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Grey Falcon records

Observation records of the Grey Falcon from any part of its Australian range are requested by Jonny Schoenjahn (phone 9385-9939; jonnybird@bigpond.com; www.jonnybird-australia.com/greyfalcon/.htm), who has been compiling information on the status and distribution of this rare species for the past eight years. (Posted on 8 Jan. 2012)

Black Sparrowhawk graduate study opportunity

Study opportunity: PhD research at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town.
Project: Investigating plumage polymorphism in Black Sparrowhawks
We invite applications for the above full-time study opportunity at the FitzPatrick Institute, a world-renowned, national Centre of Excellence in ornithological research with a strong emphasis on postgraduate studies.
The Black Sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus is a polymorphic raptor that exhibits a common light morph and a rarer dark morph. This species has recently colonised the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape of South Africa where we have monitored the population for over 10 years. In this population the frequencies of the morphs are reversed with around 80% being dark morph birds. The project will seek to understand the origin, adaptive function and maintenance of plumage colour variation in this species through two key components: an ecological study, which will test whether the different morphs have a selective advantage in different habitats or under different climatic conditions, and a molecular study to i) establish the role of the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) in the evolution of plumage morphs in Black Sparrowhawks, and ii) to test the alternative hypothesis that plumage polymorphisms are maintained through limited dispersal and genetic drift.
The successful applicant will have an MSc degree in Zoology (or equivalent), relevant ornithological field experience and be available to start in early 2012. Students with a good BSc Honours degree and experience may be considered for registration at MSc level, with the intention to upgrade to PhD level.
Funding is secured for an annual R100 000 CoE bursary (R75 000 for MSc) for three years and for project running costs. To apply, please send a CV (including your academic record & names and contact details of three referees) and a short motivation for why you wish to undertake this research to Hilary Buchanan at hilary.buchanan@uct.ac.za. For more information on the project, please contact: Dr Arjun Amar (arjun.amar@uct.ac.za). Closing date: 10 January 2012. (Posted on 17 December 2011)

Crowned Solitary Eagle study

Se solicitan asistentes de campo para trabajar en el proyecto: “Ecología y Conservación del Águila Coronada en el Centro de Argentina” El estudio se lleva a cabo en el oeste de la Provincia de La Pampa durante diciembre, enero y febrero de 2011-2012. El trabajo consiste en búsqueda y monitoreo de nidos de águila coronada, muestreo de disponibilidad de presas, captura y marcado de individuos, seguimiento de individuos marcados con transmisores vhf, recorridos de tendidos eléctricos y censos de aves rapaces. Se requiere buena predisposición para trabajar en el campo durante todo el día, las condiciones en esta época del año son de altas temperaturas. Se provee estipendio, movilidad para realizar algunas de las actividades, seguro y se cubrirán gastos de estadía. Los interesados enviar Currículum Vitae y carta de intención a Maximiliano Galmes (maxigalmes@yahoo.com.ar), aclarando la disponibilidad de tiempo y poniendo en el asunto Asistente de campo. (Posted on 17 December 2011)

Bald Eagle tissue samples needed

I am working in the Conservation Genetics laboratory of Dr. Melanie Culver at the University of Arizona, where we are investigating the possible genetic isolation of Bald Eagles in the Sonora Desert. We have samples for the Sonoran Desert population in Arizona (collected by the Arizona Game and Fish Department) and are looking for samples from surrounding states. If you are a Bald Eagle researcher/bander in Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Texas, or Mexico we would be interested in establishing a collaboration. We would like to ask you to collect a tissue sample during your normal banding visits. If you are not comfortable with performing tissue collection, I would be willing to join you on sampling trips to assist with sample collection and/or train you in the techniques. Tissue samples can simply be a breast feather or a blood sample. Blood samples are ideal because they can be archived for future research efforts. We are also interested in adult feathers found opportunitically at active breeding areas. Lastly if you have a historical tissue samples archive we would be interested in talking about the possibility of using those samples for this study as well. We have applied for a USFWS Migratory Bird Scientific Collection permit for all the States listed above and thus can house the samples and use them for research purposes. Now we need collaborators to work with for collection of tissue samples. I hope to hear from you soon to have collaborations in place for the 2012 Bald Eagle breeding season. For more information contact Mike Wierda at 864.903.2959 or mwierda@email.arizona.edu. (Posted on 1 November 2011)

Egyptian Vulture Breeding Program

We are starting a conservation programme in Madrid, Spain, involving the Egyptian vulture. We are trying to collect as much data as possible about captive breeding of Egyptian Vultures, and we would like to know of any other centres that are breeding them and, if possible, developing an artificial insemination program with them. Any kind of advice or collaboration will be very welcome. Thank you very much. e-mail: cria@grefa.org. See www.grefa.org,

Osprey Conservation in the Dominican Republic

Shooting of wintering Ospreys is a serious problem in the Dominican Republic, most likely because locals wrongly regard the birds as threats to their chickens. A fund to support environmental education in the D.R. has been established by Dr. "Rob" Bierregaard, with a start-up grant from the International Osprey Foundation. Additional donations, earmarked for Osprey Conservation/Dominican Republic, may be sent to The Peregrine Fund, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709 USA.

