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.
Its distance is ideal for anyone visiting the Jászberény ZOO, where bikes can be rented and a 3.5 km long educational path runs from there to the IE Centre. It is supposed to present the habitat of the species in the Jászság.
The Centre has been being built here for a reason. The Jászság SPA located in the Hortobágyi NP holds the densest breeding population of the Imperial Eagle in the country. It is also important for other wintering raptor species whose lives can be followed via internet through a web camera .
The Imperial Eagle Centre will have a key role in raptor research, nature conservancy and raising public awareness. There will also be built those special aviaries where injured or poisoned eagles can be held until their recovery. Besides these, an exhibition, an apartment for the project workers, accommodation for researchers and open-air school students, and the educational path starts from here, as well.
A short access road takes the visitor to the Imperial Eagle Visitor Centre from the main
road between Jászárokszállás and Jászberény.
The walls are standing already, …
… as well as the roofing.
The main building with the habitation in front and the accommodations upstairs,
which still need roof.
Aviaries will be in the backyard.
Tibor Juhász (right), warden of the HNPI shows Dr. Márton Horváth, leader of the
HELICON programme where the accommodations will be
(Photos: Zoltán Orbán).