In Upper Austria

The first breeding and releasing Project of the Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) in Central Europe started in 1975 thanks to the Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald (Germany) where the species has been extinct since 1926. From 1975 till 2000 a total number of 189 birds have been released into the wild. At the present time within the Nationalpark there are at least 6 territories occupied by breeding or free ranging Ural owls with some more pairs in the neighbourhood of the Nationalpark. The reintroduction project in the neighbouring Sumava National Park (Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic) started in 1990. During the years 1995-2001, 47 birds were released. The first documented breeding success was observed in 1998. The goal of the Ural Owl Project in Upper Austria is to enlarge the releasing area of the species to a triangle formed by the Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, the Sumava National Park and the Upper Austria (north of Muhlviertel region, Nationalpark Kalkalpen).

This project was initiated by WWF- Austria with the cooperation of the EGS Osterreich Verein Eulen und Greifvogel Schutz ("Austrian Society for the protection of owls and birds of prey") and started in autumn 2001 with the releasing of the first two birds. Last autumn the Monticello Breeding Center was contacted by EGS Austria which suggested a cooperation agreement. After this contact the Monticello Breeding Center direction decided that all the offspring which will hatch at the Center in the future years will be available for the project.



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