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Eurasian Bustard Alliance

Founded in 2005, the Eurasian Bustard Alliance is a non-profit group of researchers devoted to the conservation of bustard species. The Alliance uses Celestron spotting scopes, binoculars, and accessories to observe great bustards on breeding grounds across Central Asia. There, the Eurasian Bustard Alliance carries out work with local partners such as the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia, and Association for Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan in a community context. “The conservation of the Great Bustard is dependent on the communities that co-exist with these magnificent birds,” says project founder and director Dr. Mimi Kessler. “We strive to incorporate local people in all aspects of our work: to engage in two-way knowledge sharing, to give back to the community in terms of employment and educational opportunities, and to engage people in a conversation about conservation.” Eurasian Bustard Alliance works with Celestron to train young Mongolian biologists, and get young people excited about birds and careers in biology through popular educational field trips. 

The group’s research on the Great Bustard has revealed high rates of adult mortality and low rates of reproduction. These alarming findings led the Alliance to work with the Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Tourism to successfully propose increased protections for global populations of Great Bustard under an international agreement, the Convention on Migratory Species. They are now organizing a conference to develop an action plan for the Great Bustard in Asia, which will prioritize conservation activities in each range state.