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Where are the juvenile eagles?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:48 Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 May 2012 15:44

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As already mentioned in the previous articles, in the first two-three years of their life, until they reach sexual maturity, the juvenile birds do not usually return to the areas where they were born (http://www.pomarina.ro/RO/blog-migraie/141-nouti-din-migraia-de-primvar). Nevertheless, some birds do not remain on their wintering grounds in south-eastern Africa but they set to the North in spring, although they do not necessarily get to the places where they were born.

 

Winners of the comics script contest

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:08 Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 May 2012 08:51

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Last year our project started an educational comics series posted on our project website. During the five episodes created so far people could watch the adventures of the two main eagles characters, the General and the Kid, during their autumn migration to Africa, while wintering in Africa and on their way back home from the spring migration. Next we will show the eagles activity in our country, between April and September. The purpose of this comics series is to illustrate the life of the lesser spotted eagles in a less academic manner, which is more accessible to the large public, especially to teenagers and children.

 

Pioneering activities for the conservation of Lesser Spotted Eagle

Last Updated on Friday, 11 May 2012 07:32 Written by Administrator Friday, 11 May 2012 07:08

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Insulating the medium voltage pylons to protect the birds in Central Transylvania

In 2011 the LIFE Project “Conservation of Aquila Pomarina in Romania” started to implement new concrete activities for the conservation of the species; among them, the insulation of the medium voltage power lines which are dangerous for the birds.

The electrocution caused by the medium voltage power lines is the major cause of death of the European raptor birds. Nationally, hundreds of birds die of electrocution annually in Transylvania alone.

Before the actual insulation of the poles we organized an ample operation of identification of the problematic pillars. The checking of the medium voltage pillars and the identification of those causing the death by electrocution of various bird species, including the lesser spotted eagle is important for ensuring the implementation of one of the concrete conservation activities of the project, i.e. the insulation of pillars.

During the two project years, the project team went on several field trips to check the medium voltage networks. In the three key project sites located in Central Transylvania in the counties of Sibiu, Brașov, Mureș and Harghita, the members of the three project partners together with approximately 50 volunteers inspected 4835 pillars adding up to 273 km of power lines.

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The study showed that the most affected species of raptor birds are: the common buzzard, the common kestrel, the tawny owl, the ural owl, the long-eared owl and the little owl. Other bird species which fall victims of medium voltage pillar electrocution are: the white stork, the magpie, the hooded crow, the jay, the raven and so on. On the date of the lines inspection the team identified 554 electrocuted birds which fell victims of the killer pillars (see Photo 1).

Photo1. Bodies of dead birds collected by the project team during the field work

 

 

In May we celebrate 20 years of LIFE!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:48 Written by Administrator Wednesday, 09 May 2012 07:40

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On 21 May 2012 the LIFE Program of the European Union is celebrating 20 years of existence. The LIFE Regulation entered into force on 21 May 1992 and it became the legal basis for the launching of the LIFE Project, the European Union financial instrument for environment. To mark this auspicious occasion, more than 20 events celebrating the 20 years of LIFE Program will be held throughout the month of May. The events shall be organized by the ongoing or closed LIFE projects. The dissemination events (innovative and fun) vary from “LIFE Easter Camps for Children” in Spain to a “Regional Flower Fair” in Greece, a “Moonlight Frogs Concert” in Germany to field trips designed for children to observe birds in various special protection areas from Romania.

Moreover, a special one day event dedicated to nature, organized in Jutland (Denmark) on 21 May will mark both the anniversary of 20 years of LIFE and the celebration of the EU Habitats Directive and of the Natura 2000 network. For details about these event and information about all the other over 300 events organized by the LIFE projects, access LIFE 20th anniversary calendar.

 

4 of the 5 A. pomarina adults monitored with satellite transmitters have arrived

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:23 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:20

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Four of the five A. pomarina monitored with satellite transmitters by the LIFE project have arrived well in the nesting areas from the three main Natura 2000 project sites.

The first was Narcis who arrived on 3 April in the nesting area from the Piemontul Făgăraș SPA. About one week later he was followed by Benjamin who returned to his nest from the Podișul Hârtibaciului SPA on 9 April. Bunget, the third adult arrived on 10 April is nesting in the Piemontul Făgăraș SPA and Darász, the last to arrive home on 11 April, was equipped with a satellite transmitter in 2011 in the Dealurile Târnavelor-Valea Nirajului SPA.

 

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