Start of one of the largest european species conservation projects
The Northern Bald Ibis is a migratory bird which was native in Central Europe until the 17th century, before it became extinct due to the huge hunting pressure. Today the Northern Bald Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species worldwide. In the context of an EU project (LIFE+ Biodiversity), with partners in Austria, Italy and Germany, the species is to be reintroduced in Europe.
Waldrappteam LIFE + 12-BIO_AT_000143
The flight with the Bald Ibis: Successful human-led migration 2014 finalized
On September 4, a group of 14 Northern Bald Ibises (Geronticus eremita) reached the southern Tuscany/Italy. The juvenile birds followed two foster parents in microlight aircrafts from Salzburg/Austria over the Alps and the Apennines. At the wintering area Laguna di Orbetello, a WWF Oasi, the young birds met their free-living conspecifics; they now live independently as migratory birds. The flights of up to 301 km nonstop and up to an altitude of 2.450 m msl are an unmatched record performance. The journey was filmed by a TV team out of a helicopter. In addition, the flight paths of each bird were recorded by GPS data loggers, 85.000 position points per individual.
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