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.
Shorty has returned to Switzerland
Since today, October 16, the Northern Bald Ibis "Shorty" is back again in Switzerland. The bird carries a GPS device, it´s current position is between St. Gallen and Uzwil. The female Shorty gained fame in Switzerland, since she lost contact to her experienced fellows during the autumn migration. For lack of knowledge of the appropriate wintering area in Tuscany, she overwintered all by herself in Switzerland near lake Zug.