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17.12.2011. Investigation on power lines danger for birds in Orenburg province was done by UNDP/GEF project team

The middle-voltage power line between Polevoi and hunting camp Aike is one of most dangerous for birds in Orenburg province, Russia. Photo by Evgeny BarbaziukField investigation of middle-voltage power line was finished in Orenburg province, Russia. The goal of the investigation was to study cases of deaths of bird speciesfrom electrocution. Works were made in the frames of the UNDP/GEF Steppe project Improving the Coverage and Management Efficiency of Protected Areas in the Steppe Biome of Russia by the researchers fromInstitute of Steppe UB RAS and Orenburg state naturereserve.


Total 449 remains of birds of 19th species were found during some field trips in August-November 2011. Among them there were remains of 32 birds of 4 species listed in Red Data Books of Russia and Orenburg province: Imperial eagle, Steppe eagle, Long-legged Buzzard, and Lesser kestrel.


Young Imperial eagle died on power line near the hunting camp Aike in the Autumn 2011. Svetlinsky district, Orenburg province, Russia. Photo by Evgeny BarbaziukThe damage made to animals was calculatedas 2801 thousand roublesaccordingly to Russian law.


There were outlined power lines most dangerous for bird species in Orenburg province. These power lines should be equipped by protective devices first of all.


There were outlined also territories that should be investigated firstly next year. Particularly these are some districts on the south and on the east of the province and western areas where oil wells are situated.

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