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Surveys of breeding colonies of Eleonora's Falcons Falco eleonorae in the Aeolian and Pélagie Islands, Sicily, showed an unexpectedly high proportion of second-calendar-year (2CY) birds attending breeding colonies. On average, around 20% of all aged birds at breeding colonies were 2CYs. There is evidence that this proportion is increasing at one colony, which may be an early warning signal of colony decline. Some birds attempted to breed in their second calendar-year; the outcome of these pairings is unknown. © British Birds.

Campedelli T.,D.R.E.AM Italia | Buvoli L.,FaunaViva | Bonazzi P.,FaunaViva | Calabrese L.,LIPU | And 11 more authors.
Avocetta | Year: 2012

Since 2000, the Mito2000 project aims to monitor populations of common Italian breeding species. Every year, chosen by means of a randomized design, a variable number of 10x10 km grid squares are surveyed, doing, for each of these, 15 point counts of 10 minutes length. On his twelfth year, 643 are the squares surveyed at least two times and therefore useful to estimate population trends (using the software Trim). At the beginning of the project, 103 target species were identified and now, for 87 of these, defined population trends are now available; in addition, defined trends are also available for other 30 non-target species. Grouping the target species according to their ecology, the results point out a clear decrease in farmland birds (FBI index), and even a greater decrease for the species of mountain grasslands (PM index); by contrast, woodland species index increases sharply (WBI index). These results agree well with the results of sibling projects in other European countries, confirming the known trends in the evolution of environmental systems, stressing the reliability of Mito2000 project for monitoring trends in a group of important biodiversity indicators, the breeding birds. © 2012 CISO.

Santopaolo R.,LIPU | Godino G.,LIPU | Golia S.,LIPU | Mancuso A.,LIPU | And 4 more authors.
Conservation Evidence | Year: 2013

Between 2002 and 2012, the return of breeding pairs of white storks to Calabria, Italy, was encouraged through the installation of 46 artificial circular wooden platforms, of which 35 were supported on masts, nine on utility poles, and two on iron poles. The first platform nest was built in 2007, when there were just three breeding pairs of white storks at the site. By 2012, eleven nests were on artificial platforms, and the total white stork population at these sites had risen to 12 pairs. Between 2007 and 2012, 103 juveniles fledged from 30 nests located on platforms. More young fledged from nests on artificial platforms (4.0 ± 1.0 per nest), than from nests located elsewhere (3.4 ± 0.9 per nest). These results show that artificial platforms installed in suitable areas can be an effective in helping to increase breeding populations of white storks.

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