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|Volunteers and visitors welcome in spring At the moment some projects are going on in Batumi: a waterbird survey in the Chorokhi delta, a limited spring raptor count and biodiversity surveys further inland. Dries, Brecht DM and Brecht V are on the spot, and you are welcome to join them till late June.||
Rufford Foundation grant approved
Dear BRC enthusiasts,
Call for researchers in Gibraltar
Threatened species photos needed
Visual materials are an important asset for BRC to help convince grant-makers and sponsors to support our conservation work. We are currently looking into opportunities to improve the conservation of threatened species migrating through Georgia.
|Raptor counter application open Application for raptor counters starts now!||
Batumi Bird Festival report
As we dind't want our BRC jubilee to pass unnoticed, we celebrate our fifth year with the first Batumi Bird Festival
Talk at Hacettepe University, Ankara
On March 8, Brecht Verhelst will be giving a talk on the work of BRC at Hacettepe University, Ankara. All welcome at 16:00 in the Biology Department!
|BRC at Belgische Vogeldag Next saturday, on february the 16th, BRC will be present with a talk and a stall on the 'Belgische Vogeldag'. Johannes will present an overview of 5 years of BRC and at our stall you can find out more about our project. When to go, how to visit our homestays or join as a volunteer next season.|
"One million"-Tshirts now available
NOW available: brand new "One Million"-edition of the BRC 2012 t-shirts.
||BRC at Dutch Birding Day See you this saturday at Dutch Birding Day? BRC will be present with a talk and a stall. Wouter will present an overview of 5 years of BRC and at our stall you can find out more about our project.|
|Reporting on 2012 Education Activities In 2012 BRC implemented various education activities around environme||
Invitation General Meeting
we kindly invite all members to attend the BRC General Meeting 2012 which will take place in Ghent Belgium between between the 7th and 9th of December!
|Thanks for latest gifts With a gift from Natuurpunt Vogelwerkgroep and many individual donations, including a major gift from Laurens Vogelaers, we have secured our budget until the end of 2012.||
Thanks to all volunteers & staff
Over the past two weeks you elected a new Board, which will soon start preparations for a splendid 2013 edition of BRC.
Board 2013 elections
To all BRC members,
it is high time to vote for next years BRC Board!
The candidates for 2013 are:
- for President: Johannes Jansen
- for Secretary: Brecht Verhelst
- for Treasurer: Jasper Wehrmann
- for Board Member: Wouter Vansteelant
|ONE Million raptors! After 5 years monitoring of raptors at the Batumi bottleneck, we have surpassed all expectations in autumn 2012. We tallied ONE Million migrating birds of prey passing our two count stations along the eastern Black Sea route.|
Ringing in the botanical garden of Batumi
Here is a short report on the ringing action of the English group that visited the BRC in 2012.
Support from Natuurmonumenten
To cope with our rapid growth and increase in activities, we are constantly looking for additional funding opportunities.
BRC on Vroege Vogels
During the festival, the Dutch journalist Roel Pauw visited our project.
The first 'Shikra' of BRC: hybrid or aberrant Levant?
After we posted about the first Shikra record of BRC on September 16th, we received several comments about the identification of this challenging accipiter.
|RuffordSG conference Armenia From 27th until the 30th of september, the Rufford small grants recipients conference was held in Tsaghkhadzor, Armenia. This conference brought together all beneficiaries of a Rufford grant from the Caucasus and wider region of the last years.||
A day in the Chorokhi delta
|Shikra: new species for BRC? Just after his arrival in Batumi, Brecht Verhelst discovered the first putative Shikra (Accipiter badius) ever for the BRC. At 10:36 on station 1 in Sakhalvasho one 2nd cy female accipiter flew overhead and gave a splendid view for several BRC counters.||Dark morph Marsh Harriers Since the start of the count we have seen a lot of Marsh Harriers. At least 16 of them were adult males of the rare dark morph. In former years only a handful of dark birds passed the stations. Little is known about this morph, e.g.|
Record breaking season of BRC
Few days ago on August 30th we were happy to report to you our all time record of 99,000 Honey Buzzards passing our observatories. With that BRC record set, the whole team was sure to have experienced the biggest peak of the season; and given the favorable flight conditions and steady migration over the last week, the last thing we were expecting was to set the mark even higher. But so we did … and how! With a day total of 179,342 Honey Buzzards ....
||Record breaking migration at Batumi Our observations of two days ago on August 30th surpassed the expectations of even the most experienced counters currently working in Batumi. After one day of continuous hard rain on the 29th, where hardly a migrating bird could be spotted, a record-breaking number of 99,038 Honey Buzzards out of 102,293 raptors appeared out of nowhere above our observatories; an astounding number by any measure.|
|BRC at the ECCB||First nine days of raptor migration After just nine days since the count started on 17 August, we already bear witness to an astonishing migration from our count stations just outside the In total 130,446 individuals of 18 migratory raptor species has been systematically recorded from our count stations in Sakhalvasho and Shuamta.|
|Birding in Chorokhi Delta The Chorokhi delta close to Batumi was visited two times in August by the Swedish team.||Birding tours with BRC guides Apart from the famous raptor migration in autumn, the region around Batumi holds plenty of excellent birding locations nearby. Discover the bird life and the unique beauty of Ajara with Batumi Raptor Count!|