For the first time a falcon from the nursery, adopted by wild Saker Falcons, returned to Russia after winter migration
The first Altai Saker Falcon since 2017, hatched in captivity, but raised in the nests of wild Saker Falcons of Southern Siberia, returned to Russia after winter migration. A falcon named Charmander is a participant in a unique project for the revival of Altai Saker falcons in Russia. Last Autumn the bird successfully migrated for the winter, spent 6 months in the southeast of Kazakhstan, and in May he returned safe and sound to Siberia, to the places where he grew up.
A year ago, WWF experts claimed that Altai Saker falcon restoration project can be called successful when the first falcons, which were born in captivity, but raised in the nests of wild falcons, return to Russia, to their homeland from their wintering grounds. These birds will themselves create families and give birth to new offspring, replenishing the number of the rare species of birds of prey.
The ornithologists will continue to monitor Charmander’s migration in Russia. A GPS/GSM tracker, placed on the back of a bird, tells scientists of the coordinates of a place once a day.
The excitement of the scientists about Charmander arriaval back to Russia becomes clear when you track the fates of the other Saker falcons tagged by GPS/GSM transmitters within the projects’ frames. Of the 32 falcons tagged by GPS trackers since 2017:
• 9 were caught by poachers,
• 9 killed by other predators,
• 5 died on power lines from electric shock,
• 6 disappeared from communications and their fate is unknown.
Only 3 Saker Falcons (2 native and 1 nursery bird) survived. The tracking results confirm the seriousness of the threats to the Saker falcon both in Russia and along the migration routes.