The Hellenic Ornithological Society and the famous AEK FC presented their common project for the conservation and monitoring of Eagles in various Greek areas in a press conference held at the HOS Auditorium in A. Tritsis Park and attended, among others, by administration members and players of the team.
This project will primarily focus on two endangered eagle species, the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciatus), and will be implemented in two specific Greek regions: East-Central Macedonia and Peloponnese.
East-Central Macedonia is probably the area with the highest density of breeding Golden Eagles in Greece; therefore all actions will focus on the protection and conservation of this species. Initiatives will be taken for the establishment and operation of a Vulture Feeding Station along with the use of satellite telemetry in order to monitor the species.
Peloponnese, on the other hand, with the exception of insular Greece, is where most Bonelli’s Eagle pairs occur, while there are also some Golden Eagle pairs. The actions at the region include satellite monitoring of the Bonelli’s Eagle movements as well as a camera installation in a selected nest.
It is worth noting that this project will be most beneficial not only to the target-species (Golden Eagle and Bonelli’s Eagle) but also to many other endangered species in GREECE.
As Mr. George Sgouros, Director of the HOS, stated:
“We are most delighted that AEK FC, a team of such caliber and popularity, has taken the initiative to fund actions that will help us address critical threats to the protected species. It is our hope that this cooperation will raise public awareness on contemporary environmental challenges and on urgently needed measures to actively protect the birds and the environment.”