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

About the conference

Third International Scientific and Practical Conference

September 24-29 , 2023

Almaty, Kazakhstan

The Organizers:

Biodiversity research and conservation centre community trust (BRCC)
Russian Raptor Research and Consevation Network
Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK)
Institute of Zoology-Republic of Kazakhstan
Bird Conservation Union of Kazakhstan
Russian Bird Conservation Union (RBCU)
MME/Birdlife Hungary
Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
Aquila–Kordian Bartoszuk
Wind of Wandering (Veters, LLC)

with the support of

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Trust for Mutual Understanding, European Union’s LIFE Nature Fund LIFE (LIFE21-NAT-HU-LIFE SakerRoads), VGP FOUNDATION, The private Institution “Nongovernmental nature protection center «KAVKAZ», Siberian Wellness

All Eurasian eagle species are relatively rare, and, consequently, their conservation requires joint efforts by the countries where the birds breed, migrate, and overwinter. Conservation planning requires examination of species population status and existing threats.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss the current situation, negative factors, and methods of studying and conserving eagles, as well as to propose a strategy for the conservation of the most vulnerable species.

The first and second “Eagles of the Palearctic: Study and Conservation” conferences were held in 2013 and 2018 in Russia, the first – in the Republic of Tatarstan, the second – in Altai.

Special attention was paid to the most vulnerable species – Steppe Eagle. Thanks to the international cooperation initiated at the first conference, the Steppe Eagle’s status on the IUCN Red List was upgraded to “endangered,” and a Russian strategy for the conservation of this species was also created. A working group formed at the second conference proposed to create a Global Plan of Action for the Conservation of the Steppe Eagle as part of the Memorandum of Understanding on Raptors under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

The focus of the 2023 Conference is the development of practical actions to balance out negative factors affecting raptors in steppe and desert regions, including bird mortality at power grid facilities, poisoning, inadequate food supply in both nesting areas and on migration routes. It is planned to discuss the plan for the creation of the National Strategy for the Conservation of the Steppe Eagle in Kazakhstan on the Conference.

The conference is open to suggestions for other relevant topics for thematic sessions, round tables, and satellite events; please submit proposals by March 1, 2023, when registering for participation (see below).

Key Species: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Imperial Eagle (A. heliaca), Steppe Eagle (A. nipalensis), Tawny Eagle (A. rapax), Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles (A. clanga, A. pomarina), Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis), White-Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Steller’s Sea-Eagle (H. pelagicus), Pallas’s Fish-Eagle (H. leucoryphus), Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Booted Eagle (H. pennatus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus).

The Key topics of the Conference:
• Eagle populations – status and trends
• Threats – hunting (by people), poisoning, electric shock, and collision
• Conservation – approaches and methods, international cooperation
• Eagle study methods
• Breeding biology, ecology
• Movements – habitat usage, migration studies including ringing and trackers
• Genetics, evolution, phylogeny, and eagles phylogeography, taxonomy
• Climate change – potential influence and impact
• Captive breeding and sustainable use
• Eagles as environmental indicators

Conference Program Committee:
Anatoly F. Kovshar (Conference Chair), Doctor of Biological Sciences, Prof., Bird Conservation Union of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan;
Todd Katzner (Conference Co-chair), PhD, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, Idaho, USA;
Arkady P. Isaev, DSci, Institute of Biological Problems of the Cryolithozone, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia;
Richard E. Harness, Certified Wildlife Biologist, EDM International, Inc.;
Marton Horvath, PhD, MME BirdLife Hungary;
Igor V. Karyakin, RRRCN, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia;
Vitalij Kovalev, NABU, Germany;
Michael McGrady, PhD, International Avian Research, Austria;
Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg, PhD, Prof., NABU, Germany;
Alexander L. Mishchenko, PhD, Institute of Ecology and Evolution Problems named after A.N. Severtsov RAS, Moscow, Russia;
Eugene R. Potapov, PhD, Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania, USA;
Matyas Prommer, PhD, Herman Otto Institute, Hungary;
Ilya E. Smelansky, ACBK, Kazakhstan;
Sergey L. Sklyarenko, ACBK, Kazakhstan.

Conference Organizing Committee:
Ekaterina Akentyeva, Institute of Zoology Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan;
Rinur Bekmansurov, RRRCN, Nizhnyaya Kama National Park, Yelabuga, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia;
Alyona Kaptyonkina, Institute of Zoology Republic of Kazakhstan, BRCC, Karaganda, Kazakhstan;
Igor Karyakin, RRRCN, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia;
Vitalij Kovalev, NABU, Germany;
Elvira Nikolenko (Conference Secretary), RRRCN, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia;
Nurlan Ongarbayev, BRCC, Karaganda, Kazakhstan;
Genrietta Pulikova, BRCC, Karaganda, Kazakhstan;
Elena Shnayder, PhD, RRRCN, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Conference location
“Almaty Resort” Sanatorium
Address: Kazakhstan, Almaty, str. Almerek, 1/1 (Kargaly, Bostandyk district).
Location: N43.1748, E76.8779

Working languages:
Russian, English and Kazakh (simultaneous translation will be provided).

The First Information Letter (PDF)

The Second Information Letter (PDF)

Conference Secretary:
Elvira Nikolenko,
Director of Sibecocenter LLC,
tel: +7-923-150-12-79 (WhatsApp, Telegram)






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