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Latest news from the field monitoring of the Saker falcons released by the team of the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center

Latest news from the field monitoring of the Saker falcons released by the team of the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center

24.06.2019
This season, within project „Reintroduction of the Saker falcon in Bulgaria” we have released 8 birds in total, all hatched in the Green Balkans’ Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center.

Currently, in the adaptation aviary, only one of the Sakers is still present, which hasn’t yet left the cage and the only food it has is provided by us. We feed the bird twice a day – in the morning and in the afternoon, to make sure it will grow strong and will fledge. The rest of the Sakers have already left the hack, as only one of them regularly returns to the cage for food.

The falcons which have already left, are now adapting to the wild, as we have also observed successful hunting attempts, which is a sign that the birds are already independent. Our team continues taking care of them, as once a day we provide food on the feeder, which is installed near the hack.

Interesting is the presence of the Saker falcon 1K, hatched in the Rescue center in 2016, which was released the very same year within the project. The bird was observed a few times this season and it is a good sign that it has returned to its “native” forest.

This gives us the hope that the return of the species in Bulgaria is possible and we also have real results about that – the first successful wild pair, which has nested in 2018.

The breeding and reintroduction of Saker falcons is realisez with the financial support by Armeec JSC.

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