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Adult female bear saved from poachers’ snare and collared

DSCN9995On Sunday, the 24th of August we have managed to safely release an adult female bear from a snare set by poachers. We were announced on late Saturday evening by the County-level Hunting Association (AJVPS Mures) about the snared bear, and we arrived on the scene early Sunday morning. The rescue operation was carried out in cooperation with specialists from the Mures County Hunting Association and veterinarian assistance provided by VETS 4 WILD. Continue reading

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Camp and trip: reward for the winners of the “I also take part in Natura 2000” contest

6The winning teams of the final stage of the second “I also take part in Natura 2000” contest from II-IV grades on the 6th of June were rewarded with a one day trip to Sovata and Praid. A total of 24 children, 7 teachers and 2 staff from Milvus Group visited the Bear Lake and the surrounding lakes, the Salt Mountain and the Butterfly House from Praid. Continue reading

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The second “I also take part of Natura 2000” contest comes to an end

5After the success of the first edition of the “I also take part of Natura 2000 contest” the second edition was launched in October 2013.

This year more than 200 pupils registered, and 129 pupils from 8 schools managed to finish the first two stages of the contest. Continue reading

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Two European Ground Squirrel colonies moved from soon to be destroyed habitats

IMG_9049Individuals from two colonies of European Ground Squirrel (also known as Souslik), whose habitats were faced with imminent destruction, have been moved to safer pastures. For five days over the May Day holiday, members of Milvus Group camped out among ground squirrel populations in the Banat region of Western Romania. Here there were two colonies whose habitats are soon to disappear. Continue reading

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Milvus Group organizes ringing camp at Chituc sandbank

_DSC6547Chituc sandbank, located at the eastern extremity of Romania between Lake Sinoe and the Black Sea, is acting as a funnel regarding the migration of songbirds. To study the intensity and dynamics of migration, Milvus Group organized two ringing camps here in 1996 and 1997. This year between the 5th of August and 1st of November, the third ringing camp takes place on Chituc, and it’s one of the largest ever organized ringing camps in Romania and the largest ornithological event of 2014 in our country, because the continuous ringing activity lasts over 13 weeks. Continue reading

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Weakened Yelkouan Shearwater on Chituc (Danube Delta)

veszmadarOn the 8th of August participants of the Chituc ringing camp found a weakened Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) in the sea, near the shore.

After it was captured, the bird was examined and fed with small-sized fish. Continue reading

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Saving a Golden Eagle chick

IMG_3406Each year, raptor specialists from Milvus Group check nests in the breeding period. The primary aims are to ascertain the breeding status of the birds, to ring the chicks and to determine the threats to successful breeding.  On the 25th of June the specialists visited the nest of a pair of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), where they found an unpleasant scene. The original nest in a scots pine had fallen from its position, most likely due to damage caused by a storm. Continue reading

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For the first time in Romania two Lesser Spotted Eagle chicks have been found in one nest

Lesser Spotted Eagle nest with two chicks on sycamore tree (Vidacut)

Lesser Spotted Eagle nest with two chicks on sycamore tree (Vidacut)

This year, Members of Milvus Group continued to verify the Lesser Spotted Eagle nests, the breeding success and the threatening factors in the breeding season and ringing the chicks in the two Natura 2000 sites. The activity is part of “LIFE08 NAT/RO/000501 project – Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania – other conservation activities were also implemented.

On the 22th of July, during synchronic raptor observations on the Dealurile Târnavelor and Valea Nirajului Natura 2000 sites, we identified more Lesser Spotted Eagle territories and the approximate location of their nests. Continue reading

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Results of the 6th International “Milvus” Nature Photography Contest

photocontestlogoLocation: Tg.Mures – Romania
Judging date: 28th of June 2014
Members of the jury:
Tamás András AFIAP – RO, president of jury
Kerekes István EFIAP/p – HU
Dan Dinu AFIAP, PhotoLife – RO

 81 photographers sent pictures from 12 countries
Free topic: 304 photos
Photo essay: 480 photos in 95 essays

Sponsor:Photosetup logo ALB verticala pe NEGRU


The Grand Prize (First place winner of the competition)

Kis Csaba/Hungary – „Light and fantasy13 Continue reading

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Several nests of Montagu’s Harriers, one of the rarest breeding raptor species in Romania, are in danger


Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)

The Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus is a migratory raptor species, which has a large distribution from the Iberian Peninsula to Western Mongolia and which winters in Africa and India. It is mainly a lowland species, however in certain regions occupies high plateaus up to 1500m. The distribution of this species in Romania is poorly known, but the breeding population is most likely well below 100 pairs. Continue reading

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