Monday, March 4, 2019

A new season of migration monitoring

The project Strait of Messina Bird Observatory is going on and there are several news for this 2019. The first news is that LIPU BirdLife Italy joined the project. The second news is that our observations are financed by the Lipu Uk Delegation, Mava Foundation (for anti-poaching aspects) and Calabria Regional Authority together with a side project of wildlife management to restore a small wetland at the site and setting nest boxes for Peregrine Falcons (POR FESR - FSE 2014/2020). 
The next 15th March we will start the field activity with the raptor count from the continental (calabrian) side of the Strait of Messina. We are going to use two watchpoints simultaneously, one is the same we used since the project has started, the other is located close to the coast. The two points are parellel to each other in respect to the migratory flow. Radar equipment will be used also this year. Another watchpoint  it will be placed in side Sicilian of the Strait of Messina (Dinnammare), for the purpose of predicting poaching in Calabria. We invite volunteers that would like to join our activity to write us an email. Accomodation for volunteers is free. The activity will go on until the 25th of May. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

New papers out now!

In the last weeks three different papers came out, all related to bird migration. You can find titles here following. The first shows the results of a radar research analysing the effect of fog on the intensity of bird migration and it was written in close collaboration with the Flight Animal Group of the University of Haifa and it is published on International Journal of Biometeorology. 
On the other hand, we started to collect data for the paper published on Ornithological Science years ago in the framework of a fieldwork promoted by LIPU-BirdLife Italy. In this paper it is analysed the variation of the flight altitude of honey buzzards facing the open sea during spring migration.
The last paper is a letter on Journal of Raptor Research communicating the amazing observation results of a short survey in Northern Iran where there is an almost unknown migratory bottlenecks of great relevance.

  • Panuccio M., Dell'Omo G., Bogliani G., Catoni C., Sapir N. 2019. Migrating birds avoid flying through fog and low clouds. International Journal of Biometeorology
  • Panuccio M., Gustin M., Lucia G., Bogliani G., Agostini N. 2019. Flight altitude of migrating European Honey Buzzards facing the open sea. Ornithological Science 18: 49-57.
  • Panuccio M., Ghafouri B., Nourani E. 2018. Is the slope between the Alborz Mountains and Caspian Sea in Northern Iran a bottleneck for migrating raptors? Journal of Raptor Research 52(4): 530-533.

Monday, February 4, 2019

New website online!

Our new website is online! Check it now! You will find lot of informations and pics.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Raptor Research Conference, South Africa, November 2018

Last week the Raptor Research Conference was held inside the Kruger National Park in south Africa. It was a great meeting time for raptor biologists coming from many different continents. Particular attention was given to the conservation of Africa vultures but sessions covered almost all of the aspects of raptors ecology, behaviour and conservation. Our network was represented with two talks on the movement ecology of Black kites and of urban Peregrines. Fortunately there was some time for raptor watching.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Autumn 2018 - Another great migratory season!

Another field season ended. This autumn our monitoring was extended to check what happens around mid-October. Numbers of raptors and bee-eaters counted migrating through the Strait of Messina are impressive. 20.000 Honey buzzards, 2700 Marsh harriers, 1700 small falcons, 200 Booted eagles and 13.000 Bee eaters are just some numbers. The main field worker was Michele Cento that has spent longer than 2 months counting birds every day, helped sometime by a few lucky volunteers. See you in spring!  

Thursday, October 11, 2018

News from the Strait of Messina

In the last days hundreds of small falcons passed over our watchpoint at the Strait of Messina located on the Aspromonte mountain. Moreover, each day, a dozen of raptor species is observed even if in low numbers. Among them some scarse species like lesser-spotted eagle and merlin.