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August 3, 2021 at 8:15 am #899clive
GREFA continues its work on the re introduction of endangered and now extinct (in Spain anyway) birds to Spain. The history of the persecution of this eagle species is horrifying to say the least…..
The first two years of the project have been conceived as an experimental phase in which new reintroduction techniques based on GREFA’s long experience in the recovery of large birds of prey will be tested. After this phase, an assessment will be made of the results obtained in relation to the adaptation and integration of the birds released into the ecosystem.
August 3, 2021 at 8:30 am #900Helen
Oh that is great news…. I remember a few years ago some huge excitement in the birding world because of a white tailed eagle photographed by a camera trap in the Monte Perdido area…
Here’s the original report from El Mundo: https://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2007/03/26/ciencia/1174923442.html
Breathe and try to be nice to people 🙂August 3, 2021 at 8:55 am #901Dave
And looking at some groups and conversations on some social networks, the polemics have already started…. People saying that this is a rewilding and not a re introduction project etc etc… No proof that the species bred on the Iberian peninsular and more…..
It makes sense to me that they were present in the north of Spain or at the very least used this area as wintering grounds…
The article from Extremadura birding is quite useful for some history of this species in Spain.
Living the dream!August 3, 2021 at 2:14 pm #902Carl
Here is a PDF of a very concise article that pretty much says that white tailed eagles were never in the Iberian Peninsular as a breeding species…. Thus the project is a rewilding one and not a re introduction…
However, I kind of agree with Dave in that if this eagle had not been persecuted, poisoned and destroyed across the entirety of its range then undoubtedly it would have occupied suitable habitat at some point in the Iberian peninsular expanding its range as all species do…..August 16, 2021 at 9:04 am #909Carl
And a very good article on the cronica verde website… They make some good points.. (In Spanish but there is an auto translator that works pretty well)
September 10, 2021 at 8:55 am #989Rachel
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This subject has gone very quiet and I am sure that GREFA have removed posts and articles from both facebook and their website… hmmmmmmmOctober 8, 2021 at 6:14 am #1086Dave
Now the livestock farmers in the area where they are planned to be released have set up an opposition to the re introduction.
Living the dream!
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