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The last Project Monitoring Committee Meeting

The last Project Monitoring Committee Meeting

The last Project Monitoring Committee meeting took place in Vilnius on December 19, 2018. The meeting was attended by the project partners - LOD and AB „Litgrid“ staff, as well as representatives from Ministry of Environment and State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of Environment.

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Dead birds were found during monitoring of electricity lines

Dead birds were found during monitoring of electricity lines

During the monitoring of the electricity lines in September-October 55 dead birds were found. The main migration of various Turdus species was at the end of October. In comparison to the previous year fewer dead individuals of the European Golden Plover were found. This year was dry, therefore conglomerations of birds in the Northern Lithuania were not so abundant.

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Project results were presented at International Swan Symposium in Estonia

Project results were presented at International Swan Symposium in Estonia

The 6th International Swan Symposium was held in Estonia, Tartu, on October 15-19, 2018. Around 60 participants from various countries took part at the event. Participants from China to the USA presented the newest research on the protection of 8 swan species. The biggest emphasis was given to the swan protection at their breeding, roosting and wintering sites. Representative of the Lithuanian Ornithological Society Julius Morkūnas introduced the LOD efforts while improving wintering conditions for swans in Kaunas city. He presented project’s actions, which aim to decrease mortality of swans due to the electrocution at the wintering sites. LOD and project partner AB “Litgrid” installed various visualization measures for increasing the visibility of the electricity lines. Dozens of birds die annually due to the electrocution in Kaunas city near the wintering sites. During the project, practical conservation measures – special markers were installed and thus the lines became more visible for swans and other waterfowl. Julius Morkūnas also shared practical findings of the project how to decrease the danger of electricity lines for birds.

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Projektą „Paukščių apsaugos priemonių įdiegimas Lietuvos aukštos įtampos elektros energijos perdavimo tinkluose“ (LIFE13 BIO/LT/001303) finansuoja Europos Sąjungos aplinkos finansinis mechanizmas „LIFE+“, LR Aplinkos ministerija ir projekto partneriai. Projekto pradžia – 2014 m. birželis, planuojama pabaiga – 2018 m. liepa.