Photo: Dimitar Gradinarov
On 20th of October the Union of hunters and anglers in Bulgaria has organized a seminar, dedicated to the Saker Falcon and the activities of the Life for Falcon project.
Members of the local associations from Stara Zagora, Nova Zagora, Drianovo, Svistov, Boliarovo, Gorna Oriahovica, Kotel, Godech, Triavna, Aytos and Razgrad took part in the seminar as well as students from the Trakia University. They discussed with the environmentalists the opportunities for the raptors conservation.
Anton Stamenov and Dimitar Gradinarov from BSPB told the participants about the current status of the species in Bulgaria and the main threats to it – poisonous baits, poaching, and nest robbing from collectors.
Only two nesting pairs of Saker Falcons live in Bulgarian nature emphasized Hristina Klisurova from Wildlife Breeding Rescue Center at Green Balkans. Another 11 pairs live in organization’s in Stara Zagora and every year they release about 20 individuals from the species in the nature.
The guest of honor was 29 years old Saker Falcon Romeo, who perched calmly at the arm of Rusko Petrov from Green Balkans.
Every participant of the seminar received the Hunter’s Guide – published jointly by BSPB and UHAB.
UAHB was represented by the expert Ljubomir Stefanov and the attorney Maria Kubadinska.
“With the participation of the National organization in this project we hope to contribute to raising the awareness and knowledge about the critical status of the Saker Falon in Bulgaria – told Stefanov. – We count on that the hunters will be cooperative as always to the efforts to the conservation of the species. The hunters take care not just about the hunting species but also for their preservation by the means of feeding and maintaining the habitats, suitable for the wild animals.”