Amur falcons in India report


This 17 April 2017 Conservation India video says about itself:

The Race to Save the Amur Falcon

“In a world where conservation problems usually go from bad to worse, the campaign to save the Amur falcon serves as a beacon of hope. I was so inspired by this story that I wanted to share it with the rest of the world”, says the filmmaker, Shekar Dattatri.

Around a remote reservoir in India’s far northeast, a small team of conservationists discovered something that was both enthralling and alarming. During a biodiversity survey in the winter of 2012, they stumbled upon vast flocks of Amur falcons, the likes of which they had never seen before.

At the same time, they also witnessed local hunters capture and slaughter tens of thousands of the little raptors for consumption and sale. When the horrific story first broke on Conservation India, a frontline partner in the campaign, it caused shock and dismay among conservationists around the world.

Fortunately, thanks to close cooperation between NGOs, local authorities and the local community, the falcons were granted a reprieve, and now enjoy a safe passage through Nagaland during their incredible migration from Russia and China to South Africa. “We are inundated with bad news every day, which makes it even more important that we document and share success stories”, says the filmmaker.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA today:

One Hundred Thousand Falcons Filled the Sky

Join acclaimed author Scott Weidensaul on a journey to northeastern India, where migrating Amur Falcons can be so numerous their flocks look like galaxies in the sky. So abundant that they were once hunted for food, these kestrel-sized raptors are now fueling a nascent ecotourism industry in remote Nagaland, India. Read the full story in Living Bird magazine.

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