We has tagged with satellite transmitters 8 young Saker Falcons in Ukraine together with Hungarian and Romanian colleagues in 2011 and 2012. The result of this investigation has been published in our new article.
Prommer M., Milobog Yu., Gavrilyuk M., Vetrov V. Juvenile dispersal of Saker Falcons in Ukraine according satellite telemetry // Вісник Черкаського університету. Серія Біологічні науки. Черкаси, 2014. Вип. 36 (329). С. 129-134. [Scientific journal “Visnyk of Cherkasy University” Bilogical Series. – Cherkasy, 2014. – №36 (329). – P. 129-134]
27-30 September 2012, the 6th International Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls in North Eurasia “Birds of Prey in the Dynamic Environment of the Third Millennium: Status and Prospects” was held in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
The proceedings are published in two volumes, 117 papers in a total. In Russian with English summaries. One article is completely in English.
First volume covers different species of birds of prey, another one is dedicated only to Buzzards Buteo. Contributors are 164 ornithologists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Hungary, Finland, Great Britain, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
To order the proceedings please address Anna Rashevskaya the Secretary of the Conference Organization Committee (email@example.com). The price of the ‘birds of prey’ volume is 15 Euro, and the price of ‘buzzards’ volume is 5 Euro (shipping costs are not included).
The table of contents of both books in English is pasted below.
The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) − is a rare breeding species of birds of prey, listed in the Red Data Book of Ukraine. Its number has sharply declined in the first half of the 20th century. Then a gradual restoration of the population started in the 1980s, and in the Red Data Book of Ukraine (Milobog, 2009) the bird number was estimated as 250-300 pairs. As a result of the population growth in Europe BirdLife International in 2010 revised the conservation status of this raptor and moved it from the category «endangered» (EN) to «vulnerable» (VU). This fact caused many negative responses of birds of prey experts (see, for instance, articles of O.V.Belyalov, A.V.Moshkin in the journal “Raptors Conservation” (2010)).
The Saker population in Ukraine is extremely vulnerable. Major threats are poaching (includes taking out birds for falconry), inadequate food supply, lack of breeding sites. Therefore, we support a reasonable position to return the status «endangered» for the species.
At the Saker International Conference in Hungary, September 2010, there was presented a report by Yu. V. Milobog and V.V. Vetrov on the current state of population of this species in Ukraine and adjacent territories. As a result of more detailed studies conducted in recent years, the number was estimated as 315-345 pairs. The report is available here:
Milobog Y., Vetrov V. Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Ukraine and adjacent areas // Conservation of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Europe – Sharing the results of the life06nat/h/000096 “Conservation of the Falco cherrug in the Carpathian Basin” Project (Bukk National Park Directorate Eger, Hungary, 16-18 September 2010)
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The new number of Stepet journal has been published. – 2010. – Vol. 8, Iss. 2. The journal includes the following publications on birds of prey:
• Belik V.P. Short-toed Eagle in the North Caucasus // С. 34-59. [in Russian]
• Efimenko N.N. Short-toed Eagle in Turkmenistan: distribution, breeding ecology, current numbers and conservation // С. 60-85. [in Russian]
• Tilba P.A. Passage of Red-footed Falcon in the North-Western Caucasus // С. 94-98. [in Russian]
• Komarov Yu.E. Red-footed Falcon in Northern Ossetia // С. 99-100. [in Russian]
• Dinkevich M.A., Markitan L.V. Recording of obligatory necrophage birds in the plain part of Adygea Republic (near the town of Krasnodar) // C. 101-105. [in Russian]
The new number of Stepet journal has been published. – 2010. – Vol. 8, Iss. 1. The journal includes the following publications on birds of prey:
• Belik V.P., Fedosov V.N. Breeding of the Levant Sparrowhawk in the village of Divnoe (Stavropol Territory) in 2010 // P. 95-102. [in Russian]
• Belik V.P. Toward the status of the Red Kite in the Caucasus // P. 103-113. [in Russian]
• Perevozov A.G. Breeding of the Black Vulture in the Caucasian Reserve // P. 121-124. [in Russian]
• Belik V.P. Breeding of the Short-toed Eagle on Abrau Peninsula (Krasnodar Territory) // P. 125-127. [in Russian]
Price of the journal is 70 roubles + shipping costs. If you would like to purchase the journal please contact the editor Viktor Belik (firstname.lastname@example.org), in Ukraine – to Yury Milobog (email@example.com).
