Over the years we have always carried out wild population studies and our staff have studied a wide variety of raptor species in many countries. At this time we are working on an ongoing project in Siberia studying the Eastern Imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca).
Imperial Eagle conservation project
Expedition Siberia 2017 - Breeding population survey.
We are currently fundraising for an expedition to survey the breeding population of Imperial eagles in Southern Siberia. 2017 is the tenth anniversary of our Imperial eagle conservation project and we feel it will be a great way to gauge how the population in our survey area has faired over that period. We are very pleased to be collaborating with the same project partners in Russia as we did in our first year and we look forward to the results for 2017. If you can help in any way with funding for this important survey year, please contact us.
Expedition China 2013 - wintering population survey.
At the time of the 2007 expedition to Siberia, there did not appear to be any major changes in the breeding habitat and conditions for this species. Therefor the severe decline in population numbers in recent years would suggest that unknown contributing factors outwith the breeding range are the cause. Imperial eagles in the Irkutsk region of Siberia migrate south for the winter each year and a previous satellite tracking project (V.V. Ryabtsev) has shown that they over-winter in southern and central China and in Burma. In 2013 we carried out an international expedition to China to study conditions for wintering Imperial eagles. This expedition also conducted surveys of habitats, prey populations and potential human/eagle conflict situations.
Expedition Siberia 2007 - breeding population survey.
In 2007 IRRC embarked upon a collaboration with V.V. Ryabtsev of the PreBaikalsky national park to survey Imperial eagles in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. Following the results of data collected during the 2007 survey as well as previous studies by V.V. Ryabtsev including the use of satellite telemetry, we intend carrying out a study of Imperial eagles in their wintering grounds in southern China. The main aim of this study will be to determine causes of fatalities among wintering eagles in the region.
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