Iberia carriers fish eagle chicks
Thursday 1, January 1970
18 chicks flew with Iberia from Berlin to Seville. For third year running, the airline is lending its support to the Migres Foundation’s efforts to reintroduce this species in Andalusia, where it became extinct in the 1960s.
Iberia flight IB3551 yesterday, which left Berlin at 13:14 h. and landed in Madrid at 16:14, was carrying some very special passengers: 18 fish eagle chicks which flew on with Iberia Express to Seville, landing at 21:00 h. The eagle chicks, belonging to a species that became extinct in Spain’s southern Andalusia region in the 1960s, travelled in ten special cages to fly in the cargo hold.
For the third consecutive year Iberia is lending its cooperation to the Migres Foundation in its efforts to reintroduce the species to the region. Since 2010 the airline has carried 56 fish eagle chicks donated by the Brandenburg Wildfowl Conservation Centre in Germany. The young birds of prey will be taken to their new homes in the wetlands reserve known as the Paraje Natural Marismas de Odiel in the province of Huelva, and the reservoir on the Barbate river in the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales in the province of Cadiz. Since Andalusian environmental authorities launched the project in 2003, with the participation of the Doñana Biological Research Station and the Migres Foundation, a total of 146 fish eagle chicks have been introduced, and a number of them have since reached maturity and had chicks of their own in the two provinces.
Iberia has been involved in protecting endangered species on numerous occasions. Since 2007 the company has carried out a campaign to publicise threatened Spanish species, naming 15 of its aircraft for them, including the Iberian lynx and the Iberian imperial eagle. The aim is to publicise Spain’s rich biodiversity at all the company’s destinations and to help raise consciousness over the need to protect and preserve it.
The Migres Foundation is a non-profit created in 2004 to study and promote the welfare of migratory bird species in the context of climate change.
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