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Tadehara, Yozora – Ranging behavior of breeding Saker Falcons in relation to phases of the nesting cycle & comparison of breeding success between artificial and natural nesting areas in central Mongolia

Tadehara with saker falconThis study is part of a larger research project, which is designed to provide information on the movements and breeding success of Saker Falcons (Falco cherrug) and to study the population genetics and population recruitment across Mongolia.  The main objectives of this research are to first, determine the home range according to breeding stages in the Mongolian steppe.  Specifically, comparing home range size and overlap between neighbouring adult birds for different stages of the breeding cycle.  Second, estimating breeding success of artificial and natural nesting areas and comparing the results. This study will yield important information concerning the conservation and management of this endangered species. 

Conservation and project efforts are jointly implemented by the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the International Wildlife Consultants Ltd., UK, with the support of the Ministry of Nature and Environment of Mongolia and funding from the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  Research analysis is also supported by the Raptor Research Center, USA, and the Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, USA.