Green Balkans team finds five colonies of Lesser Kestrels in European Turkey

7. May 2010

A team from Green Balkans has found five colonies of Lesser Kestrels in European Turkey. The five colonies contain at least 68 pairs.
Also, the team found a new pair of the Eastern Imperial Eagle and confirmed the breeding of three other pairs.

Green Balkans works on a reintroduction project for the Lesser Kestrel in Bulgaria as part of the project “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”. See this interview with Simeon Marin from Green Balkans for more information.

More information:
Five colonies of Lesser Kestrels found in European Turkey

New newsletter about migratory birds from Euronatur available

3. May 2010

Euronatur has published the latest edition of their newsletter about migratory birds. The newsletter also covers species that are not migratory.
This new edition is currently only available in German. It covers many raptor species including Bearded Vulture, Cinereous Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle and Saker Falcon.

Click here to go to the latest edition of this newsletter:
http://www.euronatur.org/Ausgabe-16-April-2010.1007.0.html

New Interview with Simeon Marin from Green Balkans about the conservation of Eastern Imperial Eagles, Lesser Kestrels and Cinereous Vultures in Bulgaria.

22. April 2010
Eastern Imperial Eagle family breakfast

Eastern Imperial Eagle family breakfast.
© Picture: Dobromir Dobrinov/Green Balkans

A new interview is available:

Interview with Simeon Marin from Green Balkans about the conservation of Eastern Imperial Eagles, Lesser Kestrels and Cinereous Vultures in Bulgaria.

The interview covers the work of Green Balkans for a project called “Conservation measures for target species of the EU Birds Directive – Lesser Kestrel, Black Vulture, and Imperial Eagle in their main habitats in Bulgaria”

All three species are threatened across Europe and in Bulgaria, currently only the Eastern Imperial Eagle is a regular, but rare, breeding species.
Green Balkans works to increase the number of the Eastern Imperial Eagle and hopes that both the Lesser Kestrel and the Cinereous Vulture will come back as a regular breeding species to Bulgaria.

Reed the interview to learn more about this important project and what Green Balkans is doing to protect those three amazing raptor species.

South-East European Saker Falcon Network with new website

6. April 2010

The South-East European Saker Falcon Network has a new website:

http://cherrug.org

From the website:
Southeast European Saker falcon Network
is a group of organizations located in the Saker Falcon western breeding range. The network includes scientific and nature-conservation, non-governmental and academic institutions working on the field of raptor research and conservation.

New interview with Dimitar Ragyov about the reintroduction of Saker Falcons into Bulgaria

9. February 2010
Saker nesting cliff in Ponor Mountains (West Bulgaria)

Former Saker nesting cliff in Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park (West Bulgaria).
© Dimitar Ragyov

I am happy to announce another interview, this time about the situation of the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria and a possible reintroduction effort to bring back the species to it’s former range.

Interview with Dimitar Ragyov about the reintroduction of Saker Falcons into Bulgaria

Dimitar Ragyov and others recently published Saker Falcon Reintroduction in Bulgaria Feasibility Study which explains in detail the current and past situation of the species in Bulgaria and what needs to be done to reintroduce the species and make sure it will be a success.

Make sure to read this new and very interesting interview about Europe’s second largest falcon!

Southeast European Saker falcon Network: Call for SESN project proposals – 2010

3. February 2010

The following news have been submitted by Dimitar Ragyov.

Proposals for conservation and research on Saker Falcon Falco cherrug will be considered, but preference will be given to studies that generate data to increase our understanding of the ecology and conservation of the species.

Eligible countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Proposals should be in a region of £2000, but we will consider applications up to a maximum of £5000.

Applications will be accepted until 19th February 2010.

More details regarding this opportunity can be found at SESN Funding Application Form

If you need further information please don’t hesitate to contact me at dimitar.ragyov@gmail.com

Southeast European Saker falcon Network is a group of organizations located in westernmost Saker falcon breeding range. The network include scientific and conservation, nongovernmental and academic institutions, working on raptors research and conservation.

It was spontaneously created in 2006 after an International Saker Falcon Workshop held in Sofia (Bulgaria), organized by Central Laboratory of General Ecology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and financially supported by International Wildlife Consultants (UK) Ltd on behalf of Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi.

