Reproductive success is not guaranteed!

Reproductive success is not guaranteed!

A Bonelli’s Eagle couple has been monitored by the LIFE Bonelli eastMed team during the last two years in a picturesque area of the Rethymno region, Crete. Unfortunately, this couple did not achieve successful reproduction during both these years: no offspring was produced, despite of the female laying two eggs every year and incubating them carefully.

This failed effort poses the following questions: Is there a microbiological factor that prevents incubation? Is the reason related to any form of toxicological or biological factors?

There is only one way to track down the problem: taking samples from the eggs. So, this year, as soon as the mature eagles abandoned their nesting attempt, leaving the eggs behind, our team was ready and, with the help of climbers, the unhatched eggs were obtained.

LIFEBonelliEastMed KDamianakis NHMC 2

Subsequently, they were taken to the laboratory, where morphometric data were collected and subsequently they were opened, using a specific method in order to take samples. The shells are just as useful as the content of the egg for the tests to be performed.

We are awaiting for the results, in order to unravel the reproductive mystery of the unlucky couple…

LIFEBonelliEastMed EGeorgopoulou NHMC 2  LIFEBonelliEastMed EGeorgopoulou NHMC

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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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