'Reason for Hope'

Reintroduction of the Northern  Bald Ibis in Europe

Training camp

Like last year, the flight training with the hand-raised Northern Bald Ibises takes place at the camp in Hödingen/Überlingen at Lake Constance. The 33 chicks, which were born in the sedentary breeding colonies of Tierpark Rosegg in Carinthia and the Konrad Lorenz Research Station in Upper Austria, are raised and trained by their foster mothers Corinna Esterer and Anne-Gabriela Schmalstieg. The birds are kept in an aviary, with their foster parents being present at all times. Three to four times a week, a flight training takes place, where the young Ibises are trained to follow the ultralight aircraft. Step by step, the flight formation approaches grasslands with increasing distance to the camp. Around mid of August, the birds are ready for the human-led migration flight towards the common wintering area in southern Tuscany. There, they will meet their free-living conspecifics, and will be integrated in the colony.

From June 8th 2018, we offer guided tours for visitors. These tours take place every day at 11:00 am*, 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm. Outside of these hours, the camp will be closed for visitors.

*Please note that the guided tour at 11:00 am may be cancelled due to an ongoing flight training. Visitors will still have to opportunity to watch the training session from the streets around the camp. Thank you for your understanding.

Guided tours outside the hours mentioned above can be arranged by request via +43 (0) 660 4531945.

Location of the training camp: next to the sports ground Hödingen (47.792853°, 9.140527°)