Bonelli’s Eagle Programme in Castellón receives an award

The use of cutting-edge technology called dattaloger represents a huge step forward in terms of the conservation of the species.

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The project "Study of the actual impact of supplementary feeding on the spatial and reproductive ecology of the Bonelli's Eagle in Valencia" has been granted the “Amigo Félix a la Conservación de la Naturaleza” Award by the Association for the Study, Dissemination and Preservation of Nature-Omacha Foundation (EDC Natura-Fundación Omacha).

The project is encompassed within the execution of the collaboration agreement for Biodiversity Conservation currently in place between Red Electrica de España and the Regional Government of Valencia for the coordination of actions, studies and projects that contribute to the improvement of natural areas, habitats and wild species of this community.

The award-winning project that has lasted three years, led by the Vertebrate Zoology Research Group of the University of Alicante, is the study of the effect that supplementary feeding has on the dynamics of the population density of this endangered species. The project is using cutting-edge technology such as datalogger, which consists of a satellite radio transmitter that stores GPS position data of the eagles, sometimes every second, so that accurate information of their behavioural patterns can be obtained. For the moment, four breeding eagle pairs (eight eagles) in the Sierra de Espadán, in Castellón, have been radio-tagged. Also working on the project is the Raptor Study Group of Castellon.

The analysis of the results and the radio-tagging of more pairs will allow an analysis to be carried out and provide a better understanding of the behaviour of these birds. It will also allow standards and guidelines to be established regarding the conservation of large eagles and will provide a more in-depth knowledge of the main threats faced by this scarce species in the wild.

The EDC Natura-Fundación Omacha is a non-governmental organisation with an international reach dedicated to the study, conservation and protection of nature. It has carried out 22 development collaboration projects in different countries in the last 10 years.

 The Vertebrate Zoology Research Group of the University of Alicante, led by Vicente Uríos, is one of the most important groups in the world in the study of the ecology of raptors through satellite tracking.