Our desire is to live in a world where people live in real harmony with nature, without exploiting it, where nature is one of the highest values and everyone behaves accordingly. We work to preserve our natural heritage every day. We do this by raising the awareness of people, by protecting endangered species, by enforcing laws while influencing policies regarding nature.
Professionalism, reliability – we are professionals in nature conservation, we do not just speak about it, but we also practise it in such a manner, that every decision is made on the basis of our field experiences.
Brief history of the Organisation
2010 - present
Thanks to the EU funds, we realise that one can live off nature conservation as long as one does it passionately and believes in it. But there comes bureaucracy in our lives and it uses up more and more of our time.
We begin to understand very soon that we cannot solve all problems. However, we still try to. After the designation of protected areas, we become custodians of several sites, which consumes a huge amount of our energy. We have been rescuing birds for a long time and the moment has arrived to get to the next level. Together with Vets4Wild, we are creating a nationwide network and build professional aviaries. With more or less success, we are influencing the economy branches with the biggest consequences on nature. For instance, we are trying to change the financial support system in the agricultural sector to make it friendlier with nature and small farmers by developing new agri-environment schemes. We strive to give a voice to nature in other policies, too: forest management and wildlife hunting. We carry out projects that aim at the conservation of several species: the Lesser Spotted Eagle, the Saker Falcon, the European Roller etc. We have a few memorable achievements over these years. Over 15 pairs of Saker Falcon (one of the nearly extinct nesting species) are now nesting in the western part of the country, using the artificial nests that we have previously installed. We also started some monitoring programmes by ourselves or together with the Romanian Ornithological Society. We initiate numerous censuses and learn more than in all the previous years combined about the bird populations (but also about other species, i.e. the European Ground Squirrel) and their distribution in Romania. Within our ecological education programme, we keep seminars for teachers all over the country and we publish many guidebooks. The Milvus Scholarship supports the research of students engaged in nature conservation.
After Romania joined the European Union, we achieved our biggest success: we had been focusing for years on the designation of Natura 2000 sites and thanks to us, the network of protected areas in Romania nowadays covers 24% of the country’s surface. The White Stork and the birds of prey play an important role in our activities – we mainly focus on the Lesser Spotted Eagle, Red-Footed Falcon, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon etc. The organisation does not focus only on birds, but also on mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish – anything related to nature conservation. We are also starting our environmental education programme.
Besides the academic studies, the first relevant project is carried out – we had been organizing bird ringing camps in the Gurghiu Mountains for ten years, and for two years on Chituc Spit.
in autumn a few bird enthusiasts founded ,,Milvus Group” Association in the kitchen of Mr Zoli Szombath.
Photo: © Adrian Baltariu