The Hellenic Welfare Hospital, with the assistance of Action for Wildlife and the Lake Kerkini Management Authority released today in Lake Kerkini 15 wild birds that had been hospitalized on their facilities, including 11 Storks (Ciconia ciconia), 1 Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), 2 Black Kites (Milvus migrans) and one Booted Eagle(Hierraetus pennatus).
Most of the birds had been found injured and some of them as nestlings and were all sent to the Centre for Healthcare to be taken care of.
One of the two Black Kites was found on the ground as a nestling along with its sibling, since a lumberjack mistakenly cut the tree on top of which their nest was built. The Grey heron and the Booted Eagle were brought to the facilities for treatment about a year ago, wounded by a hunting rifle. Most of the storks were nestlings, which due to their injuries did not recover in time to be released in last year’s special reintegration program. All birds were ringed before their reintegration, in cooperation with the Hellenic Bird Ringing Centre, so that their future progress may be observed.
In the release event, teachers and students from Zappio Elementary and High School of Constantinople were present, escorted by the administrative board of the ‘Child Shelter’ organisation.