Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

Day record: 264.891 raptors

Flock of Steppe Buzzards (c) Kalle MellerOn 2nd October 2014 our counting team witnessed the largest passage of raptors ever seen outside of the Panamerican Flyway and counted 264.891 raptors in a single day!

The early morning started with outstanding Marsh Harrier migration. Later on, some flocks of Black Kites migrated one by one in a lazy flight. But suddenly ...

How you can help

Schoolkids listening to raptor ecologyHelp us to conserve and protect this wonderful bottleneck with the community based approach, to resolve human-conservation conflicts in ways that help people as well as birds, to continue our long-term monitoring and research efforts, to improve and expand our education and training activities with school children and students.

Visit us as a raptor counter

In autumn 2015 the 8th edition of the Batumi Raptor Count will take place. The survey will be held from

17 Aug until 16 Oct.

The application process is open!
 

 

 

Community based raptor conservation

Raptor Conservation DiagramA major aim of BRC is to raise awareness about the consequences of the widespread raptor shooting and to reduce the illegal killing in the Batumi bottleneck. We try to achieve this by informing and involving local communities, rather than confronting hunters. The graph below presents an overview of our projects. We would like to thank all our donors and BirdLife International for the invaluable support.

1.000.000+ bottleneck for raptors

Flock of Steppe BuzzardsOur fantastic count team has done it again and again, our season totals are over 1 Million for 2012, 2013 and 2014. is way over the 1.000.000 mark again. The count volunteers and especially the coordinators have mastered this incredible flight of raptors, and even succeeded to keep a high quality count, identifying a high proportion of the eagles and harriers.

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