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Varēs vērot Latvijas Dabas fonda tiešraides no 13 ligzdām

Thirteen bird nests ready for viewers this season

The Latvian Fund for Nature (LDF) has finished its spring work restoring and setting up livestream equipment near bird nests after winter. A record number of nests will be streamed this season - 13, Latvian Television reported on April 2.

One of the new nests shows events in the life of an osprey. It is in Kurzeme and has been known to ornithologists for 20 years. Very scenic, set up at the top of an old pine tree. Both birds returned for Easter and immediately set about renovating their accommodation.

In the coming days, in cooperation with Riga Forests, the LDF will start a new live broadcast from another black stork nest.

There is already a nest in Ogre. The stork Ogris does not have a partner yet. There is not much time left as the later the eggs are laid, the less likely the young birds are to survive the first winter. As the ornithologist Jānis Ķuze emphasized, black storks in Latvia have had very poor nesting success for a long time:

"In the long run, the population cannot bounce back. There is reason to believe that the problem is the lack of food in the second half of summer when the nest has the young birds and needs the most food. One possible explanation is related to the melioration of forests. Ditches stand dry at a time when birds need food. The chances of finding food are near zero."

Meanwhile, white storks Fāze and Volts currently lead an idyllic life, but one never knows how long the peace will last.

In Durbe municipality, white-tailed eagle Milda is already sitting on eggs that will hatch in the early days of May.  Milda has a new spouse with an H-letter on the ring. Before Easter, the LDF announced a vote on how to name this eagle and decided to call him Hugo.

There will be 13 nests to watch live this season. Maintaining so many cameras requires a lot of work and means.

"We're going to have another brand new species that I'm not going to say anything about right now, but hopefully it will be viewable in the next couple of days as well," the ornithologist told LTV.

The number of nest views per year is 4 to 5 million. Researchers are given more insight into what happens during nesting, but interested viewers become more knowledgeable about what happens in nature.

All live broadcasts of the Latvian Fund for Nature from bird nests can be found here.

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