Conservation

About the rescue of the snow leopard and the black rhino

For years, ZEISS follows its mission to serve international animal and environmental protection. To save the snow leopard, the most endangered big cat in the world, ZEISS donated spotting scopes and telescopes to Conservation Officer Mr. Norbu and his team at Kaalifa Camp to observe these animals.

In addition, the annual "Rhino Conservation Award", which deals with the protection of the South African black rhinoceros and pays tribute to the corresponding efforts of individuals and organizations, has been sponsored by ZEISS since 2015. Their activities already show great success, for example, a decline in rhino poaching of 25 percent recorded in 2018.

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Saved from extinction

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita), one of the world’s rarest, most distinctive and gregarious avian species, was extinct in central Europe for over 400 years. Intensive measures on the part of BirdLife International and other conservationists are now showing the first signs of success in the colonies of birds living in the wild in Morocco.

ZEISS is supporting the BirdLife activities together with the foundation of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Learn more about the impressive history of the Northern Bald Ibis and the conservation projects that aim to resettle this species even in Europe.

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John Horton, Warden of Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO)

The ringing of wild birds is a very important research method for ornithologists to obtain valuable information on migration, behavior and life of specific birds.

John Horton tells us impressively about his work on the British Channel Islands and a project with ZEISS that has fundamentally improved the ringing system.

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Successfully protecting birds in rural areas

For conservation of endangered bird species, scientific research can often make a valuable contribution. Especially on agricultural land, the conditions for preserving biodiversity are difficult.

Equipped with ZEISS products, a team from the University of Tübingen is investigating the needs of the Corn Bunting during the breeding season. Together with farmers and nature conservation authorities, suitable protection strategies are being developed.

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Protecting the Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

Morocco is the last fully wild refuge of the critically endangered northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the world.

Together with BirdLife International and the Prince Albert II Foundation, ZEISS is supporting the conservation of the stock and the few remaining breeding grounds in the Souss Massa national park near Agadir.

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Marbled Murrelets

Marbled murrelets are small seabirds from the North Pacific. Unusually for seabirds they nest in old forests or on the ground at heights where trees cannot grow. Due to the decline of their population, numerous forest conservation programs have been established to preserve the marbled murrelets.

Peter Stangel tells us about the typical challenges concerning the protection of this rare bird species. The Western Rivers Conservancy's project plays a crucial role for their conservation. Although it was meant for improving the water quality of salmon habitats, there are also huge benefits for marbled murrelets.

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They focus on two successful birding activities

Signed on the dotted line: On 9 October 2017, Deputy Executive Director of NABU Angelika Richter and Head of Consumer Optics at Carl Zeiss AG Jörg Schmitz concluded an agreement in Wetzlar regarding a long-term collaboration between NABU and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.

ZEISS will sponsor the two NABU hands-on activities: Hour of the Garden Birds and Hour of the Winter Birds. The goal of the partnership is for the signatories to provide new impetus for enjoying the beauty of nature and for birdwatching topics. That’s why ZEISS is also supporting a video series on all aspects of birdwatching.

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The name given for our new spotting scope

In Greek mythology they pictured a harpy as a mixture between a raptor and a woman. The creature was the personification of the evil, especially of greed. As a kind of an embodied storm wind she was very fast and thereby invulnerable. On behalf of Zeus she killed human beings or just nabbed their soul. Even in Astrid Lindgren’s famous children’s book “Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter” the author took up the harpies that regularly attack Ronia and her friend Birk.

What is so special about this bird that is named after such creepy mythical creatures? First of all it is one of the largest birds of prey, and in fact it is even the strongest raptor. Its wingspan measures up to two meters and the female birds, which are heavier than the male, may weigh nine kilos. There are few photos of them, but in most of the existing ones you see prey under their impressive, strong talons. The back part of a harpy eagle’s talon grows up to seven centimeters.

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Watersheds Conservation at Triangle Ranch

Nestled in the southwest corner of Florida and perched at the north end of Myakka River State Park, the 1,143 acre Triangle Ranch teems with birdlife. Christmas Bird Counts conducted since the 1940’s have recorded more than 280 species on the property and surrounding areas, including Florida Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, and Crested Caracaras. Now, thanks to the vision of the local philanthropist-turned rancher who purchased the property, leadership from the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, which secured the funding to purchase a conservation easement on the land, and a grant from the Healthy Watersheds Consortium, this property is now protected forever from development.

Its natural features and ranch lands will provide habitat for birds and help keep water supplies clean for people and nature. Triangle Ranch, which is part of the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor Project, is one of dozens of watershed protection programs underway across the United States that are supported by the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. This partnership includes the federal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the not-for-profit U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. In the first two years of the partnership, more than $4.1 million in grants has been awarded to 25 projects in 30 states. The partnership is planned to continue for at least four more years.

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Champions of the Flyway - Winner 2017

Imagine being in one of the world’s best spots for visible migration, in right time, surrounded by talented and inspiring birdwatchers and doing this for good cause – doesn’t that sound good? Well, this is what Champions of the Flyway is about. It is a fund raiser against illegal killing of the migratory birds around the Mediterranean Sea and a famous bird race, which takes place in southern Israel each March. The Zeiss Arctic Redpolls is one of the teams that Zeiss Sport Optics has supported during many years.

We are a group of 4 birdwatchers from Finland. We had scored the 2nd place on 2015 and 1st place on 2016, so the burden of winning had worn off. We aimed to have a nice intensive day of birdwatching and lots of good time. We were also putting the new Gavia Conquest spotting scope on a hard test.

Will it be an asset in the game or should it be dumped? Well, we got what we aimed for and more – here is how it all rolled out.

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