Raptor Conservation Department of MME will organize the 11th National Eagle Count between 17th and 19th of January, in collaboration with HELICON LIFE programme, national park directorates and other NGOs, as well.
Nowadays, web cameras enable us to get an insight of birds’ lives, like never before. Cameras play an important role in species protection and raise public awareness in relation to birds of prey. Helicon LIFE+ has also utilized this technology to fight against bird crime, especially poisoning.
Another case of bird crime was revealed again last week. A local hunter found a poisoned Imperial Eagle in very bad condition, in the Duna-Ipoly National Park. Due to the finder and conservation organizations acting quick, the bird’s life could be saved in the Budapest Zoo.
Positive trends may show in the procedure to stop bird crime and poaching: arraignment on nature damaging charges, final judgement in animal cruelty and arraignment on charges of animal cruelty. Conservation organizations and hunting associations welcome this development, as more than hundred cases remained unrevealed to which more than thousand birds fell victim.
Habitat degradation in agricultural areas is a common thing all over Europe. Changes in agrarian landscapes have induced irreversible processes in communities of different bird species, of which we already reported on our website. Earlier this was confined to Western Europe, but nowadays this phenomenon has reached Hungary as well, causing a reduction in populations of common birds in the past few decades.
Christina Avanzano visited Hungary within the framework of an international exchange programme between police services of the EU. She works for the Corpo Forestalle dello Stato (CFS) in Italy.
2013 októberében rendezték meg az olaszországi Gran Sasso - Monti della Laga Nemzeti Parkban az ANTIDOTO Life+ projekt két napos záró konferenciája. Az Olaszország és Spanyolország között létrejött természetvédelmi program fő célja az illegálisan használt mérgek, vegyszerek használatának visszaszorítása, ami a legnagyobb fenyegetést jelenti az Európában élő emlős nagyragadozókra és ragadozómadarakra.
Webcams got installed at a nest of an Imperial Eagle pair for the first time in the world at the end of last year. Unfortunately, the pair started their breeding season in another nest within the territory. Nevertheless, hoping to get lucky in 2014 we left all three cameras at the nest and the one with motion-sensors recorded everything happened in the ’empty’ nest.
Although, most poisoning cases are revealed during the winter, the „season” seems to start earlier year by year.
On behalf of the MME/Birdlife Hungary, the Medián opinion polls and market research Institute carried out research on the familiarity of birds of prey in Hungary. This study was realized within the framework of LIFE10NAT/HU/000019 „Helicon-Conservation of the Imperial Eagle in Hungary” LIFE+ project of MME.