SOS tattoos on rare Saker falcons saved birds’ lives
tattooed the letters S.O.S. onto the base of birds’ beak cere and paw. It is a new
scheme to try and save the rare birds from poachers. These chicks hatched this
spring in Vitasphere, Moscow birds’ nursery. In June ornithologists brought
Saker Falcons to South Siberia and placed them in the nests of wild Saker
Falcons with native chicks. This way, the conservationists have been reviving
the population of the Altai saker falcon since 2017.
Ornithologists know that catchers and poachers that hunt rare saker falcons can easily remove metal ID ring and sell the birds. However, tattoos cannot be removed and the birds’ appearance of a beautiful bird of prey spoiled by a tattoo would prevent sakers and poachers from selling the bird to falconers in the Arab countries.
Volunteers making tattoos on birds' paw
This Autumn, the ornithological team received two messages from Saker falconers in Mongolia. The Arabs caught birds with a ring on their paw and tattoos in Mongolia, they catchers were very surprised and emailed scientists through the contact form on the website of the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, which address was engraved in ID ornithological metal rings of Saker falcons.
This year, WWF Russia filmed the series Adventures of Birds in Russia about the tattoos’ story, chicks being placed in the nests, trekking birds and other episodes of the project. The series will premiere on October 8 on the YouTube channel of WWF Russia:
Yuri Kurochka, a famous director from the Republic of Khakassia, became the film director. He joined the summer expeditions of ornithologists and employees of the WWF Russia. Seven episodes about the saker falcon and steppe eagle conservation project as well as the work of ornithologists will be released on YouTube in October, one series a week.
Adventure of Birds' in Russia Teaser Trailer , Russian
The heroes of the series, both birds and people, are participants of the conservation project to Altai Saker Falcon and the Steppe Eagle that have nesting places in Altai-Sayan ecoregion (Southern Siberia). The project has been implemented since 2017 by the WWF-Russia, the World Around You Foundation of Siberian Wellness, the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network with the participation of volunteers from the Novosibirsk Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center.
Khakassky Nature Reserve, Ubsunur Hollow Nature Reserve, Sailyugemsky national Park Nature Reserve joined the project as partners.
Please, help save rare birds together: https://wwf.ru/sibir