Förderverein Waldrappteam


LIFE project 2022-2028

As project partner in the second LIFE project “LIFE Northern Bald Ibis” (LIFE20 NAT/AT/000049 – LIFE NBI), Förderverein Waldrappteam is responsible for managing the Northern Bald Ibis population, monitoring it using GPS trackers and establishing a satellite colony. The further reintroduction with five planned human-led migrations was also assigned by Förderverein Waldrappteam. Furthermore, the association is involved in the measures against illegal hunting as well as in the public relation activities within the project.

For further information visit the project website www.waldrapp.eu

Research activities

Förderverein Waldrappteam enables and promotes research on the Northern Bald Ibis by providing data (demographic data, GPS data) as well as financial support. That is how the evaluation and modelling of Northern Bald Ibis habitats in the northern foothills of the Alps or research on aerodynamic handicaps of GPS transmission in the wind tunnel were funded.

For more information on research projects and publications visit the website www.waldrappteam.at

LIFE projekt 2014-2019

Förderverein Waldrappteam was the coordinating beneficiary of the first LIFE project from 2014 to 2019 (LIFE+12 BIO/AT/000143 – LIFE Northern Bald Ibis). Together with seven other partners a migratory Northern Bald Ibis population was reintroduced. At the end of 2019 142 individuals were living in three breeding colonies north of the Alps (Burghausen, Kuchl, Überlingen), with a common wintering area in southern Tuscany. An extensive campaign almost halved the losses by illegal bird hunting in Italy. In addition, numerous accompanying measures and public relation activities were implemented.

For further information on the completed LIFE project visit https://alt.waldrapp.eu/index.php/en/

Feasibility study 2002-2013

Through a feasibility study starting in 2002 the method for reintroducing Northern Bald Ibises was tested and developed. In the process, Northern Bald Ibis chicks were hand-reared by human foster parents and trained to follow their foster parents in an ultralight aircraft. In this manner, first from Scharnstein (Upper Austria), later from Burghausen (Bavaria) and finally from Anif (Salzburg), Northern Bald Ibis chicks were led to their wintering area in southern Tuscany.

In 2011, the female GoJa (hand-reared in 2009) was the first Northern Bald Ibis to return independently from the wintering area to the breeding area of Burghausen and subsequently led three young birds back over the Alps to Italy. Thus, the methodological prerequisites for the reintroduction of a migrating Northern Bald Ibis population were met.