The second fieldwork period of the Wintering Birds of Prey Monitoring Programme was between 9.-18February. A total of 32 persons has participated in the programme, covering 26 sections. 697 raptorindividuals has been observed belonging to 12 species. The Common Buzzard was the most frequently observed species (572 individuals), followed by the Kestrel, the Sparrowhawk and the Hen Harrier. The number of observed Merlins and Rogh-legged buzzards has been very low, just like in the first time. There were no important changes in numbers and species composition between the two periods.
Transylvania was the most surveyed area again (16 sections), followed by Moldova (5 sections), Muntenia (2 sections), Dobrogea (2 sections) and Banat (1 section). In Transylvania and Banat generally many raptors have been observed, mostly Common Buzzards. In Muntenia also the Common Buzzard dominated. In the Danube Delta (Dobrogea) the White-tailed Eagle, the Marsh Harrier and the Common Buzzard were the most abundant species and it is worth mentioning the presence of 5 Greater-spotted Eagles in one of the sections. Raptor numbers in Moldova were just slightly larger, than in the previous observation period.
We would like to thank each participant for their help, hoping that they will take part in the programme also in the following years.
Milvus Group is searching for volunteers for the 2007 field season. The field activites wiil take place in several places, such as: Dobrogea, Moldova, Muntenia, the Western plains. The studied species are: Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red Footed Falcon and others. For more information download the calendar of activities or contact us on the following e-mail adress:office(at)milvus.ro
Milvus Group is launching the Milvus scholarship dedicated for student researchers interested in biology, ecology or nature conservation. Our main objective is to help students to implement original research or conservation projects built upon original ideas and implemented by the new generation of researchers. The projects should be in line with the mission of the Milvus Group (protected animal and plant species, protected areas, future Natura 2000 sites, species monitoring, etc.) The maximum funding for projects is 700 RON. Deadline for submission is 5 th March 2005. Further details and application forms can be obtained from the webpage (in romanian) or required from the office(at)milvus.ro or istvan.komaromi(at)milvus.ro email adresses.