Monthly Archives: October 2013

The 8th trimonthly report of the Milvus Rehabilitation Centre (July-September 2013)


Between July and September this year, more birds arrived at the Rehabilitation Centre than in any previous period. Most of the birds were young belonging to species which breed in Romania. These birds don`t have the experience of their parents, thus they are more exposed to natural risks (ex. unfavourable weather conditions for hunting) or anthropogenic dangers (ex. collisions with cars, wires, fences, buildings). 39 people came to us with injured birds they had found in this period. Continue reading

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Photo contest winner donates his prize to the Rehabilitation Centre

Jeffrey Venning / Australia – Lichen

Jeffrey Venning / Australia – Lichen

 Jeffrey Wenning – won the first prize this year in the General (B) category of the “Milvus” International Nature Photo Contest.

He donated his prize -200 euro- for Milvus Rehabilitation Centre. We thank him for helping our Centre, which is maintained from private funds.

Thank you Jeffrey Wenning!

Câştigătorii celui de-al cincilea concurs internaţional de fotografie de natură „Milvus”

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I found an injured bird, what should I do?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst things first, you need to think of our safety and identify the species of the bird. Even small raptors such as the Little Owl have strong beaks and feet and can cause unpleasant injuries, while larger birds such as storks and herons are capable of harm with their long bills. Then, if the bird is distressed, you can calm it down by covering its head with blanket, clothes or cloth, bearing in mind that any zips or buckles must be facing upwards so as to avoid causing additional injuries to the bird. This is important as the bird is likely to be in shock and your attempts to help it could cause it further distress. Further, you should handle the bird with care, holding it by the tarsus (lower leg) and securing its wings by holding them to its body. Continue reading

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Milvus Club is starting!


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„I also take part in Natura 2000”- exciting contest about nature this year again!

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A Year with Transylvania’s Lesser Spotted Eagles

chick 1As autumn rolls around and the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) sets off on its yearly migration down to its winter quarters in Central and Southern Africa, we can look back on what has been a successful year for the Life Pomarina Conservation Project. Jointly implemented by Milvus Group, The Environmental Protection Agency Sibiu and the Romanian Ornithological Society, the project aims to ensure conditions to achieve and maintain favorable conservation status for the eagles across three Special Protection Areas (SPA) in Transylvania. Of these sites, Milvus Group is directly responsible for two: Dealurile Târnavelor – Valea Nirajului and Podişul Hârtibaciului. Continue reading

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Old Lands and New Horizons: The European Bird Census Council conference In Cluj Napoca

3 photoshopIn the middle of September Cluj Napoca was host to the 19th conference of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC). Organised jointly by Babeș-Bolyai University, Romanian Ornithological Society (BirdLife Romania) and Milvus Group, the conference bought together people involved in bird monitoring, research and conservation from all across Europe and beyond. The topics covered, each presented by experts in their respective fields, were varied, ranging from new technologies and methodologies in bird monitoring through to discussions on the causes of changes in bird populations, distribution and demographics, the factors influencing these changes and the effectiveness of conservation programs currently in place to address them.  Continue reading

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