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Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle arrives back in Romania

ArlieArlie, the Lesser Spotted Eagle which the Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle LIFE project team have been tracking by satellite transmitter since last year, has arrived back in Romania after a long migration through Africa. On Wednesday, his GPS coordinates showed him to flying at about 1260m altitude over the Carpathian Curve, around 50 km East of Brașov.

Since leaving his nest 206 days ago, in September last year, Arlie has travelled 24468 km. His journey took him through three continents and 17 countries. From the 1106 transmissions we received from him, his journey could be charted down through the Bosphorus bottleneck and along the east coast of Africa, before veering west to Namibia where he spent the winter.

Arlie migration routeHis return, following roughly the same route, has so far taken just under two months. However, we must still wait a few days before he reaches his nesting area near Berivoi, Piemontul Făgăraș.

Arlie’s migration can be followed here.

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6th Milvus International Nature Photography Contest



As spring rolls around, it is time once again forthe Milvus International Photography Contest. This year it will be the 6thedition of the competition and Milvus Group welcomes photographers with the new and challenging category ofthe photo essay: a series of nature photos, in black and white or colour, built around a theme. You can find more details in the invitation.

Photo submission deadline: 14 June 2014.

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The White Stork webcam from Dumbrăvioara is working again!

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Exhibition: Birds in our neighbourhood

1975210_632487876799865_1484091695_nThe Zoological Museum of Babeș-Bolyai University in collaboration with the Romanian Ornithological Society and “Milvus Group” Bird and Nature Protection Association organizes temporary exhibition “Birds in our neighbourhood” between 19.03 and 10.05.2014.

The exhibition presents bird species in agricultural habitats, villages and forests, using drawings in pencil – created for the bird identification manual of the Romanian Ornithological Society and Milvus Group, “Common Birds of Romania” – by artists Zsoldos Márton and Deák Attila.

Artistic drawings are completed with information about the anatomy and morphology of birds, with introductory notions on ornithology as well as the description of common bird species in Romania. Stuffed birds, different nests and eggs (of birds) accompany the art exhibition.
Opening: 19.03.2014, 12:00 p.m.
The book “Common Birds in Romania” will be presented within the opening.

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Orphaned bear cubs found and taken into care

DSCF5076On the 5th of March, the Gurghiu Forest District contacted Vets4Wild Association about two bear cubs that had recently been taken into the institution’s custody. The two small females (approximately 2 months old, both female) were found a few days earlier by a local from Ibănești (Mureș county), who immediately reported the case to the local foresters. Colleagues from Vets4wild and from the Milvus Group went to Gurghiu the same day to take the cubs somewhere they could be looked after until they were old enough to return to the wild unassisted. After a night spent in Tirgu Mures, the following morning the two small bears were transported and handed over to the Orphaned Bear Rehabilitation Center, which is led by Leonardo Bereczky (Hășmaș Mountains, Harghita county). Continue reading

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The story of a poisoned White-tailed Eagle

IMG_7868At noon on a Thursday in February, the musician Andrei Dinescu was walking on the banks of Danube near Cetate in Southern Romania when he came across a huge raptor. The beautiful bird was alive but helpless, visibly suffering cramps and spasms in her gut. As he got closer, the bird stood still, breathing deeply and looking straight at him. Realising the bird needed help, Andrei phoned Ferenc Zudor from Cetate Cultural Port, a cultural centre where Andrei lives. Ferenc came quickly and, together, they took her to the Cetate Cultural Port. After searching on the internet, they found the Romanian Ornithological Society (ROS), based in Bucahrest, to whom they sent pictures of the injured bird. Continue reading

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Locals from Neaua mount nesting platforms for White Storks with help from Milvus Group

DSCF5037According to the people of Neaua (Mureș county), until two years ago there had not been a stork nest in the village for as long as anyone could remember. But in 2012, the first storks appeared and immediately started to build their nest. The breeding was successful in the first year, but in 2013 only one of the storks came back. As the nest was continuously added to over the last two years, it started to be too large and heavy for the electric pylon and he grew too close to the electric wires. Milvus Group decided that, to keep it safe and steady, the stork nest has to be arranged a special platform, placed on the top of the pylon. Continue reading

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Arlie the Lesser Spotted Eagle begins his spring migration northwards

phoca_thumb_l_dscn1332Arlie, the adult Lesser Spotted Eagle whose movements the Conservation of the Lesser Spotted Eagle LIFE project team have been tracking by satellite transmitter since last year, has started his spring migration northwards. The satellite information, charted using the Argos System, shows that between 8 and 11 am on the 14th February, he started flying North East from Namibia. By the 17th, he had travelled 650km, bringing him near the border of Zambia.

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Midwinter Waterbird Census – 2014

Kerekes I. 3This year “Milvus Group” Bird and Nature Protection Association, together with the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) organized again the annual census of wintering waterfowl (Midwinter Waterbird Census) in Romania. The main period of observations was between the 10th and 31st of January, but because it coincided with another, broader survey organized this winter, the last observation day was 4th of February. The International Waterbird Census (IWC) is coordinated by Wetlands International and it is organized every year in most countries of the world. Continue reading

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Video: Hidden cameras capture the diversity Romanian wetland wildlife

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs part of the national Eurasian Beaver, European Otter and European Mink survey project („Elaborarea seturilor de măsuri de management, la nivel național, pentru speciile Castor fiber, Lutra lutra și Mustela lutreola”) camera traps were placed to riverbanks to observe moments from otters life and observe their behaviour on different rivers in the country.

A camera trap is remotely activated camera which enables to make pictures of animals in wild.

Analysing the images besides otter many other species can be found in the videos. We selected a few from the most interesting videos:

Face to face with an otter (Lutra lutra):

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