Monthly Archives: December 2009

Synchronous winter census of Long-eared Owl

International Long-eared Owl Network (ILEON) decided to initiate for winter 2009/2010 a synchronous winter census of Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) in Central and Eastern Europe. Till now, several countries from this geographical region manifest the willingness to participate in this program. Synchronous shall be done by a standard method, identical for each country and it is addressed for all volunteers who want to get involved in it. Continue reading

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Information panel about bears

On the 28th of November 2009, we have inaugurated in the Tg. Mures ZOO a bilingual (Romanian and Hungarian) information panel about bears. The panel – located next to the bears’ paddock – is intended for the education-information of the wider public (visitors) by presenting facts about the species’ biology, ecology, threats, etc. The panel also has some interactive features, namely 2 wooden boxes mounted on its bottom, in which children can get a “hands-on” experience by touching and feeling a bear’s teeth and footprint (both exact replicas after natural samples). The panel – realized within the “Brown bear conservation and research programme in a model area in Romania” and in co-operation with the Tg. Mures ZOO – was financially supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Romania (through the Matra Small Nature Management Projects).
We also plan to distribute information brochures to the visitors wanting more detailed information about bears. The brochures will soon be available at the ZOO’s entrance, free of charge, both in Romanian and Hungarian languages.
On the 28th of November 2009, we have inaugurated in the Tg. Mures ZOO a bilingual (Romanian and Hungarian) information panel about bears. The panel – located next to the bears’ paddock – is intended for the education-information of the wider public (visitors) by presenting facts about the species’ biology, ecology, threats, etc. The panel also has some interactive features, namely 2 wooden boxes mounted on its bottom, in which children can get a “hands-on” experience by touching and feeling a bear’s teeth and footprint (both exact replicas after natural samples). Continue reading

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Trans European Wildlife Networks Conference

On the 25th of November 2009, the Trans European Wildlife Networks Conference was held in Bucharest, at the Rin Grand Hotel. The conference – organized in partnership by the Milvus Group, the National Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Euronatur – was the closing event of a one and a half year long project, bearing the same title. The international project, implemented by partner organizations and institutions from 6 countries (with the Milvus Group being the Romanian project partner) focused on the following:
· mitigation of fragmentation in South Eastern and Central European countries with focus on existing and planned transport infrastructure & general landscape change; species focus: large carnivores
· establishment of an expert network on national and international level
· capacity building, mainly in Bulgaria and Romania
The conference was attended by the project partners (presenting their experiences from Romania and abroad), the representative of the European Commission, Environment Directorate-General (for Romania), as well as by stakeholders from Romania, such as representatives of the National Company for Highways and National Roads, companies performing environmental impact assessments for various transport infrastructure projects, Regional Environmental Protection Agencies, protected areas’ representatives, interested NGOs, etc. The total number of more, than 60 participants confirmed the importance of the subject.
We consider the event a very important stepping stone in this perspective, since this was the first such occasion in Romania, when all interested parties met and had the chance to openly debate on the issue.
The presentation from the conference can be downloaded from here (in PDF format).
On the 25th of November 2009, the Trans European Wildlife Networks Conference was held in Bucharest, at the Rin Grand Hotel. The conference – organized in partnership by the Milvus Group, the National Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Euronatur – was the closing event of a one and a half year long project, bearing the same title. Continue reading

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Examination for ringing licese

vizsga 1On 21st November 2009 Milvus Group organized the second examination for persons who wanted to obtain ringing license for wild birds. The examination was held at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Targu Mures. A number of eight persons expressed their willingness to participate on the examination. A total of six participants had take the exam only for birds of prey and owls, and two people the general test which is focused on Passeriformes. Continue reading

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