- Raptor MONITORING
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- Weather & Migration
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More than 800.000 raptors of ca. 30 species migrating over Batumi every autumn. Ten species observed in numbers constituting >1% of their world population (see Results & Prospects). Several others in (one of) the highest concentration known to ornithologists anywhere in the world. The list of arguments to show the importance of the Batumi bottleneck in an international context is quite impressive. So for the casual observer, the need for implementing a long-term monitoring of migratory raptors at the eastern Black Sea seems clear. However, many factors affect the efficiency and precision with which a monitoring can be conducted and therefore the reliability of the obtained results for interpretation by conservationists.
For these reasons one of the first crucial steps in any migration monitoring program should be to assess the impact that weather has on the counted species in order to determine for which species the huge efforts that are required are actually worthwhile. Thus, for Batumi we need to determine:
These research avenues are now (2011-2012) being pursued in a cooperation of thesis students and researchers affiliated with BRC and MEDRAPTORS.
Read more about weather and migration:
>> Weather conditions, Migration timing & Routes for trans-Caucasian migration
>> Local Weather conditions and flight strategies: local routes and the altitude of flight
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