It’s time to fly!

The greatest moment of satisfaction for us is the release of rehabilitated animals in their natural environment. Thus, after different periods spent in the Rehabilitation Centre for wild animals, 10 birds were released – seven storks (six birds spent the winter in the centre), two Common Buzzards and an Eurasian Scops Owl (which underwent an operation at the Vets4Wild). Interestingly, one of the released storks had been previously ringed in Germany. (more…)

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Adult female bear saved from poachers’ snare and collared

DSCN9995On Sunday, the 24th of August we have managed to safely release an adult female bear from a snare set by poachers. We were announced on late Saturday evening by the County-level Hunting Association (AJVPS Mures) about the snared bear, and we arrived on the scene early Sunday morning. The rescue operation was carried out in cooperation with specialists from the Mures County Hunting Association and veterinarian assistance provided by VETS 4 WILD. (more…)

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Orphaned bear cubs found and taken into care

DSCF5076On the 5th of March, the Gurghiu Forest District contacted Vets4Wild Association about two bear cubs that had recently been taken into the institution’s custody. The two small females (approximately 2 months old, both female) were found a few days earlier by a local from Ibănești (Mureș county), who immediately reported the case to the local foresters. Colleagues from Vets4wild and from the Milvus Group went to Gurghiu the same day to take the cubs somewhere they could be looked after until they were old enough to return to the wild unassisted. After a night spent in Tirgu Mures, the following morning the two small bears were transported and handed over to the Orphaned Bear Rehabilitation Center, which is led by Leonardo Bereczky (Hășmaș Mountains, Harghita county). (more…)

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The story of a poisoned White-tailed Eagle

IMG_7868At noon on a Thursday in February, the musician Andrei Dinescu was walking on the banks of Danube near Cetate in Southern Romania when he came across a huge raptor. The beautiful bird was alive but helpless, visibly suffering cramps and spasms in her gut. As he got closer, the bird stood still, breathing deeply and looking straight at him. Realising the bird needed help, Andrei phoned Ferenc Zudor from Cetate Cultural Port, a cultural centre where Andrei lives. Ferenc came quickly and, together, they took her to the Cetate Cultural Port. After searching on the internet, they found the Romanian Ornithological Society (ROS), based in Bucahrest, to whom they sent pictures of the injured bird. (more…)

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

IMG_5683 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. (more…)

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Romania’s first flight cage for bird rehabilitation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA On August 4th, Milvus group completed the construction of a flight cage, the latest addition to the Bird Rehabilitation Centre we have been working on with the Vets4Wild Association in Sansimon, Mures County since Autumn 2012. At 4m high and 25 m long, it is the result of several months voluntary work, made possible by sponsorship from the “Conservation of Falco cherrug in NE Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia” LIFE project. (more…)

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The 6th trimonthly report of the Milvus Rehabilitation Centre (January-March 2013)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Over these three months 10 new birds have arrived at the Centre, adding to the 6 who are already there. While this number of birds is approximately the same as in previous months, the number of people who contacted us dropped to 16 in this period. As is to be expected in these cold winter months, this has been a relatively quiet period in the Rehabilitation Centre. (more…)

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Experience change in the Bulgarian Rehabilitation Centre

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Surgery. Information and experience change
Milvus Group has started treating injured and seized birds several years ago with the aim to rehabilitate and release them back into nature. We receive more and more birds from people who want to help them, thus we decided that it is absolute necessary to enlarge and expand the Rehabilitation Centre. Our Bulgarian partner organization, Green Balkans has a vast experience in this field, for which reason we decided to visit them.  (more…)

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The 5th trimonthly report of the Milvus Rehabilitation Center (October-December 2012)

The number of birds arrived in the Rehabilitation Centre decreased between October-December compared to the previous period. Fortunately this year we didn’t have to confront the usual high number of weakened birds from early winter as we expected, as the temperatures were low and the snow cover was thick. Although the number of persons who contacted us was significant (33), relatively few birds, only 11 individuals were transported to us. Other 12 birds were treated directly through telephone advices. (more…)

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