MME and its partners have been implementing the “Conservation of Imperial Eagles in Hungary” Life project from 2012 through 2016. The main goal of the 75% EU funded project, which has a budget of 600 million forints, is to find a solution to one of Europe’s worst raptor poisoning issues.
Traditional agricultural farming had survived through more than a thousand years and with its mosaic, small parcels and widespread practice of grazing formed and maintained the characteristic landscape of the Great Plains. This lifestyle had always functioned in a self-sustaining way offering habitat for all kinds of animals, which learnt how to exploit these possibilities.
“Viktorija” the young female Imperial Eagle fledged in Macedonia in 2013. Associates of MME and the Macedonian NGO Nature Conservation Association AQUILA satellite-tagged her in the nest on July 1st, 2013.
This autumn, broadcasting, which can be followed via internet, has started again at the feeding station for the second time.
The area of operation of the HELICON LIFE+ programme is in the Jászság, since the majority of the Hungarian population lives here. Therefore, this region and the Jászberény ZOO, which operates here have special importance in the conservation of the species.
The world’s biggest conservation partnership – BirdLife International – has announced that vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. In a bid to stop this important family of birds slipping towards extinction in Europe and Africa, they have launched a global campaign asking for public support to Stop Vulture Poisoning Now.
The globally threatened imperial eagle reaches the southern and southwestern border of its distribution in Asia Minor, however, there had been scanty data available regarding the local breeding population until recently.
The Imperial Eagle Visitor Centre is one of the most important elements of the HELICON LIFE project running from 2012 through 2016. It is located near the road that goes to Jászárokszállás about seven kilometers far from Jászberény.
The Klapka György Elementary and Vocational School and Special School of Jászberény won the “Eco-School” title for the third time. Environmental education forms an integral part of its educational programme. It came natural for them to participate in the campaign of the Environment and Nature Protection, the National Association of Training Centres, which aimed to introduce and protect Natura 2000 areas.
Due to severe weather sweeping through the area near Dévaványa in the Kőrös-Maros National Park Directorate, an Imperial Eagle nest fell off a tree on July 10th..