Marta: At the moment (august 2014) I am a PhD candidate at Deakin University, Centre for Integrative Ecology, Australia.
Where I worked earlier:
Nederlandse Vereniging Van Ganzenvangers: What research are (were) you doing at the time our association worked for you?
Marta: In November 2010, a goose ringing project in Western Hungary was organized as part of an international cooperation between the University of West Hungary, Wetlands International, the IUCN and Wetlands International, Goose Specialist Group, the Ferto-Hansag National Park and Birdlife Hungary. Goose catching was focused on Greater White-fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) and Tundra Bean Geese (Anser fabalis rossicus), which are regularly wintering around Lake Ferto. The main goal was to collect new data about the poorly known migration pattern of geese, wintering in the Pannonic region and to find out possible connections and exchange to wintering populations in Western and South-eastern Europe.
Nederlandse Vereniging Van Ganzenvangers: Why is/was the traditional trapping method with “lokganzen” and clapnets so important for your research?
Marta: Wild goose catching is exceptionally tricky. It was always a great challenge to capture geese in Hungary but with this method we finally had success.
Nederlandse Vereniging Van Ganzenvangers: Why is it so important (for your research) that this trapping method will be continued in the future?
Marta: There are plans to continue goose catching and marking projects in Hungary and using the clap net method with ‘lokganzen’ means a trustworthy method for us.