Today, 11 February, members of Vallcalent Wildlife Centre and Trenca released three white storks, three cattle egrets and a kestrel rehabilitated at the Wildlife Centre and handed educational material to the 120 students that came to the event.
All the animals were admitted at the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent (DAAM, Lleida). The three white storks were brought because of different reasons: one had a serious traumatic injury as a result of a collision with power lines; another one, fell down in an inner courtyard; the third one was born in the Barcelona Zoo and moved to Vallcalent in order to be released later on. The kestrel had been accidentally hit by a vehicle. With regard to the three cattle egrets, two of them were intoxicated (they ate poisoned mice) and one of them also came from the Barcelona Zoo. Medical assistance was given to them at Vallcalent, they recovered and today they could be released in their natural environment, just by the Segre river, in the village of Ponts.
The event got the warmth of an enthusiastic public regarding wildlife: 120 students from the Ponts Primary School, apart from teachers and adults that joined the event. Later on educational material made by Trenca was handed over at the Primary School, so suitable for this occasion: the story book “Gina, el caganiu de Vallcalent”, that talks about the life of a white stork chick, for younger children; the book “Fauna de les zones humides de Ponent”, for older children, and posters on wetlands for everybody. Besides, a team from the program Espai Terra, from TV3, joined us, and soon they will broadcast a feature on this activity; as well as the mayor and the city environmental councillor, that gave their support to the event.
We also had a look to the white stork nest placed on the church of Ponts, the highest over the sea level in Catalonia. Very soon we will carry out an action to reduce its size and thus to avoid the risk of it falling down, and also a cleaning of the roof, works included in the Action and Conservation Plan for the White Stork in Catalonia.