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BRC Magazine 2017

The final preparations for the upcoming Autumn Count are in full swing. Do you want to read up on what could be ahead of us this season? Then read our annual BRC Magazine of 2017, with a summary of last year's season and the most complete overview of our activities in the Batumi bottleneck. It is chock full of photos and stories to remind you of the spectacular migration that will start again in a few weeks.

The contributions of our BRC Members are critical in making our monitoring and conservation work possible, as we are a 100% volunteer-based organization. Do you want to support our work with a Membership? Then you will get early access to the annual BRC Magazine. For more information about the membership, click the button below.


Volunteer as raptor counter

Due to recent cancellations we again have some free counter positions available. Are you inspired after reading the magazine? Don't hesitate to apply for a volunteer position.


Magazine 2017

A word from the new chairman

After another very successful season in 2015, the volunteers of BRC only had a couple of weeks to recuperate, and while 2016 is still young, the preparations for the count of autumn 2016 are already in full swing.  Hereby I would like to thank Jasper Wehrmann for all his hard work and never ending enthusiasm during his past years as president. I feel humble to be allowed to take over his role in leading BRC in 2016, and I only hope that BRC will flourish as much as under his leadership.

To start with the "boring" stuff, we implemented a new structure of working groups in BRC. Each working group is responsible for a specific area. There is a working group for monitoring, conservation, PR, fundraising and research&education. While these working groups are in charge of the practical implementation, the board will keep a general overview and is responsible for the long term strategy of BRC. Together with SABUKO and Batumi Birding, this structure will enable us to efficiently work on the monitoring and protection of birds in the Batumi region.

As you know, all functions within BRC are held by volunteers, and we're always looking for new enthusiastic people who are willing to join us in our quest for safe migratory flyways of raptors (and other birds). If you are interested, let us know or directly contact the working group of your interest! 
Another important milestone is the foundation of a legal entity to ensure the financial integrity behind BRC.

More details on our recently revised website

With the foundation, it is finally possible to become a member of Batumi Raptor Count! 
Supporting members are very important in order to secure funding for future counts and our conservation work, so let's encourage as many people as possible to become a member of the BRC family. The one who brings in the most memberships, will be personally rewarded by me with a bottle of chacha and a tasty khachapuri!

Back to our core business: raptors.
After 8 years of migration counts in the Batumi bottleneck, one of the most interesting questions which remains, is how the birds disperse after passing through the bottleneck. Therefore I'm delighted to announce that coming season, in close collaboration with Gernant Magnin, we will try to provide some insights on this. A simultaneous count, based on the same protocol, will be held on the other side of the Georgian/Turkish border.  Call for counters is expected soon, together with the call for Batumi counters, so keep an eye on our website.

All that remains for me to say at the moment is: Gaumarjos, I hope to see you all (again) in Batumi to join us in observing one of the most spectacular events in the world: the yearly raptor migration through the Batumi bottleneck.

Warm regards,
Folkert de Boer
Chairman of BRC

BRCJasper Wehrmann
Start of BRC membership

Join us as member to become integral part of BRC. We'd like to create closer ties with you throughout the year, and with your help continue our raptor conservation efforts in Batumi. Membership fees contribute directly to raptor conservation in Batumi, and cover our autumn raptor count monitoring, illegal shooting monitoring, training of regional students and involvement of Georgians.

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BRCJasper Wehrmann