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Submission #164

Thu, 2013-02-28
Georgia
Batumi Raptor Count
2008
2012
Regional
Eastern Black Sea bottleneck in proximity to the city of Batumi, Southwestern Georgia
http://batumiraptorcount.org/
Batumi Raptor Count
Civil (NGO)
70
No
  • Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
  • Booted Eagle (Aquila pennata)
  • Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus)
  • Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
  • Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
  • Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus)
  • European Honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
  • Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
  • Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)
  • Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus)
  • Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus)
  • Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina)
  • Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
  • Montagu's Harrier (Circus pygargus)
  • Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
  • Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
  • Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)
  • Short-toed Snake-eagle (Circaetus gallicus)
  • Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)
  • Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
  • White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
No
<20%
<20%
No
No
Yes
No
None
No
Yes
No
Yes
2008
2012
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
2008
2012
Yes
2008
2012
No
No
Yes
A study to assess the scale of hunting (poaching) of raptors was conducted in 2011.
2011
2011
No
No
No
No
Yes
Raptor poaching activity is monitored systematically in proximity of our counting stations.
2008
2012
No
No
Yes
Annually
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Annually
Yes
No
No
No
No
Yes
2008
2012
No
No
No
Yes
2008
2012
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Annually
Yes
We provide our daily count data to any interested organization so long as our contribution (i.e., the source of the data) is properly acknowledged. Daily results during the count are also posted to Trektellen.
Yes
Annually
Yes
Annually
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Key components of our conservation program is working with Georgian conservation officials to enforce existing laws and to educate the local people about the raptors that use the Batumi bottleneck, and to directly and indirectly provide economic incentives (e.g., ecotourism) for the people to stop illegal poaching.
No
No
No
No
7 man-months (3 individuals)
50+ annually.
>80%
25.000
Scientific publications:

Verhelst B. Jansen J. & Vansteelant W. 2011 South West Georgia: an important bottleneck for raptor migration during autumn. Ardea

(Several others are in preparation and are expected to be published shortly.)


Popular writing:

(English) Jansen J. 2012. Batumi Bottleneck: 2 sided discovery for raptor conservation. Hawk Mountain News fall 2012 (117): 32-35.

(English) Green A.W. 2012. Watching Autumn Hawk Migrations in Batumi, Republic of Georgia. Hawk Migration Studies 37(2): 10-13.

(German) Falke 2012 - Einzigartiger Greifvogelzug zwischen Schwarzem Meer und Kaukasus

(German) Vansteelant W. 2010. Batumi, Adscharien; In Aebischer A. (Hrsg.) 2010. Vogel beobachten in Europa. Haupt Verlag, Bern, Sw.

(Dutch) Vansteelant W., Jansen J. & Verhelst B. 2010. Batumi Raptor Count: Monitoring van geconcentreerde roofvogeltrek aan de Oostelijke Zwarte Zee. Natuur.oriolus 76(3): 82-93.
I welcome any questions/comments about the questionnaire completed.

It is also possible that another member of my team has already completed/submitted it on BRC's behalf. If this should prove the case, please contact me, as I am the main point of contact for BRC's autumn monitoring program.