site.btaNGOs from Bulgaria, Turkiye Join Efforts to Reduce Imperial Eagle Deaths Caused by Power Lines
Nongovernmental organizations from Bulgaria and Turkiye have launched a joint project aimed at reducing the electrocution-caused mortality of the imperial eagle, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) said on its website. This rare bird of prey is among the dozens of birds killed annually by dangerous power lines, along with vultures, falcons, storks, and crows, to name a few.
Within the project, the Turkish nongovernmental organization Doku Dernegi (DOKU) and the BSPB will study the problem in the European part of Turkiye and present the experience of Bulgaria in reducing imperial eagle deaths caused by perching on dangerous power poles. These remain the biggest threat to the species, the Bulgarian NGO reported.
Just last week, an imperial eagle that hatched in Bulgaria this summer was found electrocuted in the European part of Turkiye. The bird had been equipped with a transmitter by the BSPB that allowed a DOKU team to locate the carcass and establish the cause of death.
In early November, the other young eagle from the same nest died of electrocution near Stara Zagora (Southeastern Bulgaria). Thus, three out of six imperial eagles tagged with transmitters in two years became victims of dangerous power lines, the BSPB said.
The Bulgarian NGO has been working with electricity distribution companies in the country to reduce this threat to birds. In Southeastern Bulgaria alone, some 6,848 poles have been isolated.