From September 24th to 30th, a scientific conference dedicated to raptors in the Palearctic region took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Within the conference, meetings of the world’s expert working groups on the conservation of the Imperial Eagle, Steppe Eagle, and Saker Falcon were held.

Representatives from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) presented their work on the research and conservation of the Imperial Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, and anti-poisoning activities in Bulgaria through six reports. Dr. Dimitar Demerdzhiev presented a report related to the status of the Lesser Spotted Eagle population, the results of the species’ diet and habitat research in Bulgaria, and the conservation efforts within the project.

This conference occurs every five years, with the current one also including the Ninth International Conference on Imperial Eagle Conservation and the Second International Meeting on the Steppe Eagle. The event was organized by the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity Research in Kazakhstan in partnership with nine other organizations from Europe and Asia, including Birdlife partners from Hungary and Kazakhstan. More than 150 scientists and experts from 32 countries participated in the conference.