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Innovative Method Helps the Storks to be Self-Dependent

Innovative Method Helps the Storks to be Self-Dependent

15.08.2010

Under our daily concerns as adoptive parents, "the kids" have already grown up and become beautiful young storks. And it's time for them to take their own way in life. But they would not part willingly, if it depends on them, from the safe yard of the Centre, where the food is provided and they are protected from predators. Therefore, as all good parents should help their children to know new things and to find their own way in life, here we face the question how to provide our storks with maximum easy transition from the childhood into a self-dependent life in freedom.
The innovative method has been developed by our colleague Karney. It provides that kind of gradual transition as it brings little storks, which have been grown up at the Centre, back to nature. The method uses the affection of the little storks for their nest, which give them confidence during their growth and for a time after their flying off. The storks, which have already flown off the nest, continue to come back and stay for the night at the nest. Besides, as they are subjected to stress because they have found themselves at unknown place, the young birds stick to the spot, which they have identified as safe first.
To fulfill this idea, at first we had to find a suitable habitat for our storks, and we found such a fantastic place, full of life. Herons, storks, plovers and birds of prey have already chosen it for their home, because they are attracted by the calmness and the abundance of food. Karney built there 3 nests for the storks, in each of them he put 3-4 birds. Our storks are already able to fly, so they go down to the marshlands and meadows around that are rich of food, and they return to the nest in the evening to spend the night. We observe them every day how they manage to feed themselves, whether they stay aside from people, and whether they come back to their nests… They cope brilliantly with this new challenge. Our fears that they are used to people have not been confirmed. If someone tries to come closer, they fly off and ramble in the air while the danger is gone. We are proud of them!
By using this method, which has not been applied anywhere till now, we have brought back to nature 12 storks from the birds that have been grown up at the Centre. The daily observations prove its effectiveness and we intend to apply it in the future.

For more details about the new method:
Karney Karneev – Rehabilitation Therapist of Wild Animals kkarneev@greenbalkans-wrbc.org
Author:
Lyubomila Krivoshieva – Rehabilitation Therapist of Wild Animals lkrivoshieva@greenbalkans-wrbc.org