Conservation measures undertaken in recent years are beginning to show their results. Every year, Milvus Group monitors artificial nests mounted on high-voltage pylons (thanks to a partnership with an electricity company), and rings the Saker Falcon chicks.
The results are encouraging if we think that in 2011 only one pair was recorded in a natural nest. This year, 46 chicks from 13 nests were ringed, out of a total of 19 successful breedings.
We also monitor the composition of Saker prey by installing several photo traps at the nests. The images already give us clues about the importance of the European Ground Squirrel and the Common Hamster as prey species of falcons.
The other good news is that three active nests appeared in the northern part of the Western Plain, in Bihor County! Fortunately, the falcon population extends its area into places where no observations have been recorded, at a significant distance from the known area. One of the most important reasons for this is the presence of artificial nests mounted by Milvus Group.
This summer, demonstrated once again the need for highways and eco-ducts for wild animals. The two dramatic accidents on A1 a few weeks ago, causing the death of two bears in just a few days, as well as the recent images with a bear walking peacefully on a national road between Covasna and Vrancea, are showing only the tip of the iceberg. This time the animals were the only victims, the material damage was negligible, and the people escaped only with a shock. But the danger persists for all participants in the traffic! We want green infrastructure measures and we act through the TRANSGREEN project.