In the beginning of June in 2017 the first project for revival of saker falcons in Russia was launched. The Southern Siberia was selected as a new nestling place for these rare birds: three hatchlings were transported to Altai, seven to the Tyva Republic. Thanks to the joint efforts of scientists and the Siberian Health Charity Foundation – "The World Around You" – there is a hope to restore birds population.
what birds are we trying to conserve?
Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) – Endangered bird of prey. This species has undergone extremely rapid population declines within its European range. The majority of its range lies outside Europe where it was not thought to be declining at a sufficiently rapid rate to approach the threshold for Vulnerable. However recent information suggests that the population outside Europe may be exposed to greater threats than was previously thought and has also undergone very rapid recent declines across much of the range. It is therefore classified as Endangered.
saker falcon (falco cherrug) – rare species of falcon. Until recently, it was a common inhabitant of Siberia, but at present it has been preserved on small plots in the steppes. Significant role in decreased species population played poaching capture for the falconry, popular in the countries of the Arab Emirates. Natural factors also negatively affect this species, especially the periodic sharp drop in the number of rodents – their main food items. Also there are cases of falcons deaths in collisions with power lines.
but how their population can be restored?
In the summers of 2017, 2018, 2019, 10 young saker falcons bred in the Moscow nursery "Vitasfera" and the Altay nursery "Falcon" were taken to Novosibirsk at the age of 20 days, and from there, to their new homes in the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion (the scientists selected optimal nests favorable for nesting and put hatchlings there). The similar method was used to restore peregrine falcons in the USA.
From the spring of 2018, "World Around You" is helping to monitor steppe eagles. The 2018 and 2019 seasons saw field expeditions in Tuva, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Altai. In Khakassia, 3 hatchlings were tagged with a GPS/GSM tracker and 2 more were tagged in Tuva. Specialist chose hatchlings which grew old enough but haven't left their nest yet, right before they're too hard to catch. The device weighs only a few tens of grams: a large bird of prey has no difficulty flying and hunting. The device also allows ornithologists to obtain valuable information about the movement of birds, to monitor the hatchlings and to obtain important data for the effective protection of the species.
how did siberian health support this project?
The Company was among the first to help the concerned scientists. In the shortest possible time the Company raised funds required for the purchase of food, hatchlings transportation, search for nesting sites, and experts fee. Besides, we are preparing for the further development of this project: to buy additional equipment and arrange necessary investigations. And, of course, we will organize the extensive media reporting in order to inform.
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together, we can
save saker falcons
and steppe eagles!
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