium. Photo: Ovidiu Banea

The corner is giving us the most important data.
Glis glis Photo: O. Banea

Sus scrofa on the road

Preparing the fieldwork in Zuljana, on the left Ivana, Miha and Ivan: to the right Mateja, Jasna and Tomaz are understanding everything behind the message.

Possible footprint of Canis aureus in Peljesac

Following the jackal path

We are not jackals but we want understand their movements

Specific habitat (2)


Lynx Miha

During the day we went to Dubrovnik, the islands are still without anthropogenic touch. 

One of several stops. In fact, not time schedule is need for jackal surveys.


Sunset in Dubrovnik

Miha Krofel and Ivana Selanec

Raj 2012 team starts for day fieldwork

Stomach collected from a young female road-killed. 
Ivana's team did recognition of the specimen at the place in Northern Part of the Peninsula.

It had 75% vegetable (60% Graminae, scrub leaves and 15% grapes), 20% meat (fat meat probable dropped by inhabitants or hunters) and 5% unknown material (Analysis in presence of Miha Krofel and Jasna Mladenovic)

Dump near Trpanj

The dump where yesterday were reported 6 groups of jackals if we think in this, but probably here the families are disorganized and no territoriality is respected. Yesterday morning we heard more than 16 jackals here. 

Slovenian new GOJAGE: Jasna, Mateja and Tomaz.

Ivan Budinski helps to identification of vegetable in an excrement. This time seems that jackal dropp has more than 50% Oleaceae sp.

Mateja and Tomaz found the treasure.

More than ten droppings, all seem to belong to jackal species.

Not all is Oleaceae and grapes, this time jackal ate a plastic bag, Ivan suggested that could be a bag with some meat, we are in the same area of the dump near Trpanj.

Venice, 12.11.2012. The way back from Peljesac Peninsula we did through beautiful landscape of Croatia, from Dubrovnik to Zagreb following the auto-route, then Ljubljana. From Ljubljana to Venice, the road had a lot of works near Nova Goriza and weather was not so good. Today the news was that in Venice since 1872, this was the 6th highest (149cm) marea.

The flight was lost and another flight was available from Treviso. To here, Hermes (a driver of a private cab) was the elected to be ambassador of sciacallo dorato (just coincidence).

The weather is better today.

Thinking in Dubrovnik

During the fieldwork. Photo: Miha Krofel

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CHAGALJ (RAJ) 2012, golden jackal survey in Peljesac Peninsula

Today, Thursday 8th of November, colleagues from Rumania (Ovidiu Banea), Slovenia (Miha Krofel, Tomaž Berce, Mateja Deržič, Jasna Mladenovič) and Croatia (Association for biological research – BIOM) will meet at Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia to perform jackal survey.

For next four days we will be participating at GOJAGE 2 BROADER ACTIVITIES by collecting data using bio-acoustic stimulation. One of our activities will be communicating with local hunting societies, to hear their side of the story.
We will give report about our activities and results at daily basis.
Wish us good luck!

Ivana Selanec (BIOM, GOJAGE)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Research team of Kayseri joins GOJAGE

At the end of October 2012 Prof Dr Coşkun TEZ and his group of Erciyes University in Kayseri Turkey joined GOJAGE. Several discussions took place and a lot of data about Turkish legal status and concerns regarding the golden jackal species were provided. (see here)
2012© Coşkun TEZ & Osman İBİŞ Golden Jackal road-killed in Artvin, NE Turkey 

MINOR 2013, GOJAGE survey PROPOSAL in NE Turkey