From 12 till 15 of October the International Saker Falcon Conference within Life for Falcons project was held in Stara Zagora. It was organized by Green Balkans and BSPB as part of the activities within the project, funded by EU’s LIFE Programme.

Over 50 participants from different countries took part in the conference amongst them Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, China, UAE, etc.

During the initial two days of the conference there were 30 presentations and 7 round tables on different topics – from the direct conservation activities to research and field activities to genetic research of the separate populations and comparative analysis of the results. We proudly announce that two of the presentations were held by veterinary medicine students from the Thracian University, who are Green Balkans volunteers.

Third day of the event was dedicated to a filed trip. First, our guests visited the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center where they got acquainted with the work towards the returning of the species and visited the facilities of the Center. 

Books of Abstracts

In this section you can download the Book of Abstracts from the Conference.

Book of Abstracts

Presentations from Day 2

Here you will find the participants' presentations from the second day of the Conference.

Sacer Falcon conservation in Mongolia – Dixon et al.
An adaptive Management Framework  concept for the sustainable use of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) – Kovacs et al.
Habitat requirements in nest site selection for Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug)  in South-Eastern Romania – Veres-Szaszka et al.
Conservation genomics of Panninian and Tuvian sakers, with an outlook on the origin of Altai Saker – Gabor Sramko
Occupancy of artificial and natural nests on high voltage power lines in Bulgaria – Stamenov et al.
The use of Technology in the Conservation of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Bulgaria – Klisurov et al. 
Pigeon fanciers vs. Raptors: Preliminary Conflict Analysis in Bulgaria – Nikolov et al. 
Diet of breeding Saker Falcons  (Falco cherrug) in Western Romania – Hegyeli et al.
Moult of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in captivity, Saudi Arabia – Al Rashidi and Shobrak 
Causes of morbidity and mortality in captive Saker Falcons in Bulgaira – Petrov et al.
Computed tomography and tree-dimensional printing in wild and exotic animal's medicine: past, present and future –  Chaprazov and Slavcheva
Land acquisition as a tool of conservation – Spasov 
Novel in-situ observation on the diel surface activity and diet composition of the Romanian hamster, Mesocricetus newtonii (Nehring, 1898) – Gavril et al.
Results of a multidisciplinary study of conservation translocations of European ground squirrel (Spermophilius citellus) in Bulgaria – Koshev et al.
Conservation activities of the Romanian hamster (Mesocricetus newtonii) in Bulgaria – Gensuzov et al.

Presentations from Day 1

Here you will find the participants' presentations from the first day of the Conference.

Status of the Saker Falcon in Bulgaria – Arkumarev et al.
Demography, ecology and threats of the European polulation of Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug Gray, 1834) in the period 2012–2022 –  Prommer
Status of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Hungary between 1980 and 2022 –  Bagyura et al.
The Saker Falcon in Southern Romania – Fantana et al.
Population monitoring of breeding Saker Falcons (Falco cherrug) in Western Romania –  Hegyeli et al.
Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in the Czech Republic in 2011–2023 – Shkorpikova et al. 
Update of the state of the Saker Falcon Falco cherrug in Armenia – Aghababyan et al.
The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) – an endangered and concealed species in Turkey – Sinav et al.
Status and conservation of Saker Falcon in the Republic of Moldova – Ajdre et al.
Ex situ breeding, genetic specifications and reintroduction of the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) in Bulgaira – Petrov et al.
Saving raptros in Mongolia: country-scale retrofitting of insulation to reduce avian electrocution at power lines – Dixon et al.
Falconers working  against electrocution of birds as a threat to birds of prey – Janusz Sielicky 
Tackling illegal use of poison and other wildlife crimes in Bulgaria – Arkumarev et al.
Threats to falcons in Turkiye. Cases of illegal activities and prevention – Aktay-Sözüer et al.
Mitigation measures to reduce electroction of Saker Falcon and other globally threatened birds in Bulgaria –  Spasov