Meeting with Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium

15 December 2023

On 15th December, LIFE FALKON ‘flew’ to Reggio Emilia, to the headquarters of the worldwide known Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The Consortium unites over 2,000 farmers in the Po Valley and ...

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LIFE FALKON After Life Plan

1 December 2023

And what happens afterwards?  This is the question that is intended to be answered by the ambitious document called After LIFE Plan, an action plan to support the objectives of the LIFE FALKON project in the five years following the formal closure of the ...

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The LIFE FALKON Handbook for transferability and replicability is online!

30 November 2023

In recent months, the LIFE FALKON team has been busy drafting the “Handbook for transferability and replicability”.   This is a very important document, which contains valuable information for the ...

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Third monitoring visit to the Po Plain

15 November 2023

On 14 and 15 November 2023, Sara Luchetti from the European Commission monitoring team, met with the LIFE FALKON team for the last assessment of the project progresses, before its closure at the end of the year. The theatre of the visit was the ISPRA ...

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Workshop Agricoltori – Mirandola 9 Nov 2023

26 October 2023

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italiano. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Tra agricoltura e ...

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LIFE FALKON Closing Conference

14 October 2023

From the 12th to the 14th October, the final conference of the LIFE FALKON project took place on the island of Lemnos, Greece! These have been exciting days, which saw more than 30 presentations by experts from all over Europe, moments of conviviality, and, ...

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THE LIFE FALKON NESTBOXES: year by year more lesser kestrel in the safe

30 September 2023

At the end of the 2023 season we can announce it: lesser kestrels like the LIFE FALKON nest boxes more and more every year! We are now in the third year from the installation of the nest boxes in northern Italy and ...

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20 September 2023

As every year, in 2023 the LIFE FALKON team downloaded new migration tracks of adult Lesser Kestrels from different study areas of the project. Here is a glimpse of them in this beautiful map: the different individuals are indicated with a different colour ...

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LIFE FALKON at the 21st Italian Ornithology Conference

9 September 2023

From 5 to 9 September 2023, the 21st Italian Ornithology Conference was held at the University of Insubria in Varese. The LIFE FALKON project was among the protagonists of the event, with eight oral contributions and ...

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European Ornithologists Union Conference 2023

31 August 2023

On the 21st of August the LIFE FALKON team headed to Sweden for the 14th European Ornithologists Union – EOU Conference.  The venue of the conference was the prestigious Biology Department of Lund University, ...

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YOUNG LESSER KESTRELS EQUIPPED WITH GPS: follow them on animal tracker!

31 July 2023

In July 2023, eight young lesser kestrels were equipped with new-generation GPS/GSM and released at the LIFE FALKON tower of Minerbio/Baricella (BO). A similar research had already been carried out in 2021, but the ...

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31 July 2023

As every year, the LIFE FALKON team was busy monitoring the population of Lesser Kestrels nesting in the Po Plain during the spring and summer months. The cold and rainy weather in May caused a delay of about three weeks in egg laying, moreover, the ...

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LIFE FALKON Closing Conference – AGENDA

8 June 2023

LIFE FALKON CLOSING CONFERENCE – THE AGENDA International Meeting on the research lines and conservation efforts on Lesser Kestrel in the Mediterranean Lemnos Island. Greece 12-14 October 2023     DAY 0 ...

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A pair of lesser kestrels in the ‘Matteo’ nesting tower in Baricella

21 April 2023

And finally… here they are! A pair of wild lesser kestrels choose the ‘Matteo’ tower (Baricella – Bolonia) for nesting! We now have hundreds of videos of ...

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LIFE FALKON: Community of Interest

31 March 2023

During these months, the LIFE FALKON team is continuing to build the Community of Interest. The aim is to establish a permanent network of stakeholders who care about the conservation of the Lesser Kestrel. The Community of Interest involves scientists and ...

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LIFE ON THE MOVE on the big screen!

