Although, fight against illegal bird poisoning may seem to be tilting at windmills, fortunately close cooperation of stakeholders has greatly improved the situation in recent years. MME/Birdlife Hungary had coordinated the EU and government funded Helicon Life programme between 2012 and 2016, which aimed to reduce poisoning of the Imperial Eagle.
In the past 5 years only 3 shots have been made of this bird. Which one do you think is the best?
MAVIR (the Hungarian Transmission System Operator Company Ltd.), in collaboration with MME/Birdlife and the Herman Ottó Institute, organized an international bird conservation conference on 7-8 November 2016.
Another, satellite-tracked Saker Falcon was electrocuted, this time in Slovakia. The case was revealed by the bird's transmitter. So far, six adult Saker Falcons have received GPS-based tracking devices in the frame of the conservation project "Securing prey sources for endangered Falco cherrug and Aquila heliaca populations in the Carpathian basin” (RAPTORSPREYLIFE) LIFE13 NAT/HU/000183, supported by the European Union.
The main objective of the HELICON LIFE+ programme, which runs from 2012 through 2016, is to reduce the number of crimes (poisoning, shooting and nest robbing) committed against raptor species among them the Imperial Eagle as our main priority. One of the project elements is nest guarding carried out by volunteers.
This summer, twelve Imperial Eagle chicks have fledged in the Borsodi-Mezőség Protected Area and the surrounding Natura 2000 areas, in the Bükki National Park.
Among several projects, the HELICON Life project also shared its experiences at a recent platform meeting in Athens.
Attila, a well-known rocker from Miskolc, undertook a quest in May to move out to the puszta to guard eagles there. He wrote a diary, but since he has been participating in a 300 km-long walking trip over eleven days called Rockmaraton or „El Rockamino”, his posts can be read on the wbeblog called Kapanyél maintained by the Lángoló Gitárok and the Cser Publisher.
Police proposed charges against a professional hunter and his helper for killing two Imperial Eagles.
The 2nd International Nature Film Festival will be held between May 18 and 22, 2016 in Gödöllő, and the project starter short movie of the Helicon Life+ is also included in it.