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An overview of the seasonal prophylactic examination of the Lesser Kestrels at Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center

An overview of the seasonal prophylactic examination of the Lesser Kestrels at Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center

15.08.2014
The birds belong to the breeding group established within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project.
 
After the end of the active breeding season of the Lesser Kestrels (Falco naumanni), Green Balkans’ team performed the regular seasonal check-up. The birds belong to the breeding stock established at the Wildlife Rescue Center within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project, implemented under the LIFE program of the European Union. We, hereby, remind that most of the birds in this breeding stock were provided for the project purposes by our partner DEMA, in cooperation with the local government of Extremadura, Spain.
 
While breeding and rearing their offspring, the birds get exhausted by the constant caretaking of the chicks. In the meantime, due to the limited access to the Lesser Kestrels’ breeding aviaries, and in order to avoid disturbance of the incubating pairs at critical moments of the breeding process, no detailed monitoring of their general condition is carried out during this period. All this necessitates the performance of a thorough check-up of the birds after the end of the breeding season. Proper assessment of the birds’ condition gives Green Balkans’ team an idea of the need of any extra care, deparasitation, supportive therapy or even some cosmetic procedures such as correction of beaks and claws. Thanks to these specialized manipulations, the birds get well prepared for the cold winter months and the following breeding season.
 
Thus, on August 5th and 6th, the team of Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center performed thorough veterinary examinations of all 48 Lesser Kestrels, part of the breeding stock at the Center. The conclusion of the experts was that the birds were in good health after the breeding season and, considering the fact that most of them were yearlings, moulted intensively. The obligatory veterinary manipulations and activities typical of this particular period were carried out and the Lesser Kestrel flock is now well prepared for the upcoming autumn and winter.
 
Keeping the Lesser Kestrels from the breeding stock at the Center in good condition is a crucial precondition for the production and rearing of numerous and healthy generation of chicks to be released into the wild the following year. Thus, hopefully, we will facilitate and support the recovery of the Lesser Kestrel as a breeding species in Bulgaria.
 
 
 
For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Project Manager
Mobile: +359 885 609 289; Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org
 
Hristina Klisurova - Veterinary
PR, Wildlife Rescue Center
Mobile: +359 886 570 053; E-mail: hhristova@greenbalkans.org