Iberia and Migres Foundation transport 19 sea eagle chicks
Tuesday 28, June 2011
Iberia flew 19 sea eagle chicks from Berlin to Madrid and then on to Seville in southern Spain, where they will eventually be freed as part of a project to reintroduce the species, which disappeared from Spanish skies in the 1960s.
The project in which Iberia cooperates, is backed by the Migres Foundation and by the Andalusian Environemental Agency. The sea eagle project is directed by Miguel Ferrer, a research professor at the Doñana Biological Station, operated by Spain's Advanced Scientific Research Council (CSIC).
The chicks travelled yesterday in an Iberia flight from Berlin, and after a brief stop in Madrid, landed in Seville at 20.55 h., from where they were taken to the station at the Doñana wildlife reserve on Spain south-western Atlantic coast.
This is the second year that Iberia has contributed to this initiative to re-introduce the white-headed or "bald" eagle, aslo know as the fishing eagle, into Andalusia, specifically the Marismas del Odiel Nature Site in Huelva province, and the Barbate river dam in the Alcornocales Nature Park in Cadiz.
Iberia has been involved in the protection of endangered species on numerous occasions, and since 2007 has engaged a campaign on behalf of endangered Spanish wildlife, christening fifteen of its aircraft with such names as the Iberian Lynx, the Brown Bear, and the Iberian Imperial Eagle. The idea is to publicise Spain's biodiversity far and wide, and to raise awareness of the need to protect and preserve it.
The Migres Foundation is a non-profit group created in 2004 to study and publicise the impact of climate change on migratory bird species.
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