Friday, August 30, 2013

Wildlife Survey in West Belarus

On mid September 2013 will take place wildlife survey in ecological systems in West Polesia, on wetlands near Pulemenske Lake West Belarus, to check if possible clusters of the golden jackal exists in those habitats. This survey pretends to demonstrate that the one jackal specimen removal of January 2012 is not a casual event and that those habitats are an intermediate station of jackal movements to Neman or Zapadnaya River Basins and Northern Baltic Sea Coast (e.g. Estonia), where in winter 2013 and this summer 2 jackal specimens were killed (see full report here).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

La longue marche du chacal doré

As we published few months ago,
La Liberté pointed again:

Jackals in Switzerland
La longue marche du chacal doré (here) La LIBERTÉ PDF

 (Copyrighted Lapini & Banea 2013, modified after Arnold 2011)

Rhone River

We believe that soon or later the jackal will enter in France, on Rhone River catchment following the river until La Camargue, the home to more than 400 species of birds, including flamingo.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

White-tailed Eagle in Jackal Ecological Network

Vanishing Vultures in Indian Peninsula, Jackal with.. relation to look in Europe

First Vulture Restaurant (wildlife observatory) was opened in Romania. In this scene appeared the golden jackal. One can understand, easily, the competition between both scavengers on local level. If we look to larger scale and if we try to see the scarcity of vulture populations, maybe we understand the increasing population trend of other competitors as jackal or feral (stray) dogs.

Munir Virani talks in Nairobi TED Talks on May 2012 (here) about species protection activities and the importance of the vulture's ecology. The Eolian Parks negative impact on bird's population is discussed, too.

After Network 2013, Crispus and Yoluka NGOs Summer Survey in RAMSAR Units SE Romania (see report here), we must include another species into the jackal ecological network, in this case with horizontally relations, the vulture.

White-tailed Eagle in Danube Delta (Source: Skua Nature and Ultima Frontiera Touristic Complex)

Haliaeetus albicilla IUCN Category and (2012) Digital Distribution Map

Ecology, Threats and Conservation of the White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 

BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Haliaeetus albicilla

The species requires large and open expanses of lake, coast or river valley, within the boreal, temperate and tundra zones, nearby to undisturbed cliffs or open stands of large, old-growth trees for nesting. Its food is vertebrates (fish, mammals and especially birds), from marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. It is mainly migratory in the north and east of its breeding range, but sedentary elsewhere.

Threats that affect this species include loss and degradation of wetlands, human disturbance and persecution, environmental pollution, collision with wind generators (Krone and Scharnweber 2003), and indiscriminate use of poisons. Modern forestry methods reduce the availability of suitable nesting habitat. Although some losses may be taking place in Asian Russia owing to increased logging and oil industry development, these are outweighed by increases in Europe.

Conservation actions under-way
CITES Appendix I and II. CMS Appendix I and II.

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