Six days full of events, excursions and games. What was common in all the activities? Nature. 31 children of various ages attended the 11th environmental education Milvus camp, organized this year in Mitreşti, Mureş County. The adventures, carefully organized, carried them through the nearby forests and hills, raised their curiosity upon crafts – visits to a blacksmith and a farmer; motivated them to aspire to more, by climbing courageously to 15 m to see a real Lesser Spotted Eagle nest (thank you SALVAMONT MUREȘ); reconnected them to nature by capturing and ringing several bird species. Continue reading
Panic, fear, horror, myths … and the end is often the same, a crushed reptilian body. Why do we always get there? Simply, because of ignorance. We are not aware, that these beings are mostly harmless, occasionally only lizards without legs. Moreover, we do not know how to behave with venomous species. This series is targeting the communities of different localities and regions, in order to present and popularize these species, and to introduce a fair behavior towards these reptiles, both for the sake of their and our own safety. We hope the next encounters will be more peaceful! Continue reading
The nesting population of the Saker Falcon is growing in the Western Plain, as a result we managed to ring 45 chicks in 13 out of the 17 nests where sakers successfully bred in 2017.
This is very good news for the species, which experienced in Romania a long period of decline! In 2011 there was only one known breeding pair, but last year there were already 12! Continue reading
Transparency in decision making about large carnivores, real and timely payment of damages, correct use of intervention quota, exclusively to solve problematic cases with bears, and the development and application of a scientific methodology to monitor populations. These elements, willingly and correctly implemented by all stakeholders, would lead to an improvement in the large-scale carnivorous – humans conflicts. Continue reading
Three years ago, two Lesser Spotted Eagle chicks were ringed in the same nest in Harghita County). This is a rare case, because in this species the oldest nestling tends to eliminate the younger chick, this phenomenon is called cainism. In fact, only two similar cases were registered in Romania, among them this case from Vidăcut nest (Harghita county). This month, Baranyi Ildikó managed to photograph a colour ringed bird between Belin and Aita Mare. Consulting our ringing database, we identified the bird as the smaller nestling from the Vidăcut nest, recorded 66 km S-E from the ringing place. A happy case and a valuable result from the perspective of our study and conservation efforts regarding the species. Continue reading
What can we learn from animals? Have you ever asked yourselves this question?
We are fully convinced that teaching materials, whether for the formal or non-formal learning systems, can be attractive both for children, young people (13 to 29 years old)and adults if they include games about nature and animals. Continue reading