Raptor Research Foundation

2023 Wings to Fly Awardees Announced

2023 Wings to Fly Awardees Announced

We are proud to announce this year’s cohort of raptor researchers who will receive travel support to attend our annual meeting in Albuquerque. After reviewing many compelling applications, the “W2F” committee chose five recipients for the second year of this program. The awardees come from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean region.

Caroline Grace Hannweg, from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, will report on effects of thermal factors on the spatial ecology of a critically endangered African vulture.

Sangeeth Sailas, from the Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic, will discuss research on the provisioning rates and prey composition of a declining predator, the Little Owl, in contrasting European farmlands.

Malyasri Bhattacharya, from the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, will present a paper entitled “Conserving a globally threatened scavenger: Habitat requirements and threats to nesting colonies of White-rumped Vultures from Himachal Pradesh, India.”

Matias Juhant, a Ph.D. student at the Instituto de Bio y Geociencias del Noroeste Argentino (CONICET), will discuss his work on developing a macro-theoretical framework to analyze the biology of raptors.

Isamar M. Flores-Rodríguez, representing the Caribbean region, will present a paper entitled “The rise and demise of tropical island raptors: The post-hurricane occupancy shift of the endangered and endemic Puerto Rican Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus brunnescens) and generalist Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).”

Batbayar Bold, from the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia, who had to defer his Wings to Fly travel from last year, will report on the home range of breeding Saker Falcons in Mongolia.