Ongoing autumn migration of bird species wintering south of the equator is reminding us one more time that the Danube river is an extremely important migration corridor for more than 300 bird species.
One of the obstacles for migratory birds on their way, recognized during the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project, are surely power lines.
Three partners from the DANUBEPARKS Network: Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (Romania), Public Institution Kopački Rit Nature Park (Croatia), and Nationalpark Donau-Auen GmbH (Austria) are currently working on the LIFE Danube Free Sky project to establish safer migration routes and habitats along the Danube river.
Planned monitoring activities have already started for most of the project partners and you can find out more about it HERE.
As a result of the LIFE Danube Free Sky project, the visibility of 245 km of power lines and the safety of 3,250 poles will be increased which will make bird migration safer. Hopefully, these project activities will increase the population of the 12 target species: The Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus), The European roller (Coracias garrulus), The Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), The Corn Crake (Crex crex), The Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris), The Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug), The Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis), The Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus), The Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga), The Great Bustard (Otis tarda), The Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), The Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus).