Abu Dhabi’s efforts
For more than 20 years, EAD has been undertaking research and conservation efforts on breeding and migratory birds. EAD has undertaken extensive studies on the Saker ecology and movement in Mongolia and other parts of its range. Its effort to provide 5,000 artificial nesting sites in the Mongolian grasslands created new breeding opportunities for Saker Falcons in areas where natural nesting sites were scarce, with hundreds of pairs producing thousands of fledglings each year from the nests provided. In 1996, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the UAE, set up The Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Programme, which has since helped more than 1,000 individuals return to the wild. A Saker Global Action Plan (GAP) has been developed by CMS Raptors Unit in Abu Dhabi.