Act II is the follow-up project of the Raptors Conservation Action. The project aims to determine the hotspots in the intercity road between Ankara and Kastamonu provinces (Central Anatolia, TURKEY) to prevent roadkills of raptors with road survey and citizen science methods.
According to the outcomes of the 1st round RSG project, the roadkill is one of the most important threats against raptors notably Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) and threatened species like Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) and Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus). In that context, the project wants to achieve proposing and applying conservation and precautionary actions to prevent further cases in the region.
Regular road surveys are the first action of the project in the 100 km part of the intercity road along Ankara, Çankırı and Kastamonu provinces to deepen our knowledge to create conservation plans which are specialized for the region. While doing that, the team continues to treat and rehabilitate the injured raptors in the clinic with coordination and in support of local governmental organizations and universities. Secondly, the project aims to minimize the other threats towards the raptors that have critical roles in the ecosystem as top predators. The project team actively will be in the field for the road surveys, but also continue to monitor the existing and possible new threats against raptors.
Apart from the road surveys, the project focuses on the inclusion of local communities and all other people, which use and interact with the road via citizen science method. The Can Yolu Mobile App is the mobile app which developed for the project to report any roadkills in the intercity road. By this, people are able to send a photo of roadkill and date/location info easily. Additionally, the project continues birdwatching and informative/awareness raising activities with children and young people. We prepare creative contents such as information cards, video and interview series on raptors, raptors guide (will be available on September’21) for children and young people that are accessible through digital platforms. To find out more, please visit the project’s social media accounts.