Monthly Archives: May 2006

White Storks with coloured ELSA ring

Members of the Milvus Group are ringing White Storks fledglings with coloured ELSA rings (http://www.orn.mpg.de/~vwrado/templates/en/elsa.html) since 2002, the ringing is coordinated by Ferenc Kósa (fkosa@ciconia.ro). Most of the ringing has been done in two areas: – in Mures county (in Dumbravioara, Glodeni, Ernei, Icland and Sângeorgiu de Mures villages) and in Satu Mare county (Ciumesti, Urziceni, Foieni, Andrid, Dindesti, Irina, Sanislau villages). Since the young Storks only come back to breed when 3-4 years old, we expected the first sightings of ringed Storks from 2005. Finally, now in 2006 we had the first breakthrough: – one Stork ringed with number 70105 was sighted on the 21.04.2006 in Dumbravioara in nest number 10 (not occupied last year), situated near the building which will host the Stork Museum. It was ringed in Ernei, as nestling in 27.06.2002, together with other 2 chicks. From our observations we can say that the bird with the ring is a male. The distance between the fledgling place and the breeding place is almost exactly 3 km, the elapsed time is 3 years 9 months and 24 days. We hope that other ringed Storks will come back and we will be able to give you more good news soon.

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The avian flu and the bats

 Bats are not receptive to avian flu and they do not spread this disease. Nevertheless, they can also suffer – indirectly – because of the unfounded hysteria surrounding this over-mediatized disease. In a hospital from the city of Targu-Mures, pigeons, as possible spreaders of avian flu, were excluded from the attic with the aid of wire netting. The attic houses approximately 300 Geoffroy’s Bats (Myotis emarginatus), a rare and endangered species in the whole of Europe . The bats can’t pass through the wire netting, not even through the biggest holes. Searching for an exit, they infiltrated the hospital – through the door to the attic, which was not well closed – provoking panic amongst the people. Fortunately, we managed to capture and then release all of them (back to the attic). The next step was to change the wire netting with horizontally placed staves, which allows the bats to come and go without any difficulties, thus solving the problem. We would like to use the opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to saving these bats.

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Education about herpetology in the Trascau Mountains

In the spring of 2006, The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Working Group of the Milvus Group together with the Apuseni Mountain Club (hereafter called CMA) from Cluj Napoca, started a collaboration regarding the evaluation, protection and conservation of herpetofauna from natural reserves which are in the custody of CMA. Another important aspect of the collaboration is to raise the awareness for the herpetofauna among the school groups and students who participate at the nature education activities organized by the CMA in the frame of the Ecodidactica project. More…

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