'Reason for Hope'

Reintroduction of the Northern  Bald Ibis in Europe

Training camp

We´re starting with the preparations for the human-led migration! The expected start date - depending on the weather - is August 14th. Due to the work we have to do, the training camp in Hödingen will be closed for visitors from Wednesday, August 9th. However, there are still two more training flights planned, one of them on the upcomping Wednesday. Those who are interested in the flight training can watch from the sports field or from the street!

This year – for the first time – our training camp is located at Hödingen/Überlingen at Lake Constance. 31 young Northern Bald Ibises out of the sedentary breeding colony from Tierpark Rosegg and Konrad Lorenz research station Grünau are trained to follow a microlight aircraft. Corinna Esterer and Anne-Gabriela Schmalstieg hand-raise and train the birds. The birds are kept in an aviary, with their foster parents being present at all times. Three to four times a week the birds are trained to follow the microlight with their foster parents on board; by and by, grasslands with increasing distance to the training camp are approached. Presumably mid of August the human-led migration will start. The hand-raised Northern Bald Ibises will be led in stages from the training camp to the common wintering area in Tuscany. There, they will join their free-living conspecifics; after an adjustment period they will be integrated in the colony.
At the training camp, a visitor´s guide is implemented. Visitors are welcome from 08:30 to 19:00. For larger groups of visitors we ask to notify us in advance. Free guided tours may also be arranged by appointment. We also ask to consider the notice boards on site.
Location of the training camp: near the sports ground Hödingen (47.792853°, 9.140527°)

Information and application: +43 (0) 660 4531945; info[at]waldrapp.eu