Bratislava over the next days will become a center for professionals who deal with the protection of the Imperial Eagle. Some 40 experts from nine countries will meet together at the VII. International Conference on the Conservation of the Eastern Imperial Eagle on 2 – 5 October 2013 at the Baronka Hotel. The conference is organized by the Raptor Protection of Slovakia ( RPS ), in cooperation with the Czech Society for Ornithology and MME/BirdLife Hungary, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and with support from the International Visegrad Fund . "The Imperial Eagle is considered vulnerable species," says Lucia Deutschová of RPS. "The species is threatened mainly by illegal activities, such as poisoning, shooting, or nets robbing, but also by destruction of habitats and collisions with power lines. Only about three in ten young Eagles are surviving one year and more often die before they reach reproductive age of five years. RPS has been monitoring the species and implementing the species conservation measures for a long time," states Deutschová. Visegrad countries have a long-term cooperation in species protection. Energy companies significantly contribute to this effort by installing various protective elements on power lines to prevent injuries or deaths of birds. With all of the measures European population of the Imperial Eagle has stabilized. "In Slovakia, number of breeding pairs increased from 5 in 1977 to 53 in 2013, "adds Jozef Chavko of RPS.
- END OF RELEASE-