The new number of Stepet journal has been published. – 2009. – Vol. 7, Iss. 1-2. The journal includes the following publications on birds of prey:
• Belik, V.P. Characteristics of demonstrative and hunting ecology of Short-toed Eagle // P. 50-61. [in Russian]
• Efimenko, N. N. Black Vulture in Turkmenistan: distribution, breeding ecology, numbers and conservation // P. 62-77. [in Russian]
• Malovichko, L.V., Fedosov, V.N. Accidental flight of obligate scavenger birds in the steppe of Stavropolje // P. 91-93. [in Russian]
• Dyachenko, M.P. Breeding of the Lesser Kestrel in the village of Ulan-Khol in the east of Kalmykia // P. 94-96. [in Russian]
• Domashevsky, S.V., Demidenko, Yu.A. Migration of birds of prey in the vicinity of Kyiv in autumn 2008 // P. 97-100. [in Russian]
Price of the journal is 60 roubles + shipping costs. If you would like to purchase the journal please contact the editor Viktor Belik (firstname.lastname@example.org), in Ukraine – to Yury Milobog (email@example.com).
Belik, V.P. 2009. Birds of planted forests of the steppe Ciscaucasia: Composition and formation of ornithofauna in arid conditions. – Kryvyi Rih: Mineral. 215 p.
This book represents a text of the dissertation defended in 1986 at Institute of Zoology of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kyiv. Despite a slight declining interest in this subject in the 1980s – after the release of a large series of publications of the Ukrainian and Russian zoologists, dedicated to the study of ornithofauna of steppe planted forests – these studies are still valid until now.
It’s the point that precisely at that period the USSR had accumulated extensive data on faunogenesis of birds, which were repeatedly discussed in the press, but, apparently, not comprehended to an end. Only recently, when it was prepared the information ground, “ploughed” by current global dynamics of the bird ranges, there arose prerequisites for a deeper analysis of the collected data of that period. And a brief overview of the problem, undertaken again in 2003 (Ornithologia (Ornithology), Issue 30, pp. 25-31), has found a very favorable response among specialists. Therefore, it would be useful once again to discuss these issues on particular materials, which are contained in the dissertation.
The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) is included in the Red Data Book of Ukraine (1994) as a vulnerable species, and has the status of ‘Least Concern’ in the Red List of IUCN/Birdlife (2004). In the new edition of the Red Data Book (in print) it is referred as ‘rare’.
The second half of the 20th century was characterized with a catastrophic decrease of species numbers in all parts of the range especially in the Mediterranean area. As a result in 1980s the Peregrine population in Ukraine reached its minimum equaling to about 15-20 pairs. However already since 1980s the population showed a restoration trend in the Crimea. In the end of the 20th century and in the beginning of the 21st century the increase rate of numbers was rather high (as for such a rare species). This process attracted attention of ornithologists from Ukraine and recently three groups of specialists have published 3 papers, which we present below to download. All of them mutually complete each other and allow to receive quite a full image of the current status of the Peregrine Falcon in Ukraine. The numbers of breeding birds in the Crimea were estimated by V.N. Kucherenko and S.Yu.Kostin (2003) as 50-55 pairs, M.M.Beskaravainy and A.N.Tsvelykh (2009) – about 70 pairs, V.V.Vetrov, S.P.Prokopenko and Yu.V.Milobog (2009) about 105–110 pairs and additive 10-15 pairs in the Carpathians.
15-18 September it was held the all-Ukrainian Scientific Conference dedicated to 175-years anniversary of foundation of the Department of Zoology of Kyiv National University named after T.G.Shevchenko. The conference was organized by the Department of Zoology and Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Kaniv Natural Reserve and Ukrainian Union for Bird Conservation. The conference was opened in Kyiv, and scientific sessions took place in Kaniv Natural Reserve. The conference was participated by near 60 scientists of Ukraine as well as representatives from Russia and France.
According to results of the conference the proceedings were published: Zoological science in modern society. Proceedings of the all-Ukrainian Scientific Conference dedicated to 175-years anniversary of foundation of the Department of Zoology of Kyiv National University named after T.G.Shevchenko (15-18 September 2009, Kyiv-Kaniv). Kyiv: Fitosociotsentr, 2009. 532 p. [in Ukrainian]. The proceedings include three publications on birds of prey:
• Bashta, A.-T.V. Current state of owls (Strigiformes) in the western part of Ukraine. Pp. 55-58 [in Ukrainian]
• Godovanets, B.J. Current state and conservation of owls of the Ukrainian Carpathians. Pp. 117-121. [in Ukrainian]
• Domashevsky S.V. Current status of birds of prey in Kiev region. Pp. 158-160. [in Russian]
Thus, the new list was approved by the order of Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukrain No 313 of 17.06.2009 “About approval of lists of animal species which are included in the Red Data Book of Ukriane (animal world) and animal species which are excluded from the Red Data Book of Ukraine (animal world)”, registered in Ministry of Justice of Ukraine with No 627/16643 of 13 July 2009.
In general, numbers of species in the Red Data Book increased from 67 (in the second edition) to 86 (in the third edition). At this no one species was excluyded comparing with the previous edition. As for birds of prey their number was added by 4 species. They are Black Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Short-eared Owl and Scops Owl.
I have to disappoint future readers of the Red Data Book of Ukraine. Similar to previous editions there will be only one page dedicated for each species so it will be rather short information.
Below there is the list of animals which are to be included to the Red Data Book of Ukraine (Falconiformes and Owls): Read the rest of this entry »