SESN objectives:

  • To bring together researchers and wildlife protectionists working on the field of Saker falcon research and conservation in SE Europe in order to coordinate the work on the species, thus increasing the efficiency of the efforts toward improving its population and conservation status.
  • To implement surveys for better understanding of Saker falcon ecology and population status.
  • To identify casual factors for species decline.
  • To implement adequate conservation measures to stop the negative trends of the populations and assure measures for maintaining favorable status of the species.

SESN_Funding_Application_Form.doc

New interview with Gunther Willinger about the work done by EuroNatur to protect the Saker Falcon and the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Bulgaria

24. January 2010
Sakar Mountains

Sakar Mountains, © Gunther Willinger/EuroNatur

I am happy to announce another interview, this time with Gunterh Willinger from Euronatur about the organisations work done in Bulgaria to protect endangered raptor species like the Saker Falcon and the Eastern Imperial Eagle in Bulgaria in very biodiverse area called Sakar Mountains and Dervent Hights. The interview can be found here:
http://europeanraptors.org/interviews/interview_gunther_willinger_euronatur_raptors_bulgaria.html

Euronatur is working there with other organisations like Green Balkans.
That area is home to many endangered bird species like Long-legged buzzards, Black Storks or Masked Shrikes.

Read the interview to find out more. Also make sure to visit the website of Euronatur (available in both English and German):

Euronatur (German)
Euronatur (English)

Saker Conference in Hungary, September 2010

13. January 2010

A Saker Falcon conference will be held from 15th to 19th of September 2010 in Hungary. In September 2010, a big Saker Falcon conservation program, supported by the European Union will come to an end. A lot has been achieved during this project from 2006 to 2010 and the results will be presented at the conference.

In the conference, the following topics are planned to be covered:

  • Reviewing recent population figures and trends in Europe
  • Reviewing endangering factors
  • Thematic presentations on practical conservation activities and experiences related to Saker conservation based on findings of the LIFE project (e.g. habitat analysis to identify key factors for the species; analyses of temporary settlement areas and wintering sites to map mortality factors; conservation of prey species like Suslik; electrocution: surveys, insulation, monitoring; disappearing nesting sites; other human threats: shooting, nest robbing, trapping, poisoning (surveys, egg analysis, etc.)
  • Importance and possibilities of communication and PR related to Saker conservation (co-operation with media; farmers; hunters and falconers)
  • The conference is open for anyone interested.

    More information incl. registration form:
    http://www.sakerlife.mme.hu/uploads/File/Call_for_Conference_Saker_Conf_in_Hungary_15_19_09_2010.doc

Feasibility study about Saker Falcon reintroduction in Bulgaria published

2. January 2010
Saker  Falcon

Saker Falcon, Mongolia, © Jochen Fünfstück

A new feasibility study about Saker Falcon reintroduction in Bulgaria has recently been published as announced by Dimitar Ragyov on the mailing list of the European Falco cherrug Conservation Taskforce.

The purposes of the study are:

  • to make an assessment of whether or not reintroduction is a suitable and feasible conservation management option for restoring the Saker Falcon as a breeding bird in Bulgaria
  • to outline the strategies of a potential reintroduction, following the best practices in similar conservation projects and the IUCN criteria for reintroductions
  • to serve as a tool in preparation and implementation of any Saker reintroduction projects and other conservation activities

The authors of the study will appreciate every comment on the document and the idea for reintroduction.

The study can be downloaded here:
Saker Falcon Reintroduction in Bulgaria Feasibility Study

New interview with Péter Palatitz about the conservation of the Red-footed Falcon in Hungary and other countries

23. November 2009
Saker Falcon Conservation Hungary

© Péter Palatitz

In this new interview Péter Palatitz talks about the conservation of the endangered Red-footed Falcon in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
This magnificent falcon is endangered in many countries but thanks to conservation work done in Hungary and other countries, the population has reached more than 900 pairs in Hungary.
Péter explains why the species is endangered, what is done for it’s conservation, why Rooks are important for Red-footed Falcons and much more.
The availability of very light satellite transmitters now allows the tracking of Red-footed Falcons during the migration to Africa.

To learn more, see the interview with Péter here:

Interview with Péter Palatitz about the conservation of the Red-footed Falcon in Hungary and other countries