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II International Scientific and Practical Conference “Eagles of Palearctic: Study and Conservation” – 2nd information letter

Eagles of Palearctic: Study and ConservationRussian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (RRRCN)

MME/Birdlife Hungary

Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology of Russian Academy of Sciences

Shukshin Altai State Humanitarian-Pedagogical University

Darwin State Nature Reserve

Russian Bird Conservation Union

Altai-Sayan Office of the WWF Russia

State Nature Biosphere Reserve “Katunskiy”

State Nature Biosphere Reserve “Altaiskiy”

National park “Saylugemskiy”

National park “Nizhnyaya Kama”

Sibecocenter LLC

with the support of

Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Altai Project, European Union’s LIFE Nature Fund (Pannoneagle LIFE Project LIFE15NAT/HU/000902), Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia, World Around You Foundation of the Siberian Health Corporation and Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Project for the organization of the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Eagles of the Palearctic: study and protection” (project number: 18-44-221001)


are holding


II International Scientific and Practical Conference


Eagles of Palearctic: Study and Conservation


7-10 September 2018


Park-Hotel Lake Aya, Katun vill., Altay Kray, Russia


The aim of the Conference is to discuss the current situation with eagles’ populations, negative factors, research and conservation methods, as well as to elaborate a strategy of protecting the most endangered eagle species.

We invite everyone who work in the field of eagle study and conservation to take part in the conference with oral or poster presentations. Plenary presentations – 20 min, sectional – up to 15 min.

Steering Committee:
Sergey Bakka (chairman of the conference), PhD, National Nature Reserve “Nurgush”, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Keith Bildstein (co-chair of the conference), PhD., Hawk Mountains, USA
Evgeniy Potapov (chairman of the section 1), PhD, Prof., Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania, USA
Marton Horvath (chairman of the section 2), PhD, MME BirdLife Hungary
Pertti Saurola (chairman of the section 3), PhD, Prof., Dr., Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland
Bernd-Ulrich Meyburg (chairman of the section 4), Prof., Dr., NABU, Germany
Ilya Smelyanskiy (chairman of the section 5), Sibecocenter LTD, Novosibirsk, Russia
Todd Katzner (chairman of the section 6), PhD, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, USA
Alexey Kulikov (chairman of the section 7), PhD, Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Moscow, Russia
Vladimir Galushin, PhD, Prof, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia
Nikolay Germogenov, PhD, IBPC SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia
Arkadiy Isaev, PhD, IBPC SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia
Andrey Kuznetsov, PhD, Darwin National Biosphere Reserve, Cherepovets, Russia
Michael McGrady, PhD, International Avian Research, Austria
Vladimir Melnikov, PhD, Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, Russia
Luis Palma, Dr., PhD, CIBIO, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
Matyas Prommer, PhD, Herman Otto Institute, Hungary
Yuriy Ravkin, PhD, prof, ISEA SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia
Alexey Romanov, PhD, prof., Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Nikita Solomonov, PhD, corresponding member of RAS, prof., Ammosov INS NEFU, Yakutsk, Russia
Gabor Sramko, PhD, University of Debrecen, Hungary
Ulo Vali, PhD, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Department of Zoology, Estonia
Simon Hulka, PhD, Natural Research, Scotland, UK

Organization Committee:
Miroslav Babushkin, PhD, Darvin National Biosphere Reserve, Cherepovets, Russia
Roman Bachtin, PhD, Shukshin ASGPU, Biysk, Russia
Anna Barashkova (assistant secretary), Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia
Rinur Bekmansurov, Kazan State University, National Park “Nizhnyaya Kama”, Elabuga, Russia
Sergey Vazhov, PhD, Shukshin ASGPU, Biysk, Russia
Ludmila Zinevich, PhD, Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Moscow, Russia
Igor Karyakin, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia
Ruslan Kirillin, IBPC SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia
Nadezhda Kiseleva, PhD, Nizhegorodskiy State University, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
Elvira Nikolenko (secretary), Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia
Andrey Saltykov, PhD, Russian Bird Conservation Union, Moscow, Russia
Elena Shnayder (assistant secretary), PhD, Sibecocenter LLC, Novosibirsk, Russia

Program outline:

Plenary Session
Section 1. Distribution, population status, ecology and conservation of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelly Eagle (Aquila fasciata), Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles (Aquila clanga, A. pomarina), Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Steller’s Sea Eagle (H. pelagicus), Pallas’s Fish Eagle (H. leucoryphus) and Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus).
Section 2. VIII International Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) work group meeting.
Section 3. I International Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) work group meeting.
Section 4. International workshop “Modern technologies for the study of Eagle’s migrations: telemetry, color ringing and others”.
Section 5. International meeting on conservation of Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis).
Section 6. International workshop “Raptors and Energy Infrastructure”
Section 7. International workshop on population genetics of Birds of Prey.
Master class on the field methods of Eagle study.

On the fourth day of meeting (10th of September), we will have a field trip to the valley of river Kan (Ust-Kan district of Altai Republic) – a place with a highest density of breeding eagles in Altay (Golden, Imperial and Steppe Eagles). At beginning of September – during the first wave of raptor’s migration, we will have a chance to see here Greater Spotted Eagle, White-tailed Eagle and Booted Eagle as well. In the program of the field trip:
- master class on field methods of Eagle study,
- Raptor’s nest spotting competition (4-6 teams on different cars),
- birdwatching.
The field trip to the valley of river Kan is free for all participants of the conference. Participants have to pay only for food during the field trip (see below).

