American Eagle Foundation announces international eagle grants

23. July 2018

The American Eagle Foundation is proud to announce that starting July1, 2018, we will be accepting proposals for our first ever, International Eagle Grants. The American Eagle
Foundation’s International Eagle Grants program will be targeted at funding research and conservation for eagle species in developing, underserved areas. The grants will help to promote research and conservation focused on eagles, and award decisions will be made based on a combination of quality of the proposal and the proposed project, the conservation status of the species, the urgency of the need for the project, and the qualifications of the applicants. Up to $10,000 in grants will be available with grant requests of $500 to $5,000 considered.

The AEF International Eagle Grants Program will be discharged in a manner similar to our Bald Eagle Grants program. For more information on this program, see our website at . To date, the American Eagle Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in grants to help to further our understanding and conservation of the Bald Eagle. Grants were first awarded in 2012, with about $100,000 awarded yearly (no awards were granted for 2013).

The American Eagle Foundation uses a Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team to numerically rank all grant applications. This team consists of some of the Nation's outstanding eagle experts and will be the same team used to rank proposals for the AEF International Eagle Grants Program.

The American Eagle Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the United States’ living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey. The American Eagle Foundation is celebrating its 32nd year of carrying out its mission through Preservation, Repopulation, Education, and Rehabilitation. It is headquartered in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at Dollywood Family Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The American Eagle Foundation International Eagle Program will accept applications July 1 – September 1, 2018 for grants, beginning the next calendar year. Names of successful applicants and their projects will be shared at the Raptor Research Foundation Annual Conference for 2018, to be held in Skukuza, South Africa.

If you are interested in applying for an AEF International Eagle Grant, contact grant coordinator Jody Millar to access required forms.

New book about the raptors of Italy

21. February 2018


A new book, written in Italian, has recently been published about the raptors of Italy.

It is called Rapaci d’Italia and is written by Federico Cauli e Fulvio Genero.

It covers all raptor species of Italiy, their biology and status.

More information in Italian can be found here on the publishers website:

Rapaci d’Italia

The contact information (email) for ordering the book can be found here: Contatti

Make sure to also read an interview I published a few years ago with Fulivo Genero, one of the authors.

Interview with Fulvio Genero about vultures in Italy


New Spanish monograph about Booted Eagles published

5. November 2017

Tundra Ediciones has recently announced a new monograph about the Booted Eagle, written by Spanish researcher Ignacio Santiago García Dios. See the author’s blog about the Booted Eagle .

The book has 558 pages and will be available on November 20th.
It covers taxonomy, distribution, breeding behaviour, diet, conservation and more.
It is the only up-to-date monograph on the species and with more than 550 pages it covers everything in great detail.

More information about the book and how to order it can be found here:
El Águila Calzada

A must for everyone interested in the species.

New LIFE project for the Eastern Imperial Eagle

28. September 2017

Birdlife International announced a new LIFE project for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Hungary, Austria, Serbia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The project aims to reduce persecution, improve habitat and guard nests.

It is hoped to increase the current population of 220 pairs in those countries to 250 pairs by 2021.

A very important project for these amazing eagles. The measures, particularly reducing persecution, will also benefit other species like the White-tailed Eagle.

More information from Birdlife International:
Raising the Eagle Standard

Successful breeding of Pallid Harriers in the Netherlands

20. July 2017

The Pallid Harrier is a rare species in Europa and regularly only breeds in Ukraine and Russia.

In 2017 a pair has successfully nested in the Netherlands and raised 4 young (all females).

This is the first successful breeding of a Pallid Harrier in Western Europe.

It will be interesting to see if the birds return next year and if other birds join them or if this was an single and local event.

More information incl. a video can be found on Mark Avery’s blog:
Pallid Harriers nest successfully in The Netherlands

New book: A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle

4. July 2017

In this new book about the Golden Eagle, the author describes his experience of decades of watching Golden Eagles in the UK. In great detail he explains what he has seen and why he thinks that existing knowledge of Golden Eagles often does not show the complete picture.

The book covers the behaviour and the activities of Golden Eagles throughout the year and explains what people studying Golden Eagles should keep in mind when seeing (or not seeing) the birds and how to interpret their observations.

The book explains how hard it often is to interpret the behaviour of the eagles when seen in the field and questions existing knowledge about the species.

Often the “Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle” is about the personal experience and opinion of the author. There is of course nothing wrong with that but I would have preferred more scientific references and a more scientific writing style.

Overall this is an interesting addition to your library if you study Golden Eagles, particularly in the UK. But make sure to read other, more scientific books and publications as well, in order to get a more complete picture of Golden Eagle ecology.

Publisher’s Website about the book:
A Fieldworker’s Guide to the Golden Eagle ,

Another review about the book can be found on the BTO’s website.

Make sure to read Jeff Watson’s book on Golden Eagles:
The 2nd edition of Jeff Watson’s book (2010) is (by far) the most comprehensive book on Golden Eagles published so far and the one book that you must have to understand the Golden Eagle. It has many scientific references and, although also with a focus on the UK, it also describes Golden Eagle studies across its range and also compares the Golden Eagle with other Aquilla eagles like the Eastern Imperial Eagle or the Wedge-tailed Eagle.

A review of Jeff Watson’s book by Ian Carter can be found here:
The Golden Eagle (2nd edn), by Jeff Watson

New German book about the Lesser Spotted Eagle

9. April 2017

The Deutsche Wildtierstiftung has recently published a new book about land management for the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The species a one of the rarest raptors in German and only occurs in the north-east with around 100 pairs.
Land management plays a crucial rote for its conservation. The Lesser Spotted Eagle cannot live in intensively managed agricultural areas and without forests.

The book can be ordered here. Price is 10.90 Euros.

Buchveröffentlichung „Schreiadler-gerechte Landnutzung“

2016 was a record year for the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Austria

24. February 2017

The Eastern Imperial Eagle was completely extinct in Austria until the species came back in 1999.
Since then the population has increased despite problems like electrocution or illegal persecution.

2016 was the best year so far and 18 pairs successfully raised 31 young, 11 more than in 2015.
This is a big step forward for the conservation of this fascinating eagle.

More information in German:
Rekordjahr für Österreichs Kaiseradler

Also see this interview:
Interview with Matthias Schmidt (Birdlife Austria) about CORO-SKAT (Conservation Of Raptors and Owls)

11 Griffon Vultures fledged in Bulgaria in 2016

10. September 2016

The reintroduction project for the Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria has had a successful year 2016.
11 young vultures fledged in this year’s breeding season.

In south-west Bulgaria there haven’t been any young Griffon vultures for more than 50 years until one checked fledged in 2015.
The 11 chicks for this year are a significant increase and a huge success for the whole project.

The re-establishment of Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria is very important for the future of Griffon Vultures in Europe which are (except for Spain) very rare or absent from formerly occupied territories.

For more information see the announcement by the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna:
The Griffon Vulture is again part of the Balkan Mountain and Pirin in Bulgaria after 60years of absence

New interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard

1. January 2016

I am happy to announce a new interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard. Peter talks about the ecology and conservation of this fascinating raptor, his research over many decades and his new book “The Life of Buzzards” (which I highly recommend to everyone interesting in this fascinating raptor).

The interview can be found here:
Interview with Peter Dare about the ecology and conservation of the Common Buzzard”>

More information about Peter’s book can be found here at the publisher’s website:
The Life of Buzzards