'Reason for Hope'

Reintroduction of the Northern  Bald Ibis in Europe

Training camp

This year, the flight training with the hand-raised Northern Bald Ibises takes place at the camp in Heiligenberg near Lake Constance. The 32 young birds which hatched in the sedentary breeding colony of Tierpark Rosegg in Carinthia are raised and trained by their foster mothers Anne-Gabriela Schmalstieg and Helena Wehner. 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 an 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.
We offer guided tours for visitors of the camp. These hourly tours take place every day from 01:00-05:00 pm. Outside of these hours, the camp will be closed for visitors.

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

Location of the training camp: airfield Heiligenberg (47.832408°, 9.299583°)