The poison and carcass detection dog unit of BirdLife Hungary has already proved its efficiency in the search for poisoned wild animals in the last seven years. However, the unit can also be deployed successfully for other conservation issues; for example detecting unintentional conservation damage by locating the carcasses of protected animals killed during agricultural mowing.
Mima and Mihajlo, the Eastern Imperial Eagle chicks from Serbia will be monitored for the first time with the help of satellite transmitters, the technology that will enable ornithologists from the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia to monitor the movement of the birds in real time, which can ensure the survival of this species.
In February 2021, BirdLife Hungary experts published an article in the Journal of Vertebrate Biology: “Using detection dogs to reveal illegal pesticide poisoning of raptors in
Hungary”, which presents the dog unit’s results of the past seven years with scientific detail, and describes how effective search dogs are in locating carcasses. This article is an excerpt from this publication.
Three poisoned marsh harriers were found in Czechia in Kolín District. Two females and a male were probably poisoned by forbidden poison carbofuran. Cadavers have been taken over by the criminal police which currently works on investigating cases. This year the police has taken over 20 cases of poisoned animals from Czech Society for ornithology so far. Since 2017 it's been 94 cases that the police took over from CSO.