Monitoring the Lesser Spotted Eagle in the Târnavelor Hills – Niraj Valley area

Illegal logging and animal grazing through forests are the main threatening factors in the breeding period for the Lesser Spotted Eagle. The data gathered during several field trips showed that from 18 nesting sites – chicks were observed in four of them, nine pairs have not nested at all and five pairs nested unsuccessfully due to unknown causes. The nests were checked in summer. Continue reading

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We can do something!

21bMilvus Group took note with regret about the incidents in Braila County (…), in which several storks were electrocuted on medium voltage posts.

Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not rare in our country or in the world. Moreover, electrocution is among the main factors of mortality for birds of prey and storks. Milvus Group began to study the problem of bird electrocution since 1995. Continue reading

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Results of the 8th International “Milvus” Nature Photography Contest

photocontestlogoLocation: Tg. Mureș – Romania
Judging date: 20th of August 2016

Members of the jury:
Tamás András AFIAP – RO, president of jury
Kerekes István EFIAP/d1 – HU
Dan Dinu AFIAP, PhotoLife – RO

79 photographers sent pictures from 10 countries.
Landscape: 197 photos
Animals: 249 photos


The Grand Prize (First place winner of the competition)

Csaba Daróczi /Hungary – Szúnyogsztráda / Mosquito Highway
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Summer adventure

1Excursions, birds, yurts, sleeping bags, environmental education games and more games! These filled the summer adventure for more than 30 children that participated at the tenth Milvus Forest School in Righmani, Mureș County. Continue reading

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“Bandi”, the first Romanian Imperial Eagle equipped with a satellite transmitter

IMG_2838For the first time two Imperial Eagle chicks were ringed in the West Plains, and one of them will hopefully provide us with valuable information about the routes that these majestic birds are following through their wanderings. One of the chicks, “Bandi”, was named after the late ornithologist Libus András, and was fitted with a satellite system, that will be activated as soon as the bird will leave the nesting area. Continue reading

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Hungarian meadow viper: a new population discovered in Transylvania!

DSCN3261This small viper is among the most threatened vertebrates of Europe. The current distribution of Vipera ursinii rakosiensis is very restricted, and outside Romania can only be found in Hungary, with only 11 populations. New data regarding the distribution of the Hungarian meadow viper is reported from Transylvania by Păun Georgiana and her colleagues. The distribution range of the subspecies in Transylvania was extended by the discovery of a southernmost population, identified using ecological niche modeling techniques and subsequent field inventory of suitable habitats, predicted by the model. Continue reading

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An interesting season

august storkThis year, the webcamera from Dumbrăvioara failed to offer us the show of raising stork chicks.  Fortunately, a pair of young storks spent the summer in the nest, arranging it with different materials. We could see this as a possible sign that they’ll come back next year to nest. We thank all the stork lovers for their constant attention, but the law of Nature may result in such seasons too. We are optimistic about 2017! The webcam in Dumbrăvioara will remain online until de the end of August, when the storks will begin their long journey to the wintering grounds in Africa.

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The travelling Golden Eagle – 1700 kilometres in just a few months

jelados szirtiFor the first time in Romania, the Milvus Group is monitoring the movement of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) by using GPS transmitters. Three eagles were fitted with such transmitters during the last year, in the Trascău Mountains area and in the Apuseni Natural Park.  One bird managed to take off the device before leaving the nest, but the other eagles have provided relevant data, about the behaviour of these birds in the first months of life. Continue reading

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Chituc 2016 is starting!

905539_632614670174618_7849978289509197035_oThe results of previous years: 25 000 birds ringed.

The bird ringing camp organized on the Chituc sandbank in previous years (2014 and 2015) proved to be a success, a total of 24 996 birds were banded by ringers from Romania, Hungary and Israel.

Due to the results of the previous years, the migration dynamics of 15 common migratory species are slowly taking shape. Continue reading

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The Saker Falcon, successfully reintroduced in the Western Plain of Romania!

IMG_1703One of endangered bird species worldwide, the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) recorded a significant increase in its national population, and specifically in the Western Plain. By 2000, there was no nesting pair in the area, and in the whole country only a few breeding pairs were known in the Măcinului mountains. In the last century, the Saker Falcon was quite widespread in Romania, but almost disappeared due to several threatening factors (poisoning, loss of nesting sites, expansion of agriculture, hunting).

As part of certain conservation efforts undertaken by the Milvus Group within a cross-border project, 80 artificial nest platforms were installed on high voltage electricity pylons in collaboration with the electricity transport and distribution companies, , mostly in Timiș and Arad counties. If in 2011 only one nesting pair was registered, in 2012 – two, in 2015 the numbers started to grow, last year – eight pairs, and this year at least 14!         The Saker Falcon in natural conditions breeds in other birds nests (especially species of crows or other birds of prey), but they adapt easily to artificial nests too. In the western plains, the number of natural nests is very low, due to the lack of trees. Thus, our intervention (by placing artificial nests) was required, to facilitate the nesting of the species in the Western Plain. Without these measures, the birds have had no chance for nesting in the area!

This year, most of these nestlings will be colour-ringed in order to monitor the Saker population in Romania.
In order to improve conservation measures, countries with significant populations of Saker Falcons compiled an Action Plan which gives specific direction to the conservation efforts in the European Union. The development of the AP was conducted by experts from Hungary because this country has the largest population of Saker Falcons in Europe.

Our Hungarian neighbours, have the greatest experience with this species, due to the conservation measures implemented in the ‘70s. In recent years, Hungary with Slovakia implemented a first Life project for the conservation of the species –

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