Russian Scientists that were tracking migrating eagles end up launching a crowdfunding campaign after they ran out of money to keep track of their trackers because some of the eagles flew past to Iran and Pakistan which drew heavy roaming charges.
Russian Scientists at the Novosibirsk Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center equipped SMS transmitters on 13 Steppe Eagles and flew them from southern Russia and Kazakhstan to understand the migration routes of the endangered birds and to identify threats to their path, but one of them named Min went too far away than they expected that piled up a huge amount by sending super expensive back log of messages which used the entire budget of the team for research.
The birds breed in Siberia and Kazakhstan, but fly to South Asia for the winter but everything went good for the researchers.
First, the telecom company MegaFon offered to refund the roaming charges and give the team a more favorable tariff to track the eagles. Second, they crowdfunded over 100,000 rubles ($1,600) from bird lovers which will help the researchers to keep the trackers running until the end of this year.
This research will help the researchers to understand the migration route of the eagles and take better future steps to keep them breeding and conserve them.