"Notes from the Field" provides frequent updates and pictures from our biologists and students who are working in the field or at our headquarters, the World Center for Birds of Prey.
The future of Africa lies in investing in conservation education - Munir Virani
Africa is going through a huge transition where the rate of economic development is exponential. Over the coming years, wildlife will become more and more restricted to protected areas, which are also under threat from development. As more and more people in Africa crowd onto less and less land, incidences of human-wildlife conflicts will only increase resulting in the gradual decimation and extirpation of Africa’s unique wildlife resources.Read more...
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A day in the life of a Raptor Researcher in Africa - Adam Eichenwald
From the sun-drenched savannahs of Kenya comes this exclusive, in-depth look at the life of a raptor biologist. Having lived for 2 months at the Elsamere Field Centre, along the shores of Kenya's Lake Naivasha studying African Fish Eagles and Augur Buzzards, Peregrine Fund volunteer Adam Eichenwald brings us a never-before-seen-except-for-that-one-time window into his ongoing research. His mission: to boldly go where no man has gone before (barring those 20 prior years of Fish Eagle/Buzzard research from other biologists).Read more...
Luzon’s first satellite tagged eagle ‘Raquel’ finally seen again in northern Sierra Madre Mountains
More than three years after Philippine Eagle ‘Raquel’ was last seen a team of Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) biologists and localtrail masters got a rare glimpse of the dispersing eagle well within the thick jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.Read more...
On the road and in the rain: northern Kenya raptor surveys 2014
This year was our 5th successive annual survey and certainly no two years have been the same.One of the main reasons we survey in February is to eliminate weather-related road hazards, which on some Kenyan roads can be severe.It never rains in February.Well, never say never…. and just like the blistering cold temps and snowfall that hit the US this winter, it rained in February!Though fortunately not enough to stop our survey.Read more...
A Hawk's Story
As biologists, we aren't "supposed" to get attached to the animals we work with. We are often taught to be objective and analytical, but this is much harder said than done. This is especially true when, as in our case, we begin working with the Ridgway's Hawks when they are still too young to fly and monitor them on a daily basis for up to 3 months. We observe them on their initial flight attempts, and their sometimes wobbly landings. We worry about them on their first nights out of the release box and hope that they roost in safe spots and avoid being caught by predators. We watch them as they practice hunting and cheer when we find them with wild caught prey for the first time. After they disperse, or leave the release area, we track their movements and hope that they will continue to remain out of harm's way. One of our greatest fears is that they will end up shot or otherwise harmed by humans. We do all this work (and all this worrying) as part of our Assisted Dispersal program, wherein we release wild hatched young into other protected areas within Dominican Republic as a means to help create additional sustainable populations of this species in parts of its former range.Read more...
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