Tripartite Cooperation Proceeds Smoothly: CBCGDF, IAF and Relevant Party in Pakistan Discussed the Field Release of the Falcons
2021/1/19 17:38:00 本站

In a multinational anti-poaching operation led by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) 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, and will be released into nature in batches and locations from the end of January to the end of February 2021.


On January 14, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) and IAF, and the local animal protection organization in Pakistan held an online video conference. The relevant details of cooperation and transnational field release were discussed. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF, Gary Timbrell, CEO to IAF and Kamran Khan, representative of the animal protection organization of Pakistan, and Lu Wen, director of Dali Eagle Craftsman Raptor Conservation Center and others attended the video conference. Participants conducted basic discussions on the current basic situation of the falcons and the follow-up work plan.


Mr. Gary Timbrell first introduced IAF. He said that the conservation culture should not only focus on the practical skills of animal communication, but also protect the birds of prey and their prey by protecting their natural habitats. Mr. Janusz Sielicki, IAF Vice-president talked about the relationship between IAF, IUCN and CITES, and the importance of restorative training for falcons. He is very concerned about the issue of how the sender receives the information, and how to keep the information confidential to prevent poachers from obtaining the information and other issues, and suggests that follow-up plans should be formulated for these issues.


Kamran Khan from Pakistan described the situation of these 75 falcons. At present, Pakistan has set up a temporary shelter on the spot and is taking care of these birds of prey. The time for release is approaching, and it is best to divide them into three or four batches for release back to their habitats.


This activity will involve cooperation from Russia/Middle East and other places and requires specialized equipment. It will be carried out on the border between China and Pakistan on the basis of China-Pakistan cooperation. Due to the impact of COVID-19 at this stage, it may be difficult for the Chinese side to go to Pakistan for field operations, but the field release work can be shared with the Chinese side by the participating staff on video.


Director Lu Wen introduced the Beidou tracking equipment currently in use. The data transmission frequency of the device can be real-time upload, or it can be transmitted four times a day to save energy. The positioning accuracy can reach 1 meter. He also shared the experience of how to wear a transmitter for the falcon so as not to harm the raptor, as well as the precautions for releasing the raptor wearing the device in the wild. For example, improper wearing of the equipment has caused problems such as feathers covering the solar panels and causing abrasions on skin contact points. He suggested that the equipment should be installed 7 to 10 days in advance to see in advance whether the falcons are suitable for the equipment being tested.


Dr. Zhou Jinfeng introduced the CBCGDF. He said, "We are one of the major bird protection centers in China and can provide great support for the rescue of birds of prey. We are happy to participate in this project."


After summarizing and exchanging opinions, all the participants decided to further build a cooperative relationship and discuss the details of the wild release plan. Hope these 75 vigorous creatures can return to nature as soon as possible.

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By / Maggie