A week ago we reported that Panni, the rescued Imperial Eagle had visited 9 countries already. Since then, she flew over another country new for her: Moldova. After leaving it, she turned to the West and entered Romania. She is probably heading to her favourite places, east of the Tisza River.
The European Union launched its LIFE programme, a funding instrument to support environmental policy 20 years ago, in 1992. Due to its co-financed projects the Hungarian populations of the Red-footed Falcon, the Great Bustard and the Saker Falcon have increased; the Hungarian Meadow Viper has escaped extinction, environmentally compatible habitat management of grasslands has been revived as well as the wildlife of the alkaline steppes of the Hortobágy.
Panni has become well-known after being robbed from the nest in Heves County May, 2011. She was sold later on to someone, but now she seems to do fine after having been sorely tried. Recently she has been wandering around the areas preferred by Imperial Eagles.
MME and the Ministry of Rural Development recently announced that both would open an account with the amount of 100,000 forints, respectively. Anyone can receive reward upon providing information about crime committed against protected birds.
Direct persecution of protected and strictly protected species of Birds of Prey was always a problem in Hungary. In the first months of the year, this has reached a level never experienced before. During this period, 72 victims of protected and strictly protected species have turned up already. The combined conservation value of them is more than 20 million forints, but the real number is most likely multiple of this.
MME in collaboration with competent National Parks has launched its action to protect Imperial Eagle nests on certain SPAs with the help of volunteers. The action is organized within the framework of HELICON - Conservation of Imperial Eagles by managing human-eagle conflicts in Hungary LIFE+ programme.
Four different White-tailed Eagles died in the Duna-Dráva National Park in the past few weeks, probably due to poisoning – as the NP Directorate reported to the MTI.
A young Imperial Eagle was shot dead with a shot-gun near the town, Túrkeve. The incident happened in February, but the cause of death got only revealed now. The perpetrator may face up to three years of prison. The Hortobágyi National Park pressed charges against the perpetrator for damaging nature- Ákos Monoki, associate of the HNP, said.
Around one dozen of protected birds of prey succumbed to poisoning in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County. Unknown persons put out a chicken head, dipped in poison, in a seven-hectare swampy patch of forest, near Kisvárda.
Crime against birds showed a dramatic increase in the past few years. MME was awarded financial support by the EU’s LIFE conservation fund hand in hand with eight other partner organizations. The goal of the project is to stop the persecution of birds, primarily the Imperial Eagles. We held our first press conference of the five-year program in the headquarters of the National Investigation Office.