On December 12th, 2017 MME/Birdlife received a report from a citizen regarding an Eastern Imperial Eagle run over by a car in the Mátraalja. A ranger from the Bükk National Park collected the body of the adult eagle. The bird was a female, weighing four kilograms and having a wingspan of two metres. MME’s experts took DNA samples and transferred her to the National Animal Health Institute.
On Monday, 08.01.2018., a young imperial eagle was found dead in a field near Apatin in Serbia. The bird named "Desiree" was tagged in Austria, in the north of Burgenland on 22.06.2017. After following it for 201 days and more than 4200 km, the team from BirdLife Austria noticed the movement has stopped on 07.01.2018. Unfortunately the worst case scenario proved to be true.
An information forum was held for farmers at the Eagle Center on the 6th of December, jointly organized by the Hortobágy National Park Directorate and the MME/BirdLife Hungary. Nearby farmers and hunters were invited to listen and to discuss the habitat management plans that will be undertaken by the two organizations in the scope of the PannonEagle LIFE program.
"Samu" and "Carlo", the two new poison and carcass-detection dogs of the Kiskunsági National Park Directorate and MME/BirdLife Hungary have been introduced to the press. As a fruit of the cooperation between these two organizations, the Kiskunság NP will be the first national park in Hungary, where a canine unit helps the efforts to reduce and prevent poisoning cases.
The PannonEagle LIFE International Workshop for the harmonization of national protocols against illegal poisoning of wildlife was successfully organized in Biatorbágy on 23-24th, November. The aim of the meeting was to discuss practical problems with the invited experts on field investigation and veterinarian protocols related to illegal predator poisoning.
The conservation organisations BirdLife and WWF are alarmed. In the most recent publication of the Lower Austrian provincial hunting association (newsletter dated 9.11.2017), raptors are portrayed as scapegoats for low densities of small game, and their shooting is called for in the mid-term. This contradicts the EU Birds Directive and Lower Austrian conservation and hunting law.