Japan goshawk downlisting; World Falconry Day 2017; UNESCO celebrations in Germany; Opočno meeting; David Shepherd remembered; русскоязычное пособие по содержанию хищных птиц
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IAF eBulletin October 2017

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Japanese Goshawk No Longer 'Endangered'

Dr. Keiya Nakajima, IAF Vice-president for Asia, writes:

On 21st September the Environment Ministry of the Government of Japan announced that the northern goshawk has been removed from the list of Endangered Species in Japan, under the Law for the Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The Japanese Red List category for the Northern Goshawk has been changed from 'Vulnerable' (2006) to 'Near Threatened' (2017).

This is great news, indicating that the population has increased and is continuing to do so.

Traditional Japanese falconry depended on a sustainable wild harvest of Japanese goshawks, but a renewed harvest will not be sustainable for some time yet. The Japanese Goshawk is still protected by the Wildlife Protection and Hunting Management Law.

This downlisting clears the first hurdle towards the use of wild goshawks for falconry by authorised people in the future.

16th November: World Falconry Day

World Falconry Day will be celebrated again this year under the theme of 'Learning and teaching: passing on our cultural heritage'.

The event was first celebrated in 2013. The chosen date of 16 November is the anniversary of the recognition of falconry by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

This year the focus is on young people, and the Festival of Falconry later this year has been inspired by a message of present and future falconry.

You should already have received a special eBulletin about World Falconry Day, with more details about the day and how you can be involved.

Events will be held around the world. If you are organising something, please let us know on Facebook, or via email to wfd@iaf.org.

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Feast of Falconry at Schloss Sondershausen

On Saturday 29 July, members of the Association of German Falconers (the Verband Deutscher Falkner – VDF) their families, as well as various honorary guests and friends of falconry, met at Schloss Sondershausen to celebrate the addition of German falconry to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

German falconry was inscribed on the UNESCO list on 1 December 2016. The proposal was prepared jointly by three clubs, all members of the IAF: the Deutscher Falkenorden (DFO), Orden Deutscher Falkoniere (ODF) and the VDF.

The festivities opened with a reception hosted by VDF chair Torsten Hamberger, which was followed by a ceremony in the Blue Hall of the palace, where the CEO of the VDF, Steffen Baumbach, welcomed the guests, members and friends of the VDF, as well as the gathered media. The festive setting of the Blue Hall was further enhanced musically by the hunting hornblower group Heimsheim.

Greetings were given from the city of Sondershausen by Dr Kietzer; from the representatives of the regional hunting organisations of Sachsen-Anhalt by Mr Hartung, Thuringia by Mr Böttcher and North-Rhine Westphalia by Mr Schulze Thier; from the Thuringia Ministry of Infrastructure and Nature by Secretary of State Dr Suhl; from the IAF by Vice-president Sielicki; and from the DFO and ODF by Mr. Hewicker.

The welcomes were followed by speeches from former chair of the VDF Karl-Heinz Böttcher and from Torsten Hamberger. In the course of his speech, Mr Hamberger presented Mr Hewicker with a gift, in gratitude and appreciation for his special performance in his efforts to have falconry in Germany recognised as a cultural heritage.

As the highlight of the meeting, the chairs of the three German falconry groups unveiled the UNESCO certificate, which was first presented on 10 June by Dr Ringbeck, active as coordinator of the Cultural Conventions of UNESCO in the German Foreign Office.

Janusz Sielicki, IAF Vice-president for Europe, Africa and Oceania, underlined the importance of Germany in European falconry; the special role of De Arte Venandi Cum Avibus for Western falconry, being a bridge between the cultures of the Western and Arab world.

He also recalled how German-Polish relations, in the past, also involved falconry, and how this has been true right up to the present day, as modern falconry in Poland started with falconry courses in what was then East Germany, and the traditional system of training, including apprenticeship, exams and courses, has been implemented in Poland since then. 

He also mentioned that in near future the IAF will establish its own European Foundation, and is working on Falconry European Cultural Routes, in which Germany should be well represented. 

Official proceedings were followed by tours of the castle. The wonderful weather and pleasant atmosphere lasted until late into the evening, with guests continuing celebrations and discussions on the castle terrace and in the restaurant.

First IAF European Meeting Held in Opočno, Czech Republic

On 13th October several representatives of European IAF member organisations met in the historical venue of Opočno Castle, during the Czech Falconers' Club 50th Anniversary Fieldmeet.

The meeting was highly productive, addressing a number of issues of particular importance to European falconers and falconry. Minutes will be shared with all Delegates and Club Representatives by email in due course.

David Shepherd CBE, 1931-2017

The death has been announced of David Shepherd, CBE. The wildlife artist and conservationist was particularly well known for his paintings of African elephants, and used the proceeds from the sale of his art to help fight the decline of many iconic endangered species.

He established a foundation in 1984 which continues this effort around the world. You can read more about his life on the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation website.

Photo: Becky Thomas

Бесплатное онлайн учебно-методическое пособие о содержании хищных птиц

Первую русскоязычную книга по содержанию хищных птиц теперь можно прочитать ​​бесплатно онлайн. Хищные птицы: Диагностика, лечение и профилактика заболеваний, методы содержания: учебно-методическое пособие, Б.Ф. Бессарабов и В.А. Остапенко, опубликованная в 2011 году, представляет собой полное пособие с фотографиями и иллюстрациями.

Профессор Остапенко бесплатно предоставил книгу на своем веб-сайте - чрезвычайно важный ресурс для русскоязычных сокольников, тех, кто занимается охраной природы и реабилитацией.

[Raptor Husbandry Manual Available Free Online

The first Russian-language book on raptor husbandry has been made available for free online. B.F. Bessarabov and  V.A. Ostapenko's Birds of Prey: Diagnostics, Treatment and Profilaxis of Diseases, and Methods of Husbandrypublished in 2011, is an exhaustive textbook packed with photographs and illustrations.

Professor Ostapenko has now made the book available on his website for free. This is an important resource for Russian-speaking falconers, conservationists and rehabbers.]

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