Wednesday, September 21 2022

RIYADH: Two Italian researchers presented new scientific research on falcon conservation at the Saudi International Falcons and Hunting Exhibition, which involves the use of drones to rehabilitate injured birds.

Dr Giovanni Granati and Athena Jitariuc presented their research in a workshop at the event which ran from August 25 to September 3, Globe Newswire reported.

Falcon conservation is in line with Saudi Vision 2030 which aims to conserve wildlife and habitats and ensure that future generations benefit from Saudi Arabia’s rich and unique natural diversity. It also aims to promote ecotourism.

Granati has written several books on training birds of prey as well as falcon racing, hunting, and rehabilitation. His new research highlights how drones can be used for this purpose.

Jitariuc stressed the importance of taking advantage of the latest technologies to protect birds of prey around the world.

The researchers presented the first drone built exclusively for falconry at the exhibition.

The duo also demonstrated a mounted camera used to study the dynamic flight patterns of these birds of prey.

“If we find the support of Arab populations, we could create the first rehabilitation center without the help of confinement cages, where birds of prey are rehabilitated with predation simulations created with the UFO drone until they are completely autonomous. In short, this is an innovative project worth watching,” Jitariuc said.

The exhibition also included an international and local art gallery, a photography competition, a museum and a falcon auction.


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