Nematodes in raptors

In May 2009 I found a roadkilled adult male Honey Buzzard in Ras Sukheir, Egypt, and together with Dr.Kohar Garo we are working on an article regarding the endoparasites (Nematodes) of this specimen. Because we could not find any previous work on it, can anyone give us a hand on it, sending any useful references, or directing us to other pioneer works in this topic?
Thanks in advance,
Istvan Moldovan
e-mail: idegenvezeto@yahoo.com
web: www..birdinginegypt.com

Skewed sex ratios

We have received about 30 salvaged Cooper’s Hawks and a dozen or so each of Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrel. Among each sample are only one or two males of each species. Has anyone else observed this sort of skewed ratio in raptor samples, and are there previous published studies on this phenomenon?
Thanks, Daniel M. Brooks, Ph.D., Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX 77030
dbrooks@hmns.org; (713) 639-4776

Tagged Turkey Vultures

The University of California Davis - Wildlife Health Center began a statewide study in 2008 looking at heavy metal exposure in scavenging birds. Turkey Vulture is one of the species that has been live trapped, tagged, and monitored. The TUVUs are fitted with "large white with black-numbers" patagial (axillary) tags that are easily visible in flight and when perched. Numbers can usually be easily read with binoculars and/or spotting scopes. Please report any sightings with exact location, observer, date, and tag number to the Bird Banding Laboratory at http://www.pwrc . usgs.gov/ bbl/homepage/ reptauxm. htm. Also, please report the sightings to Pete Bloom at PHBloom1@aol.com and Terra Kelly at trkelly@ucdavis.edu.

Lesser Kestrel feathers

Airam Rodríguez Martín is seeking feathers of Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni to be used in studies of population genetics and migration, which will be useful in the conservation of this globally threatened species. He is mainly interested in feathers collected near breeding colonies, but is also interested in such samples from their African winter quarters. It is important to record locality and date the feather was found, the sex and age of the bird (if known), and any other relevant information (e.g., from a dead, predated, or live kestrel). Feathers should be mailed to Airam Rodríguez Martín, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Pabelló del Perú, Avda. María Luisa S/N, 41013 Sevilla, Spain. For more information, contact airamrguez@ebd.csic.es.

Review of Eagle Conservation Status

The Eagle Conservation Alliance (ECA) has started a review of some of the world's most imperiled eagles, the serpent and booted eagles. Because so little is known about some of these species, and what is known may be unpublished, we have set up a blog page so that people can contribute to our review. On the blog page, we publish portions of our results, and we are asking potential contributors to look at these results and comment on them. We consider 61 eagle species in the (current and historical) genera Eutriorchis, Spilornis, Pithecophaga, Terathopius, Circaetus, Dryotriorchis, Nisaetus, Stephanoatus, Spizaetus, Hieraaetus, Polemaetus, Lophaetus, Ictinaetus, and Aquila. We ask you to visit the blog page at http://eagleconservationalliance.org/discussions/hawk-and-serpent-eagles/serpent-and-booted-eagle-conservation/ and make comments. The blog moderators will monitor the comments and post those thought to be useful to the discussion and perhaps contact the contributors directly to clarify information useful to the review. We ask you to pass this information on to others that you know that might have an interest in this and post it to other appropriate list serves. We will publish more of our results on future blogs (probably in May) and solicit comments on them. We are aiming to publish our review in the peer-reviewed literature and any contributions will be acknowledged. This is a conservation-based effort, and we hope that by assembling this information we have made a first, small but critical step in conserving these eagles and making good use of rare conservation funding and skills.
For more information, contact Mike McGrady, Natural Research, at mike.mcgrady@natural-research.org or see http://www.natural-research.org.

