Article by Anna Sandor, Johannes Jansen &Wouter M Vansteelant
Every autumn in Georgia, more than one million birds of prey migrate through the Batumi raptor-migration bottleneck, between the east coast of the Black sea and the foothills of the Lesser Caucasus. In cloudy and, especially, rainy weather, raptors fly low and become easy targets for local hunters that await the birds from hides and other strategic locations. Although the autumn hunting of raptors has long been widespread in the region, conservationists still have only limited understanding of the underlying reasons for its popularity, and of its impact on raptor populations.
This research can help Ajara region (southwest Georgia) and Georgia to lead by example in the conservation of raptors that migrate along the Black sea coast and in the eastern Mediterranean flyway.
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