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A second pair of Saker Falcons arrived in Bulgaria

A second pair of Saker Falcons arrived in Bulgaria

25.01.2011

The female comes from the Czech Republic, while the male from Slovakia. They are accommodated in the Wildlife Rescue Centre at Green Balkans, where the team of the Centre will look after them. It is expected that the falcons from the two pairs will start breeding in 2012 or 2013. Their offspring will be released back into the wild in past Saker Falcon locations, in line with acknowledged dispersal method (hacking). We hope that they will like the dispersal sites and start breeding into the wild.

The project team would like to express our gratitude to Dr. Valko Biserkov, Director of IBER-BAS, for the support in purchasing the new pair of Saker Falcons. We are also grateful to our colleagues Ms. Lucia Doychova and Jozef Havko from the Raptor Protection of Slovakia.

The “Saker Falcon Reintroduction in Bulgaria” Project provides for a pilot release of 5 young birds in the summer of 2011. The birds will be set free in the Central Balkan National Park, which has been selected as one of the best sites to correspond to the species’ environmental requirements. The falcons will be tagged with satellite transmitters and their movement and migrations will be followed. We therefore aim at supporting not only the restoration of the population of the species in Bulgaria but also learn more about the real threats, preferred habitats, feeding base and interactions of the Saker Falcons with the other birds of prey.

The activities in the Central Balkan NP will be carried out in close collaboration with the Park Directorate, while the funding of the project is secured by the Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency.

For more information on the Saker Falcon reintroduction contact:
Dimitar Ragyov
phone: +359 898 585 553; +359 898 585 553, e-mail: dimitar.ragyov@gmail.com

For more information on the captive breeding contact:
Ivailo Klisurov
phone: +359 886 570 052; +359 886 570 052, е-mail: iklisurov@greenbalkans.org