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Habicht, Vogel des Jahres

HabichtHeimlichkeit ist für den Habicht oberstes Gebot. Das mit braunem Tropfenmuster versehene Brust- und Bauchgefieder der Jungvögel löst die Konturen seines Körpers visuell auf, ebenso die im Altersgefieder quer verlaufenden dunklen Streifen, die Sperberung. Häufig sucht der Habicht (Accipiter gentilis) sichere Deckung zwischen Ästen und Blättern auf.

Zum Zweck des Vogelschutzes soll er nun aus seiner Anonymität hervorgeholt werden. Der Habicht ist der „Vogel des Jahres 2015“, wie in Berlin zuletzt von 2 Naturschutzverbänden bekanntgegeben wurde. Warum haben der Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nabu) und der Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern (LBV) den Habicht nun zum „Vogel des Jahres 2015“ gewählt?

Laut Erklärung des NABU und LBV soll die Benennung eines „Vogel des Jahres“ ein aktuelles Continue reading Habicht, Vogel des Jahres

Kuckuck, wo bist du? – Cuckoo, where are you?

Common Cuckoo in flightMigration time for the Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). Hopefully, at this moment, a  Cuckoo namend “Prinzregent” has reached tropical Africa already. For this endavour, the young Cuckoo has flown nearly 8,000 arduous kilometers. But where is he now. When he will return back in spring?

Answers to these questions are now monitored by a project of the “Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern e.V” (Bavarian society for the protection of birds) (LBV). The LBV-action “Cuckoo, where are you?” is now online. The Internet site www.lbv.de/ cuckoo , can be used to follow live the route of “Princeregent” and 13 other cuckoos. For this purpose, the animals were fitted with satellite transmitters.

About  the resting areas and the routes of Cuckoos breeding in Germany, and about her life in Africa, little is known. Migration routes and wintering areas of the cuckoo are largely unknown. To change this the LBV will pursue a groundbreaking, international project between 2013 to 2015. Together with partner societies several cuckoos are equipped in Middle and Eastern Europe with high-tech mini-satellite transmitters. Thus, migration routes and wintering areas can be explored. 15 cuckoos for example were equipped with these devices in the Danube Valley near Regensburg in Bavaria.

This project certainly provides exciting new data on migratory behavior and biology of the cuckoo.

Why such an expensive project? The cuckoo is in Germany on the Red List, as its population has fallen in the last 20 years by Continue reading Kuckuck, wo bist du? – Cuckoo, where are you?