CBCGDF Calls on the Public to Participate in the Rescue of 75 Falcons and Great Bustards
2021/1/6 15:49:00 本站

In a multinational anti-poaching operation led by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey in October 2020, 74 different falcons and 1 Chlamydotis undulata were seized in Pakistan. At present, these confiscated birds of prey are being concentrated in the isolation area of Pakistan Customs and relevant government departments for quarantine, rehabilitation and wilding training. These falcons, including saker, peregrine falcon, Barbary Falcon, and Falco jugger, are receiving treatment and rehabilitation training from British raptor rescue experts, and will be released into nature in batches and locations from the end of January to the end of February 2021.


On January 5, 2021, the CBCGDF, Let the Migratory Birds Fly team, and Dali Eagle Craftsman Raptor Conservation Center jointly held a remote meeting to discuss the specific work and deployment of China’s participation in this international anti-poaching rescue operation.


The Eagle Craftsman Raptor Conservation Center of Dali has been carrying out public welfare activities to rescue birds of prey for a long time and became an official member of IAF in 2019. It is also the first organization to obtain information about these 75 birds rescued by Pakistan from IAF.


The director of the center, Lu Wen, introduced the status of the birds that have been contained and rescued at the meeting: Currently, 24 falcons are in good recovery condition and can be released to nature in early February. Before being released to nature, installing trackers for these birds is an important task, which is of great significance for strengthening the investigation of the migration routes, breeding and habitat protection of these species.


However, COVID-19 is still spreading around the world, making this operation more difficult and more uncertain. In this case, we will formulate scientific and reasonable plans and carry out practical and effective actions based on the development and prevention and control of the pandemic situation at home and abroad.


Ideally, we will promote Chinese professional rescuers, funds and equipment (that is, global positioning trackers for individual birds) to go to Pakistan to participate in on-site bird care, domestication, training, and physical fitness assessment before wild release, selection of wild habitats, placement of trackers, etc., while ensuring that the funds raised are used for the prescribed purposes.


If due to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons, it is difficult for domestic personnel to leave the country, China and Pakistan will communicate virtually to do their best to improve the effectiveness of the rescue, and to ensure that the funds and equipment raised can arrive smoothly and be used properly.


In the follow-up work of the Raptor rescue, Pakistan is responsible for providing shelter, rescue, training and other venues, the United Kingdom is responsible for medical treatment and rehabilitation, and China is responsible for the training evaluation before the field release and the expenses of equipment and transportation afterwards.


In the rescue of wild animals, keeping the animals alive is the most preliminary and basic requirement. Release in the wild and follow-up are an important continuation and part of the rescue work, as well as the focus of this virtual meeting. In the next three years, the collection of this tracking information is an important research material for understanding the living habits of these falcons, their choice of habitat, and their relationship with biodiversity.


After discussing the basic situation, Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) immediately decided: CBCGDF fully supports! Focus on helping to solve the following three difficulties:


1. Solve the difficulty of rescue funding. Assisted by the CBCGDF project department, give full play to the help of social love, give full play to the role of CBCGDF as a national public welfare foundation, and carry out the rescue of international wildlife. The CBCGDF project department has a successful precedent in this regard.


2. Organize and convene international conferences. Comprehensively negotiate with the relevant rescuers in Pakistan, connect with rescue work, and grasp the latest situation in real time.


3. Coordinate relevant departments and institutions to participate in this transnational wildlife assistance work and provide vivid materials for the CBD COP15 in China.


Under this premise, everyone determined the action plan at the meeting: PLAN A-Fully promote Chinese rescuers to Pakistan to participate in on-site rescue and tracker installation; PLAN B-If it is difficult to leave the country, the rescue agencies of China and Pakistan coordinate to carry out relevant rescue work at the border.


Assembly call: Scientists, companies, media, the public, etc. are welcome to participate


"This rescue plan uses the domestically-made Beidou tracker for data tracking, which is of great significance for the application of domestically-made technology in wildlife rescue. At the same time, this is also a transnational rescue. Wild animals, especially migratory species, have no nationality. There will be more and more transnational rescues in the future. This rescue is also an effective attempt for everyone in international cooperation. It is also a demonstration of the friendship between China and Pakistan. "Zhou Jinfeng said.


The rescue of these 75 falcons and great bustards is the beginning of the friendly exchange between China and Pakistan in 2021, and it is also a gathering! The CBCGDF project department welcomes the participation of all sectors of society: scientists are welcome to give guidance on rescue and release in the wild, enterprises and the public are welcome to support, and media reports are welcome.

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By / Maggie





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