On November 22, at around 4 AM, we have received a phone call from one of the gamekeepers with whom we work in the brown bear conservation and research project. A bear cub was ‘stuck’ in a backyard fence in the village of Iliesi (near the town of Sovata, in the mountainous model area of our program). The extremely agitated mother and the other cub were nearby in the forest, under the cover of a thick undergrowth. Our vet, DVM Levente Borka-Vitális Continue reading →
The fourth year of ringing on Chituc Spit ended with 10547 marked birds. After 91 days of ringing, we caught 87 species, five of which were new additions to the camps list: Gadwall (Anas strepera), Collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) and Continue reading →
In Eastern Romania, Vrancea County, near Ciorăşti commune, on the border with Buzău County, there is a special site where annually, an extraordinary ornithological event takes place. Red-footed Falcons roost here in significant numbers, before starting the autumn migration to the wintering quarters in Angola, Namibia and Botswana.
Red-flanked bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) breeds in undisturbed spruce forests of the Siberian taiga, but it also has some small isolated populations in Eastern Finland.
It is a long-distance migrant, winters in SE Asia, thus its a very rare vagrant in Europe.
On 17th October, an adult female was caprtured and ringed in the Milvus Group’s Chituc Ringing Camp which is the first confirmed record of the species in Romania. Continue reading →
This is demonstrated by the Dumbrăvioara webcam statistics: between 15 March – 20 August, 34 977 watched the nests events! Totally, almost 230 500 sessions. The most popular day was May 17th with 2880 people logged at the web cam. It was the day the first egg of the four hatched! Most of our visitors come from: Romania, Hungary, Germany, Poland and Italy, but our web cam is watched also from Canada, Australia and the United States. Thank you! Watch us again from March 2018!
As one of the main threats to far-roaming brown bears is the degradation, fragmentation and loss of suitable habitats, one of the goals of the project ‘Brown bear conservation and research in a model area in Romania’ is to conserve the bears’ habitat. In the area where the project operates, the most significant threat in this sense in the nearby future will be posed by the planned Tg. Mures-Iasi-Ungheni highway. This development will cut through Romania’s Eastern Carpathians and adjacent foothills, all prime bear habitats. Continue reading →