The project is developing fast and brings a lot of interesting news, knowledge and results. We are ready to share this all with you.
The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) is doing well in two restored localities in the Slovak Karst (Gemerská Hôrka and Hrhov). Winter survived about 330 individuals, which is considered to be a great success with their high mortality during hibernation. In the areas that were cleaned from the bushes and trees within LIFE Energy project expand sousliks. We are currently watching young sousliks learning how to walk and eat separately.
15th to 16th June will take place at the Agrokomplex Exhibition Center in Nitra and at the interesting localities in the area, a unique event called "Ekofestival", which will include a conference. The purpose of the event is to share the latest, scientifically and practice proven methods of modern nature conservation, to establish interdisciplinary (scientists, state and non-governmental conservationists) and international cooperation and, in particular, an attempt to unify the (perhaps unnecessarily) fragmented opinions of the conservation community in order to create and coordinate a common stream that will protect our nature even more effectively than before.
Consoles of power pylons represent a very attractive place for birds in the open country. If the neighborhood is not nearby vegetation, such an elevated seating place provides predators in particular a suitable point for observing prey and if necessary defense of the territory. In many cases, electric pylons and consoles are a risk to abutting species. Západoslovenská distribučná installed during International Day for Biological Diversity insulators on electric power lines.
European sousliks, ground squirrels, are doing well at two revival localities, Gemerská Hôrka and Hrhov in Slovenský kras. 330 of them survived the winter, which is a significant number when taking into consideration the high death rate during hibernation.
Exactly on Easter Monday, a local citizen spotted near the village of Bánov (in the district of Nové Zámky) a great bustard. He became the first person to observe a great drop in the Nitrianska pahorkatina after 30 years.
Slovakia is an important crossing of bird migration routes. Even though the winter does not seem to farewell to us, now is the time for the return of many domestic species as well as the departure of winter guests. The process of nesting has been starting- from selection of partner and territory, through mating or egg yield.
The Lesser Spotted Eagle in the surrounding of Košice can be observed in the nearby Volovské and Slanské vrchy. The exhibition, focused on the Lesser Spotted Eagle, can be visited directly in the city center of Košice- in the Východoslovenské múzeum (East Slovak Museum).
We invite you to the opening of the exhibition "High on the wings - What we know about the lesser spotted eagle".
Since the calendar spring remains less than a month. In the animal kingdom, some species still sleep, others winter in Africa and some are already nesting. The sleep recorder is the alpine marmot in the Tatra Mountains - it sleeps up to 7 months of the year. White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and owls begin to nest in cold days.
In Slovakia, only 55 pairs of Imperial eagle nested in 2017, of which 36 pairs in eastern Slovakia. The young eagles are very vulnerable and the rescue of each eagle is very important. That's why the Východoslovenská distribučná, a.s. installs protective elements for electric lines. Eagles around their nests will be safe a protected in the other two SPAs.
In January, ornithologists controlled the places of occurrence of rare raptor species. The number of Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle and Saker Falcon is known already, the data obtained will be used for protection of these endangered species. Monitored areas and habitats of verified presence of mentioned species are illustrated in the map here.
If you see people in the surroundings of the power line in next days, do not be afraid. These may be mappers who monitor the LIFE Energy project in order to find out, how birds react to the so-called flight diverters.
The year 2017 brought several ornithological attractions. This trend also continues in the year 2018. Birdwatchers stated large appearance of Common Redpolls, a new species discovery for Slovakia, and an unusual crossbreed. Hybrid of the Eurasian blackcap and the garden warbler was caught near Prievidza by Roman Slobodník and Vladimír Slobodník.A new species for Slovakia (in the order of 363) became the Red-flanked Bluetail. The latest experts are experiencing often views of the Ural owl in the lowland, outside the area of its known nesting. At the clinic in Košice treated mainly traumatized individuals, most often injured after a collision with cars.
Birds (many of them) have the ability to see UV (ultraviolet) light, which we humans cannot see.
The territory of Slovakia is interlaced by an increasingly dense network of electric power lines in a total length of about 35 thousand kilometers. For birds, the wires in their flight trajectory are dangerous obstructions. Therefore, ornithologists, in cooperation with energy companies, carry out a number of activities, that help to create favourable conditions for their safe flight, nesting and searching for food.
At the end of the August, a young saker falcon was returned into the wild. It belongs to one of the rarest bird species living in Slovakia. The falcon was found back in July by the member of Raptor Protection of Slovakia Jozef Mihók, nearby the nest it flew out from. Another RPS member, Ján Lipták, handed the falcon to expert care. After a successful rehabilitation, this precious patient was ready to be released.
Origins of bird ringing reach back to the 18th century. First such tagged birds were swallows, when ornithologists tried to prove that they migrate South, with the help of a piece of twine. Foundations of systematic ringing were laid a hudred years ago by Hans Christian Cornelius Mortensen, who started to tag starlings nesting in his nest boxes.
One of the most common questions we are frequently asked is whether birds do abandon their nestlings after their contact with people. With the exception of vultures, sense of smell does not play as important role for most of birds of prey, as it does for some mammals.