BRC at IBOC2019

 

We just returned home from the 3rd International Bird Observatory Conference (IBOC) in Eilat. It was a very successfull get together of people from bird observatories across the globe to share knowledge and experiences. As BRC we are very thankful to the organizers of the IBOC2019 for helping us with part of the funding needed to come to Eilat and for giving us considerable speaking time to present our work in Batumi. Besides topics as project management, count philosophy and data management and our recently submitted paper to IBIS about the relevance of ageing, we are very proud that one of our first Georgian counters, Aslan Bolkvadze, presented the problems of illegal hunting in the bottleneck.

Update May 9th, 2019: Videos and slides of the talks have now been made available. Scroll down to see them. Unfortunately there is no video of the talk by Dries Engelen.

 
 

During IBOC2019 the Caucasus region was represented by people from Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Estonia and The Netherlands: a unique moment and an excellent opportunity to discuss cooperation possibilities. Photo by Art Villem Adojaan.

Aslan Bolkvadze presenting the problem of illegal hunting in the bottleneck. Photo by Art Villem Adojaan.

 

Triin Kaasiku presenting our project, count philosophy and open access availability of our dataset. Photo by Art Villem Adojaan.

Dries Engelen  presenting the team that was at the basis of 8 years of standardised counts. Photo by Art Villem Adojaan.

Dries Engelen presenting the team that was at the basis of 8 years of standardised counts. Photo by Art Villem Adojaan.

 

Videos & Slides

 

Batumi Raptor Count: our strategy for the monitoring and conservation of more than one million raptors in the eastern Black Sea flyway

Triin Kaasiku

 

Illegal killing of birds in the Batumi bottleneck

Aslan Bolkvadze

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Accounting for differential migration strategies between age groups to monitor raptor population dynamics in the eastern Black Sea flyway

Dries Engelen

 
 

Other talks from the region

Besides presentations about BRC, we would also like to highlight the presentations from our friends from projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

The branch of German nature protection union in the Republic of Armenia: NABU-Armenia

Lusine Aghajanyan

 

Research on waders in Southern Azerbaijan, one of the last under-surveyed areas of the Western Palearctic

Christoph Himmel

The development of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count in Azerbaijan and its importance for the monitoring of Eurasian migrant birds

Michael Heiss

 

Establishing raptor migration monitoring at Sarimazi (Turkey) to assess Egyptian Vulture population trends

Steffen Oppel