Project Waldrapp- Northern Bald Ibis Reintroduction

We had the privilege of visiting the Waldrapp Team in Salzburg for the start of the 2014 human-led migration of the Northern Bald Ibis. The Northern Bald Ibis reintroduction in Europe aims at creating a stable population for this charismatic species in a region in which it has been extinct for over 300 years! With the help of an ultra-light powered para-glider, hand-raised juvenile birds were taken on a guided migration from their summer home in Austria to winter nesting grounds in Tuscany. Amazingly, a single guided migration is enough to teach the young ibises the way south. If everything goes according to plan, the young …