Trends in Arctic falcon populations: a preliminary overview for Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme

Alastair Franke, Falk Knud, Søren Møller, Kurt Burnham, Carol McIntyre, Olafur K. Nielsen, Tuomo Olilla, Jason Taylor, Tom Christensen

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    Original languageEnglish
    Publication dateSep 2017
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
    Event4th International Peregrine Conference - Herman Otto Institute, Budapest, Hungary
    Duration: 27 Sep 20171 Oct 2017
    Conference number: 4
    http://www.peregrinus.pl/en/peregrine-conference-budapest-2017

    Conference

    Conference4th International Peregrine Conference
    Number4
    LocationHerman Otto Institute
    CountryHungary
    CityBudapest
    Period27/09/201701/10/2017
    OtherThe Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus is an icon of success in nature conservation.<br/><br/>In many countries Peregrine populations are in favourable conservation status, even better than before the major declines that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. In many countries there are ongoing projects involving reintroduction and management of the wild populations, in others such projects have now ended successfully. However, there still remains the challenging task to re-establish the tree-nesting population in central Europe.<br/><br/>The organisers of the Budapest Conference have the honour to announce Professor Tom Cade as a member of the Scientific Committee and welcome his generous proposal to count the next year's Conference in line with the Madison (1965), Sacramento (1985) and Poznan (2007) Conferences, making it the 4th International Conference to be dedicated to the Peregrine Falcon.<br/><br/>Peregrine studies are routinely presented at ornithological conferences, but as one of many other issues. This Conference will bring together experts and researchers from around the world to present the extensive range of Peregrine research that has been carried out over the last ten years.<br/><br/>The first such conference took place in 1965 in Madison, and was successful not only in highlighting the effects of organochlorines on Peregrine populations, but also in bringing a diverse audience together with the common purpose of restoring this species' fortunes. As Cade et al. (1988)* state "As the most cosmopolitan naturally-distributed bird in the world, and as a top predator in the global ecosystem, the Peregrine was and is a unique biological monitor of the quality of the world's environments. Long known as the bird of kings, the Peregrine's preeminent position in falconry and its embodiment of nobility in the wild helped rally to the cause of biological conservation an extraordinary array of individuals and organizations." <br/><br/>* "Peregrine falcon populations: their management and recovery", Edited by T.C.Cade, J.H.Enderson, C.G.Thelander and C.M.White, The Peregrine Fund, 1988.<br/><br/>The 1985 Conference in Sacramento, USA, gathered an enormous number (circa 500) specialists from all over the world. They concluded that modern techniques of breeding and reintroduction, together with a ban on DDT, would allow recovery of many Peregrine populations. <br/><br/>A smaller regional conference was held in1994 in Włocławek, Poland (proceedings in Acta Ornithologica, Vol. 30, No 1, 1995, see on the web).<br/><br/>The 2007 Conference in Poland (proceedings published in "Peregrine Falcon populations – status and perspectives in the 21st century", see on the web) confirmed the recovery of many Peregrine populations around the world and positive growth of many others. <br/><br/>Now, a decade after the Poznan Conference, the global status of the Peregrine has improved significantly. And to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Peregrine returning to breed in Hungary, the 4th International Peregrine Conference is to be held in Budapest.<br/><br/>This Conference offers a unique opportunity for Peregrine enthusiasts from all over the world to meet up to renew old acquaintances, make new friends and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas. It will be an international celebration of this truly spectacular and cosmopolitan bird for prey.<br/>
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    Franke, A., Knud, F., Møller, S., Burnham, K., McIntyre, C., Nielsen, O. K., Olilla, T., Taylor, J., & Christensen, T. (2017). Trends in Arctic falcon populations: a preliminary overview for Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme. Paper presented at 4th International Peregrine Conference, Budapest, Hungary.