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.
Poisoned red kites were found in Czechia in Hodonín District in the South Moravian Region and in Litoměřice District in North Bohemia. Both birds were equipped with GPS-GSM loggers that showed that birds were not moving. Thanks to this, the Czech Society for Ornithology (CSO) was able to found birds quickly.
A young Eastern Imperial Eagle that was found exhausted on December 30, 2020, in the area of the village of Prigrevica near Apatin, died a few days later in the shelter for wild animals of the "Palić" Zoo. The Bird Protcetion and Study Society of Serbia announced that the laboratory analysis determined that the cause of death was lead poisoning.
In January, 2021, the 18th Hungarian Eagle Census was organized by MME/Birdlife Hungary in collaboration with National Park Directorates and NGOs. In order to present the “Map of Eagles” wintering in the Carpathian Basin, several partner organizations and experts joined the event from the neighbouring countries for the fourth time, all in the scope of the EU’s PannonEagle LIFE programme.