Eurasian Bustard Alliance (EBA) is a collaborative group that brings together scientists and conservation actors to advance the conservation of bustard species in north Eurasia, broadly defined from the Caspian Sea to Korea. We investigate the ecology of bustards, develop conservation policy, and promote the sustainable use of the steppe landscapes upon which bustards depend. We launched our first programs in Kazakhstan and Mongolia in 2006 focused on the Great Bustard.
We design our projects around the following principles:
- Use research methods which minimize stress and disturbance to wildlife and the environment
- Translate research findings into effective conservation action by developing solutions relevant to the local context
- Work within a community context, integrating community members into research and conservation activities
- Use multiple modalities to raise awareness of threats facing bustards and grasslands
- Learn from local people and share our findings with the community
- Build local conservation capacity and support young researchers
We are interested in broadening the scope of our work. For inquiries about collaboration, email email@example.com.
Project Director, Dr. Mimi Kessler
Mongolian Wildlife Science and Conservation Center (WSCC)
Founded in 2004, the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia (WSCC) is the country’s leading non-profit ornithological research organization. WSCC aims to contribute to the conservation and understanding of Mongolia’s wildlife and natural environment thorough science-based conservation activities and public education. WSCC is involved in the conservation of Great Bustards and Asian Houbara and an EBA partner since 2006.
North Mongolian Long-term Field Team
Our long-term field research team in northern Mongolia is composed of local residents and master’s students, who are logistically, financially, and academically supported by Eurasian Bustard Alliance. Key team members include:
Association for Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK)
Founded in 2004, ACBK is a non-governmental organization engaged in biodiversity research and conservation across Kazakhstan. ACBK strives towards the sustainable conservation of the natural world, via scientific research, partnerships with national and international organizations, support of local initiatives and training personnel to take on conservation challenges. EBA began collaboration with ACBK in 2006.
Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds
Eurasian Bustard Alliance and the Uzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds are training a young scientist and conducting research at important bustard overwintering spots in northeastern Uzbekistan.
Dr. Chris Smith’s Laboratory at Willamette University uses molecular biology and population genetic tools to investigate issues of co-evolution, speciation and adaptive radiation. The laboratory partners with EBA on bustard population genetic research.
Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC)
Dr. Mimi Kessler is a Research Associate with NRCC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Jackson, Wyoming.