National workshop dealing with the joint action against bird poisoning

Monitoring Committee of the HELICON LIFE+ project and the Anti-Poisoning Working Group of the Hungarian Raptor Conservation Council held a workshop on November 20th, 2014.

Conservationists, national park rangers, scientists, vets and investigators gathered together to share their experience gained in the past almost three years of the HELICON Programme.

Within this full-day event, several discussions were held about how to discover poisoning cases in the field, how to secure crime scenes, the procedure of a police investigation and also how to provide first aid to poisoned birds. Main goal of the subsequent debate was to fine-tune the previously prepared protocols. These documents are supposed to help the police, investigators, judges, prosecutors, vets, hunters and agricultural workers who are normally not experts, but involved in crime cases.


The event was held in the Imperial Eagle Lecture Room in the Jászberény ZOO, …


…. project partner of HELICON.


The conference started with Dr. Márton Horváth’s talk, who is the project leader.


Dr. Endre Sós, the vet of the Budapest ZOO, another project partner, followed him …


… presented the veterinarian protocol.


Tibor Juhász ranger at Hortobágyi National Park Directorate …


… shared his experience in discovering poisoning cases, and how to secure the scene, he
gained while in the field.  


Gábor Deák MME’s dog-handler …


… had a presentation on the results of the use of detection-dog both internationally
and nationally.


Anyone working on poisoning cases has to be familiar with the police, judicial, prosecution
procedures so that perpetrators may get proper punishment set by the law. Ákos Horváth
police lieutenant from the National Bureau of Investigation discussed this matter.


Last presentation of the day was that of Krisztián Szabó …


… and Szilvia Kovács, …


… scientists from the Genetics and Biotechnology Research Group of the Szent István
University held a presentation about the results of their genetic analyses of different
populations in Central Europe, the Balkans, Asia Minor and Central Asia.


Participants from all the ten national parks …


received …


… field …


… unit packs …


… containing all the necessary tools to secure a poisoning crime scene, …


… moreover a protocol description, …


… identification tags and examination ordering card.


Nearly sixty people took part in the meeting.


At the end of the day, we paid a visit to  …


the Imperial Eagle Visitor Centre, which is still under construction (Photos: Zoltán Orbán).

 

Zoltán Orbán

 

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