The Golden Eagle is one of the rarest raptors in Romania and the Peregrine Falcon is a species that reached the brink of extinction in the ’60s and ’70s. We conducted a thorough census between 2007-2011 in a significant part of the Carpathian Mountains (Apuseni Mountains, Banat Mountains, Retezat Mountains, partly in the Eastern Carpathians). Although there are still many regions to investigate, we know the numbers of these species in the surveyed areas and, in many cases, even the nesting sites. Thus, we documented the repopulation of the Peregrine Falcon, but also the increase of its numbers, which has been spectacular in the last 15 years. In 2003, the first breeding pair has been registered since the 1970s and hundreds of pairs are currently nesting in Romania.
OLD: In 2001 three young members of the Milvus Group started to be interesed about the status and distribution of the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in the Apuseni Mountains in Western Romania . After repeated trips on field they identified several breeding places and nests of Golden Eagle. Due to the lack of information regarding to the range and population dynamics of the species, we have decided to initialize a census project which will serve as a base to a long term monitoring program.

Aim of the program

Monitoring, protection and study of the Golden eagle and Peregrine falcon in Romania


  • Assuring the survival of these species
  • Conservation of the rocky habitats
  • Involving volunteers in the monitoring and protection of the Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon


  • Checking all the suitable breeding habitats in Romania
  • Evaluation of the breeding pairs for both species
  • Collecting data’s regarding to the biology of the species
  • Delimiting threatening factors
  • Preparing the documentation for Natura 2000 sites
If you want to join our team in order to protect these species, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following adresses: istvan.komaromi(at), istvan.kovacs(at)