Malta Peregrine Breeding Project

The Malta Falconry Centre is currently completing an application for a Life+ Nature Project (an EU funding scheme that co-financing projects that deal with environmental conservation in its various forms) with the objective of creating a captive breeding programme for the Peregrine Falcon. This is an endemic falcon in the Maltese Islands but it has recently become extinct. The aim of the captive breeding programme is create a sustainable Peregrine population that can be released in the wild. We would like to invite researchers, falconers and captive breeding experts (preferably from EU countries) that are interested in assisting in the various aspects of the captive breeding and releasing programme to contact us on: Fax: 00356 21418702, Tel: 00356 21418756, or email: maria@paragoneurope.eu
In your response kindly specify your area of interest and expertise together with the area or stage of the project on which you would like help us. We would be grateful if you could also forward us your CV.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation! Best regards, Maria Gatt, Paragon Ltd.

Wing-tagged Turkey Vultures in Venezuela

More than 100 North American Turkey Vultures were marked in 2006-2007 on their wintering gounds in Venezuela with red wing-tags with white numbers, or blue wing-tags with black numbers. Sightings of any of the birds along with information on date, location, tag number and color, which wing tagged, and behavior when seen should be reported to Keith Bildstein, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, at bildstein@hawkmtn.org; 1-570-943-3441, ext. 108.

Saskatchewan Vulture Studies

A long-term wing-tagging project with nesting Turkey Vultures in Saskatchewan is continuing, and details of sightings of birds with green tags with white letters or numbers should be reported to C. Stuart Houston at stuart.houston@usask.ca or (306) 244-0742.

Alberta Vulture Sightings Needed

A long-term study of nesting Turkey Vultures in east-central and northern Alberta was begun in 2003 by Wayne Nelson, Floyd Kunnas, and Dave Moore of the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division to investigate the productivity and distribution of these birds. Observers are encouraged to report all sighting of TVs in this region, along with data on date, location, and activity, to Rick Morse at ricmorse@shaw.ca or (780) 405-7389.

Bonelli's Eagle information requested

Dear colleagues: OSME (Ornithological Society of the Middle East) has agreed to assist in the preparation of a monograph about the Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata/Hieraaetus fasciatus). This book is being produced by the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/BirdLife). More than 70 text authors and 40 photographers and illustrators are contributing to it. It is a synthesis about the biology, behaviour, identification, current status and conservation of this species. On behalf of OSME I have agreed to write a summary about the current status, trends and conservation priorities of this eagle at the Middle East, Turkey, and Central Asia (the OSME region map). This is a big task and I have only four weeks to complete it. My request is that each of you that is resident in an OSME region country please send me (privately) any information you have on the current status of the species in your area so that the review is accurate.
Thank you in advance,
Keith Betton

Registros Rapaces de Bogota, Colombia

Apreciados miembros de la Red Neotropical Raptors y Fororapaces, cordial saludo:
El motivo del presente mensaje es solicitarles su apoyo y colaboración en el envío de registros (fecha, lugar exacto, especie, observadores) de aves rapaces tanto diurnas como nocturnas (Falconiformes y Strigiformes) en la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia; todos los datos recibidos y compilados tendrán su respectivo crédito y agradecimiento; esta información será incluida en una Guía de Aves Rapaces de Bogotá, que estamos preparando con César Márquez y Víctor Vanegas, investigadores del Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, junto con la Secretaria de Ambiente Distrital.
Por favor enviar sus registros al e-mail: diegosaurio@gmail.com. Muchas gracias de antemano y por la atención prestada.
Diego Soler Tovar
MV, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Director Departamento de Investigación
Asociación de Veterinarios de Vida Silvestre (VVS)

Asian Vulture Population Project

This site was set up by The Peregrine Fund to assist in the conservation of White rumped (Oriental White-backed) (Gyps bengalensis), Long-billed (G. tenuirostris), and Slender-billed Vultures (G. indicus), which have suffered drastic population crashes as the result of the effects of diclofenac, a drug administered to aging livestock which are eaten by the vultures. To help monitor the remnant populations of these species and locate surviving nesting colonies, observers are urged to submit information (species, number of nests, number of chicks, location, etc.) at this site, which are then summarized for the benefit of conservationists and land managers.rom: "Munir Virani" Dear Vulture Enthusiast: The Peregrine Fund's Asian Vulture Population Project (AVPP) needs your help. The information that you have contributed has helped dentify remnant vulture colonies throughout South Asia. As at December 2006, we have received vulture data from 107 locations contributed by 29 organizations and individuals. This is a tremendous achievement and you should be proud of being a vital element of this conservation process. We would like to continue building on this data base as we believe that this information is a key component of the vulture restoration process.
The following information was recently supplied by Dr. Munir Virani, Project Director: "It is now that time of the year when Asian Gyps vultures are breeding again. Therefore, we respectfully encourage you to revisit your vulture sites and continue to furnish us with information about vultures (species, how many nests, how many chicks, geographical location etc.). Your information is very valuable in achieving vulture conservation. Remember that you and your organization will be acknowledged for the data that you provide and that nobody can use this data without your permission. Please send your information to vulturestudy@peregrinefund.org or directly to me at tpf@africaonline.co.ke. I look forward to hearing from you."
Munir Z. Virani, PhD
Coordinator, Asian Vulture Crisis Project
The Peregrine Fund
5668 West Flying Hawk Lane
Boise Idaho 83709 USA

