Conservation of Saker (Falco cherrug) in the Carpathian Basin (LIFE06 NAT/HU/000096)
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The final conference of the Saker conservation LIFE project was held in Eger, Hungary 16-18 September. More than 60 participants from 10 countries attended the conference, where they could learn about the Saker conservation activities in the European range of the species including the results of the LIFE projects lead by Bükk National Park Directorate and expert-wisely co-ordinated by MME/BirdLife in Hungary and RPS in Slovakia. (2010/09/23)
Late October 2009 the satellite-tracked Saker Dorottya from Hungary arrived in Niger. She spent most of the following four months 50-25 km NNE of Zinder (roughly 14.00 N 9.00 E). The areas where she stayed are mostly quite flat coversands. Local rainfall averages 300-400 mm/yr. The main crop is the grain crop millet, grown by Haussa farmers. The other main land use is pastoralism, carried out primarily by Peul families. (2010/07/12)
EU's LIFE Committee has approved our new Saker conservation project for support. The aims of the project are to transfer knowledge from the recent LIFE programme to Romanian and Bulgarian colleagues on one hand, and on the other hand to continue insulation of the most dangerous places in Hungary and - involving one electric company as a partner (Západoslovenská energetika, a.s.) - in Slovakia. In the frame of the project, effects of wind farms and diet composition will also be assessed. (2010/06/21)
Three months of intense rehabilitation were not enough to save a falcon. Unfortunately, the Saker Falcon - a globally endangered species did not make it back to the wild. The bird underwent a serious operation; however its condition did not improve and likely as a result of a bacterial infection the bird died in early January 2010. (2010/01/28)
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Monitoring - Introduction  

The objective of the monitoring is to provide sufficient information about the efficiency of project actions and about the situation of the Falco cherrug population to be able to evaluate the project results.

The project area covers the most important habitats of F. cherrug but doesn’t cover the entire area of the countries concerned therefore it also doesn’t cover the total population of them due to the restriction of the project area to SPAs and to the immediate proximity (25 km) of the SPAs by the Commission. 

To assure the unified monitoring of F. cherrug population unified data sheets must be used but it must be marked under point nr.1 of all sheets whether the monitoring is done inside the project area or outside to be able to separate the project work and collected data. The collected data of F. cherrug population will be stored in electronic format ready for data processing. There will be electronic data sheets also beside the hard copies.

Beside the special F. cherrug monitoring data sheets two of the overall raptor survey sheets will be used outside of the known territories.

The most important rules for monitors that birds must least disturbed by the data collection and their breeding success shouldn’t be risked. During hatching and small chicks period nest can be visited only in case of serious danger and must be left ASAP. Observation within 500 m to the nest must be done hidden after securing that the birds cannot see us. If the birds are disturbed we must stop the observation.

There is an appointed responsible person in each known F. cherrug territory.

Attention: Working group members know the responsible site managers and partner co-ordinators therefore everybody is asked to contact them before and after the checking to avoid unnecessary disturbance of the birds but distribute essential information.

The following questions should be answered by the general F. cherrug monitoring >>
Nomenclature >>
Filling in Falco cherrug data sheets >>
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