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Preventing raptor electrocution: AQUILA a-LIFE (LIFE16 NAT/ES/000235)

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AQUILA a-LIFE wants to increase the presence of Bonelli´s eagle (Aquila fasciata) in the Western Mediterranean and reverse the declining trend of its population. This project could be considered as the second part of LIFE BONELLI because the reintroduction and reinforcement of wildlife projects often requires several stages for development. The first stage will be to deal with the main threats to the Bonelli´s eagle, with particular attention to the prevention and reduction of electrocutions. This will be achieved through the joint work of different key sectors, such as electrical companies, local administrations and experts in the subject. As the Bonelli´s eagle have similar problems (especially electrocutions) with other raptor species, this project will benefit them as well. Some examples of raptor species that will benefit from this project are: Iberian imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti), Golden eagle (Aquila chrysateos) and Short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus). At the beginning of the year 2019, AQUILA a-LIFE inaugurated a free on-line course, called “Power lines and Birds” which guarantees an accredited diploma at the end. In less than a year 2140 people have signed up and 837 people have already finished it. At the same time, a white paper is being compiled with all the information that has been collected about electrocutions and collisions in Spain. It will be published in 2020. GREFA’s Power line team has developed an application to register information related to dangerous power lines and deaths from electrocution and collisions. This way, the extent of the problem that is threatening our birds will be established. This initiative was developed in 2018 and so far 6,890 pylons have been registered and 628 deaths recorded. Thanks to the agreements obtained with electrical companies and private owners, they have managed to improve more than 640 dangerous pylons during the first two years of the project. All the information obtained is being used in multiple scientific publications. Thanks to the help of these sectors, we can minimize the main cause of unnatural mortality of most raptors.
INTRODUCTION
AQUILA a-LIFE wants to increase the presence of Bonelli eagle (Aquila fasciata) in the Western
Mediterranean and reverse the declining trend of its population. This project could be
considered as the second part of LIFE BONELLI because the reintroduction and reinforcement
of wildlife projects often requires several stages for development.
The first stage will be to deal with the main threat to the Bonelli eagles, with particular
attention to the prevention and reduction of electrocutions. This will be achieved through the
joint work of different key sectors, such as electrical companies, local administrations and
experts in the subject.
As the Bonelli eagles have similar problems (especially electrocutions) with other raptor
species, this project will benefit them as well. Some examples of raptor species that will
benefit from this project are: Iberian imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti), Golden eagle (Aquila
chrysateos) and Short-toed eagle (Circaetus gallicus).
Action Lines and Results
At the beginning of the year 2019, AQUILA a-LIFE inaugurated a free on-line course, called
“Power lines and Birds” which guarantees an accredited diploma at the end. In less than a year
2140 people have signed up and 837 people have already finished it.At the same time, a white
paper is being compiled with all the information that has been collected about electrocutions
and collisions in Spain. It will be published in 2020.
GREFAs Power line team has developed an application to register information related to
dangerous power lines and deaths from electrocution and collisions. This way, the extent of
the problem that is threatening our birds will be established. This initiative was developed in
2018 and so far 6,890 pylons have been registered and 628 deaths recorded.
Thanks to the agreements obtained with electrical companies and private owners, they have
managed to improve more than 640 dangerous pylons during the first two years of the project.
All the information obtained is being used in multiple scientific publications.
Final Conclusion
Thanks to a multiple approach implying all sectors we can minimize
the main cause of unnatural mortality of most raptors.
“PREVENTING RAPTOR ELECTROCUTION:
AQUILA a-LIFE (Life 16 NAT/ES/000235)”
Juan José Iglesias1, Ernesto Álvarez1, Manuel Galán1, Carlota Viada1, Sergio de la
Fuente1, Pablo Izquierdo1, Juan Pablo Díaz1, Justo Martín1, José Enrique
Martínez1, Juan Martínez1and Beatriz Clavero1.
GREFA: Group for the rehabilitation of Native Wildlife and its habitat C/Monte del Pilar s/n Majadahonda
Madrid.28220. jjiglesias@grefa.org.
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