Monthly Archives: May 2012

Presenting the wildlife of Hârtibaciu – Târnava Mare – Olt area for teachers from the Natura 2000 sites

In 2012 the Environmental Education Working Group of Milvus Group organized information meetings entitled “The best educational methods to promote the Natura 2000 networkin the frame of SOP Environment project “For nature and local communities – the bases for a Natura 2000 integrated management in Hârtibaciu – Târnava Mare area” co-financed by the European Union Regional Fund. The project is implemented by WWF Romania in partnership with ADEPT Foundation, Mihai Eminescu Trust, Regional Environmental Protection Agency Sibiu and EcoTur Sibiu. The six presentations were held in four towns from Transylvania: Agnita, Dumbrăveni, Rupea and Sighișoara, in Romanian and Hungarian also. Continue reading

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The death of a Saker Falcon, Maia

Maia - Photo: Luca Andrei Dehelean

On the 22.03.2012 a team from Romania made of 5 employees and volunteers of Milvus Group, working in the Saker Falcon conservation project LIFE09 NAT/HU/000384, travelled to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. There we were kindly welcomed by two local ornithologist colleagues, Mr. Dražen Kotrošan and Mr. Iljan Dervovič, members of Ornitološko društvo “Naše ptice” (Ornithological Society „Our Birds“, an NGO from Bosnia  and Herzegovina, dedicated to the protection of birds) who helped us a lot during our visit.

The aim of our trip was to recover the satellite transmitter, which was mounted last year in Romania on a juvenile female Saker, named Maia (VIDEO), and to answer our question if whether the transmitter has simply fallen from the back of the bird, or the bird died. In the latter case, we hoped to be able to identify the causes of death as well. Continue reading

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Stork observing game: when will the first stork chick hatch?

On 25 April 2012 at 14.56 PM Bartók Csaba was the first who observed the stork’s pair on the nest from Dumbrăvioara!

After a short technical break the web camera is working again and the observers happily discovered the three eggs in the stork nest from Dumbrăvioara. We are now curious about when the first stork chick will hatch, so we launch a new game: who will observe the first hatched stork?

The rules of the game: the players have to follow the online webcam exclusively on the homepage of Milvus Group (, but e.g. from the webpage of Justin TV it is not valid). They have to save the image (with the help of Print Screen, Screen Capture, etc.) as an image file and send it in JPG format with their name and location to the address. If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to the same address.

* By pressing the Print Screen (Prt Scn) button, the picture from your screen is copied, then you can paste it (CTRL+V) into Paint or similar programs, from where you can save it in JPG format.

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Conservation measures for saving the Lesser Spotted Eagle in Romania

The Lesser Spotted Eagle is an endangered, protected species and some 22% of its world population breeds in Romania. The Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Sibiu, “Milvus Group” Bird and Nature Protection Association and the Romanian Ornithological Society are implementing a LIFE project financed by the European Union, which has the objective of ensuring the optimal conditions for the conservation of this species.

On the 22th of March 2012 members of Milvus Group checked one of the Lesser Spotted Eagle nests, known to them since the year 1999, near Valea locality, Mureș county, but they found only logged trees instead of the oak with the Lesser Spotted Eagle nest. Continue reading

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