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Organizers pose for a photo during the event. Photo courtesy of SAMAHAN Creative Team.

Davao hosts int’l raptor conference

Aiming to share their respective scientific studies on raptors, researchers from different countries along the Asian Continental and Oceanic flyways from as far north as Mongolia and east as India converged during the 10th Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network (ARRCN) Symposium.

With the theme “Renewing Raptor-People Ties through Community Based Initiatives,” the ARRCN was a two-day symposium which was held last Oct. 19-20, 2017 at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) in Davao City, with Philippine Eagle Foundation, AdDU, Department of Tourism, and City Government of Davao co-organizing the event.

The mission of the conference focused on “the exchange of information among its members, to coordinate research on both resident and migratory species, and through training, education and improved public awareness to promote the conservation of raptors.” Raptors are a group of predatory birds that include eagles, hawks, harriers, falcons, among others.

Shakeel Ahmed from United Arab Emirates shared his experience as one of the speakers on Population Dynamics during the concurrent sessions with his research entitled “Winter distribution of Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) in Abu Dhabi and its population trend at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in the United Arab Emirates.”

“The event was strictly fantastic because UAE was not participating for the last many years, but I started initially to take part,” Ahmed told Atenews right after his presentation of his study during the second day of concurrent sessions.

The concurrent sessions were the main part of the symposium wherein researchers presented their scientific studies on raptors and it lasted for two days. Each day, the sessions had three different topics with each having seven papers being presented.

The 9th ARRCN Symposium was held last Oct. 21-25, 2015 in Chumphon, Thailand.

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