Turkey Vultures in the Pacific Northwest

Olympic Vulture Study is soliciting observations of fall migrating Turkey Vultures in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for a long-term study of the status of this species in the region. Contact Diann Macrae, 22622 -- 53rd Ave. S.E., Bothell, WAS 98021, or tvulture@vei.net.

Northern Harriers

Patagial markers have been placed on Northern Harriers as a part of a long-term study of populations on Whidbey Island and in the Kent Valley, Washington. Report observations of marked birds, including details on tag color, location, and markings to Jack Bettesworth, 2569 12th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119, (206) 285-5276 (jgbett@comcast.net).

Cooper's Hawk study

Since 1996, color bands have been placed on over 1,200 nestling Cooper's Hawks in Victoria, British Columbia as a part of a long-term study on the urban-nesting ecology of this species. Report sightings of marked birds, including color, date, time, and location, to Andy Stewart, BC Conservation Data Centre, Victoria, BC, (250) 387-9780 (andy.stewart@gems6.gov.bc.ca).

Rift Valley Raptor Migration Information Requested

I am researching bird knowledge among peoples of the Great Rift Valley for a project called "Flyways," based on the migration along the Great Rift from Turkey to southern Africa. The project will chronicle the birds' passage using music of the cultures over which the birds fly and featuring the voices of some of the various endemic and migrating species. The birds' extraordinary journeys link cultures across vast distances, a powerful symbol for the interconnectedness of all forms of life as well as for the need for international collaboration for conservation. Music and dance are often the defining elements of cultures. Many of the diverse and extraordinary musical and dance traditions found throughout the region are in danger of disappearing. "Flyways'" purpose is to celebrate and affirm these, and to support conservation efforts relating to the birds.
Raptors are charismatic "flagship" species. My request is for information about local knowledge concerning the various species of raptors - how they are perceived, used and managed by peoples along the Great Rift, including ecological knowledge, and use for medicine, adornment, divination, and ritual.
All ideas and suggestions are welcome. With thanks, Chez Liley, Research coordinator, Music for the Earth, chezliley@aol.com.

ARRCN Spizaetus Distribution Maps and Habitat Analysis Project

The purpose of this project is to create distribution maps for Spizaetus [= Nisaetus] nipalensis, S. cirrhatus, S. alboniger, and S. nanus. See the website for data sheets and instructions. The project is being partially funded by the Aeon Foundation (Japan).

Ferruginous and Swainson's Hawks

Color bands were placed on nestling Ferruginous and Swainson's Hawks in the Arlington, Oregon area of the Columbia Basin in Spring 2007 and 2008 as a part of a windpower-funded monitoring project. All chicks were banded in with a unique color band on one leg and a metal band on the other leg. Sightings should be reported to Scott Downes, Northwest Wildlife Consultants, at s.downes@nw-wildlife consultants.com or (509) 833-8331.


The Merlin Falcon Foundation invites you to participate in a regional citizen scientist investigation of the little-known Coastal Forest Merlin. Please contribute sightings to our website and help our national educational programs on behalf of Merlins.

Coastal raptors

Colored leg bands have been placed on Peregrine Falcons, Gyrfalcons, and Bald Eagles and leg flags placed on Merlins on beaches at Ocean Shores, Grayland, and the Long Beach Peninsula, Washington. Please note band or leg flag code, color, date, time, and location and report sightings to Dan Varland at (360) 591-5959 or danvarland@coastalraptors.org.

Accipiter winter site fidelity study

Blue VID bands have been placed on Cooper's Hawks and color and aluminum bands on Sharp-shinned Hawks in Washington. Please note right or left leg and numbers on engraved bands, and report date, time, and location of sightings to Jack Bettesworth, 2569 12th Ave W., Seattle, WA 98119, (206) 285-5276, jgbett@comcast.net.

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