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 Study and protection of rare species of raptors in Southern Siberia

When compared to the situation in drastically changed landscapes of Europe and China, in Southern Siberia raptors are doing relatively well. Large populations of birds of prey are still found in the region.

White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Saker Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Eagle Owl and other species, included in the Red Book of Russian Federation, nest in the Novosibirsk and Kemerovo Districts, Altai Province, south of Krasnoyarsk Province, and the Republics of Altai, Khakassia and Tyva. Thus, Southern Siberia has special value from the point of view of biodiversity conservation in Russia and in the whole world.

However, the sustained existence of these species is under constant threat induced by the crowing human impact on their populations. 

Main causes of threat to birds of prey in Southern Siberia are:

-    Illegal capturing of birds
-    Infrastructural development that destroys habitats (construction of bird-hazardous power lines, dams, roads etc.)
-    Factors of economic activity of humans, which cause catastrophic changes in the birds of prey habitats (forest fires, logging, pasturing of steppes, oil spills)
-    Harassment during the nesting season (uncontrolled development of tourism)

The programme aims: Monitoring of the populations of birds of prey in Southern Siberia, working towards restoration of the most vulnerable species, counteracting illegal capturing of commercially valuable species (primarily of Saker Falcon), contributing to the creation of bird-safe power lines etc.

Programme coordinator: Elvira Nikolenko, elnik2007 @ ya.ru 
Scientific director: Igor Karyakin, ikar_research @ mail.ru

Updates on the programme website:

Poster “Activity of Russian Raptors Research and Conservation Network (RRRCN) in the European Part of the Volga-Ural Region” >>>

Short report and photos about the expedition to Altai in 2008 >>> 

In the section ‘Materials’, a new article by Igor Karyakin, 'Learning to identify buzzards'

Website of the Russian Raptors Research Club has been fully updated.

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13.11.2014

The next issue of the "Raptors Conservation" Journal

The new issue of the Newsletter "Raptors Conservation" №28 (pdf 32Mb) has been published. The issue contains the paper about Himalayan Griffon in Tien Shan Mountains, about attracting birds of prey on artificial nesting platforms in Tuva etc.


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07.03.2014

Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference “Eagles of Palearctic: Study and Conservation”

The new issue of the Newsletter "Raptors Conservation" №27 (pdf 23Mb) has been published. The issue contains the Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference “Eagles of Palearctic: Study and Conservation”.


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12.05.2013

Steppe Eagle in Russia and Kazakhstan

The new issue of the Newsletter "Raptors Conservation" №26 (pdf 22Mb). The main theme of the issue is the results of research and conservation of the Steppe Eagle in Russia and Kazakhstan. Also in this issue: results of the monitoring of the Imperial Eagle population in Tatarstan and Eagle Owl in the Altai Kray.


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25.01.2013

White-Tailed Eagle - Bird 2013

The new issue of the Newsletter "Raptors Conservation" №25 (pdf 19Mb) has been published. The main theme of the issue is the results of research and conservation of eagles. Also in this issue: attraction of Ural Owls into nestboxes in the Biysk pine forests, Haemosporida of birds of prey in the Altai-Sayan Region.
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24.09.2012

Is it true that the administration of the Altai Krai destroys valuable forests and rare bird species in wildlife preserves?

Expedition of Sibecocenter revealed barbarous destruction of pine forests in preserves of the Altai Kray, and, consequently, destruction of nesting places of rare raptors.


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18.04.2012

Birds and Power Lines

The new issue of the Newsletter "Raptors Conservation" №24 (pdf 15Mb) has been published. The main theme of the issue is the results of solving the problem of the bird deaths from electrocution on power lines. Also in this issue: continued discussion on the origin of the large falcons, suggestions to amend the existing systematic nomenclature, considering the semispecies.





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16.06.2009
Re-establishment of forest protection service
Greenpeace Russia has started to collect signatures for a letter addressed to the Russian president, which demands re-establishment of state forest protection that would be a federal service, organizationally and financially independent from other state organs that deal with forest resource use, and would involve adequate number of staff (no less than 20 thousand inspectors). Such number of federal inspectors would mean operational groups of three people for each forest management unit in the regions of the country that are inhabited and accessible to transportation.
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01.06.2009
Tragedy in Altai: One more kill from the illegal hunt of argali
During an investigative expedition to the Sailyugem mountain range by Geblerov Ecological Society, the remains of one more killed argali (mountain sheep) was found, adding to the sad result of the illegal hunting trip that took place in the Altai on January 9 and ended with the helicopter crashing down and killing 7 people, including some high-ranking federal and local officials. During investigations on the south-west side of the mountain Chernaya on 28 May, the members of the Geblerov Society found the remains of a nine-year-old male mountain sheep (argali).
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08.05.2009
Finally some reaction!
After a three-month long confrontation between the civil society and the administration due to the investigation of illegal hunting of the Red-listed Altai argali by high-standing officials, the environmentalists’ case has finally seen a small victory.
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