Monthly Archives: August 2016

“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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