Park-Hotel Lake Aya, address: Nagornaya str., 1, Katun vill., Altay Kray, Russia, 659635, geographical coordinates: N 51.906649, E 85.856183

Work languages
Russian and English (simultaneous translation will be provided).

Important dates:
Proposals for workshop discussions should be sent before March 1, 2018.
Registration Deadline with a Visa support – June 1, 2018, without a Visa support – 1 August, 2018.
The deadline for submission of abstracts – September 1, 2018.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts for publication – November 1, 2018.

The application form and abstracts should be submitted online by clicking the ‘Registration’ >>> link on a website of the Conference, or by sending to the e-mail address of the Conference: (please download a registration form on the link >>>). Sending of abstracts is possible after registration through the same registration form on the site, or at the address of the Conference.

Publishing the conference proceedings
A book of abstracts would be issued for each participant by the beginning of the conference.

Abstracts of oral and poster presentation should match the subject of the conference, be written in Russian and/or English, contain up to 800 words (1 600 words if abstract translated on both languages) including title, authors names, affiliations and e-mails (see example on the conference web-site >>>). All documents must be in doc, docs or rtf formats. Organization committee will provide abstract translation from English to Russian and from Russian to English, but we asked all participants who speak both languages to apply thesis on Russian and English.

Proceedings of the Conference will be published as a special issue of a bilingual scientific journal Raptors Conservation.

Guidelines for the manuscripts are the same as those for contributors of the “Raptors Conservation” journal (see Guidelines). Articles in Russian should be accompanied by an extended English summary and a brief abstract in both languages. Articles in English should be accompanied by a brief abstract in both languages (the translation of the full article into Russian is provided by editors). The contents of tables, and picture captions should be written in both languages. The size of articles is not limited. Related photos are welcome.

Organization committee reserve the right to reject applications.

Registration fee
The registration fee of 20 USD is to be paid at the registration desk. Registration fee includes the printed collection of abstracts, handouts and coffee breaks.

Accommodation and meals
Welcome dinner will be held on the first day of the Conference – participation fee of 40 USD is to be paid at the registration desk.

FAll foreign participants who need a registration after entering Russia (besides citizens of CIS countries) we recommend staying in Park-hotel “Lake Aya” (address: 1 Nagornaya str,. Katun village, Altai Region) where the main conference sessions would be held. Prices vary from 30 to 200 USD per day. To make a reservation please apply to a conference secretary (additional 10% discount is possible for early applications) or book via or directly via hotel administration. Meals should be booked two weeks before arrival: lunch – 12.5 USD, dinner 12.5 USD. Breakfast is included in room price.
There are also a canteen of “Lukomorye” (located in 400 m from Park-hotel “Lake Aya”), which would be happy to provide meals for all participants of the conference despite where they will stay for the common prices: breakfast – 4 USD, lunch – 5.5 USD, dinner – 4.5 USD.

After 1st of August all participants will receive an inquiry from organization committee to choose preferable accommodation, meals and payment method.

Meals during the Ust-Kan field trip. During the field trip on 10th of September meals will include lunchboxes with packed breakfast, lunch in a field, and traditional Altai dinner. The total price for meals is 25 USD.

Transportation from Barnaul, Gorno-Altaisk, and Biysk to Katun village would be organized on September 6–7, and back on September 10–14; from the airport of Novosibirsk to Katun village transportation would be organized on September 5–6, and back on September, 10–15. To be included in the transportation list, please provide the secretary of the conference with your flight details.

Help with tickets booking is offered.

On the other dates it is possible to get to Park-hotel “Lake Aya” by car – from Novosibirsk take an M-52 highway: Novosibirsk – Novoaltaisk (1909 km) – Biysk (150 km) – Maima (81 km) – Aya bridge (17 km) – Park-hotel “Lake Aya” (2 km); or by public transport – by local buses Novosibirsk – Chemal, Barnaul – Chemal, Biysk – Chemal to a bus stop “Aya bridge” (spelling in Russian “Ayskiy most”); or by buses and taxi – buses from Novosibirsk to Barnaul depart every hour from 6 am to 10 pm, from Barnaul to Gorno-Altaisk buses depart every 1,5-2 hours, and from Gorno-Altaisk a taxi price to Park-hotel “Lake Aya” is 6 USD.

Additional field trips
After the conference several additional field trips to the most exciting places of Altai would be organized! We offer you 4 wonderful trips of different duration and difficulty level: (1) Foothills of Altai and Altai pine forests (September 11), (2) Lake Teletskoye in Altai National Nature Reserve (September 11-13), (3) Multinskiye Lakes in National Biosphere Reserve Katunskiy (September 10–13), (4) Nature and culture of Chuya Steppe in National Park “Saylugemskiy” (September 11–14).
Details of the excursions can be found in the PDF-file >>>

The Organizing Committee will consider the possibility to pay travel fee and/or to provide free accommodation and food for individual speakers.

Secretary of the Conference:
Elvira Nikolenko,
Director of the Sibecocenter LLC
cell phone.: +7-923-150-12-79

We would be very grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues!

Download the information letter in PDF >>>

Download the details of the excursions in PDF >>>

Go to the page of the Conference >>>




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