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.
Videos & Slides
Batumi Raptor Count: our strategy for the monitoring and conservation of more than one million raptors in the eastern Black Sea flyway
Illegal killing of birds in the Batumi bottleneck
Accounting for differential migration strategies between age groups to monitor raptor population dynamics in the eastern Black Sea flyway
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
Research on waders in Southern Azerbaijan, one of the last under-surveyed areas of the Western Palearctic
The development of the Besh Barmag Bird Migration Count in Azerbaijan and its importance for the monitoring of Eurasian migrant birds
Establishing raptor migration monitoring at Sarimazi (Turkey) to assess Egyptian Vulture population trends