WATCH: Taking flight with one of the world's rarest birds

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WATCH: Taking flight with one of the world's rarest birds

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:49 am

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The northern bald ibis is one of the world's rarest birds. It disappeared from central Europe in the 18th century. In the first project of its kind, conservationists in microlites are helping to reintroduce the species.

The northern bald ibis is one of the world rarest birds, and has been placed on the critically endangered list. It disappeared from central Europe in the 18th century.

Breeding programmes aimed at reintroducing the birds to the wild have to find a way to show them the migration path to follow, which is where two foster moms in yellow and an ultralight aircraft come in.

Their "Reason for Hope" project is funded by the EU with the aim of leading the birds 1000 kilometers across the Alpine divide and teach them to migrate from Germany to Italy for the winter

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This Pilot's Passion to Save Birds Will Give You Goosebumps
One man and his ultralight plane are teaching orphaned birds how to migrate while giving people a front row seat of nature in action.
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