10 March 2023

On the 10th of March 2023, at the Centro Congressi CNR, via Alfonso Corti 12, Città Studi/Lambrate (MI), our documentary “LIFE ON THE MOVE” hit the big screen for the first time. Premiered on social media on 6 February, “LIFE ON THE ...

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Between architecture and biodiversity. The protection of the Lesser Kestrel and other species in the context of building interventions.

24 February 2023

Two workshops were held on 22 and 24 February 2023, promoted by the LIFE FALKON project, at the ISPRA headquarters in Ozzano ...

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The LIFE FALKON Documentary is online!

6 February 2023

Finally out the wonderful doc of the LIFE FALKON project! Enjoy it HERE    

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1 December 2022

Michelangelo Morganti, the coordinator of the LIFE FALKON project for the National Research Council, CNR-IRSA, undertook a very special trip to Senegal. What has gotten him this far is that there are 650 bird species in Senegal, including the world’s ...

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30 September 2022

From the 18th to the 21th September, LIKE FALKON participated in the Lesser Kestrel Balkan Expert Workshop in Bulgaria, organized by the Green Balkans in the framework of the project  LIFE for Lesser Kestrel – LIFE19 ...

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22 August 2022

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italiano. For the sake of viewer convenience, the content is shown below in the alternative language. You may click the link to switch the active language. Siamo lieti di ...

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28 July 2022

A new start for the hacking activities of #LIFEFALKON. The 28th of June, the LIFE FALKON team composed by ISPRA, UMIL and CNR has translocated 33 lesser kestrels chicks from the colony of Matera (Southern Italy) to the ...

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7 July 2022

A renewed TV program, named ‘Dalla parte degli animali’ (On the animals side), presented to the Italian public the LIFE FALKON project and activities. The TV team followed us on the field, so we could show to the public our research activities, such as ...

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22 June 2022

A beautiful day of information, birdwatching and exchange of ideas among people who share the same passion for our lesser kestrels! On the 21st May, ornithologists and birdwatchers from the Scanagatta Ornithological ...

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14 June 2022

In the previous months, LIFE FALKON team met with about 700 students from primary and secondary schools in the province of Modena, with the aim of introducing the protagonist of our project: the lesser kestrel! But not only theory: following the classroom ...

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23 May 2022

The future of the lesser kestrel stems also from the involvement of expert landowners, knowing the importance of protecting the species and the delicate equilibria between agricultural environment and bird ...

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14 May 2022

From 10th to 13rd May 2022, Mrs. Simona Bacchereti (LIFE Project Adviser, European Commission – CINEA), Mrs. Chiara SPOTORNO (representative of the LIFE Programme Monitoring Team NEEMO – TIMESIS) and the LIFE FALKON team met in Ioannina (Greece), to ...

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Kicking off schools’ activities in Italy!

14 April 2022

One of the main objectives of any LIFE FALKON project is to increase the nature conservation awareness of the people living in the project areas. Between April and May 2022, the project partner Consiglio Nazionale delle ...

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The Schools of Komotini welcomed the Lesser kestrels

29 March 2022

During the 3rd week of March, the HOS/BirdLife Greece visited the Komotini region, the exact same period that the winged immigrants arrive in the villages of the Greek countryside from Africa. During the visits, the ...

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Join LIFE FALKON this March 30-31, 2022 at the The Nature Of Cities Festival!

16 March 2022

The LIFE FALKON is pleased to announce the participation at the The Nature Of Cities Festival, an international virtual festival that spans 3 days with programming gathering a huge variety of high level stakeholders ...

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Incontro online “Tra trekking faunistici, progetti LIFE e museo”: ISPRA presenta LIFE FALKON

24 February 2022

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Climate change and conservation of the Lesser Kestrel: LIFE FALKON host of Birdlife France

17 January 2022

How is climate change affecting the lesser kestrel breeding range? What can we do to counteract these negative effects? The conservation of the Lesser Kestrel is a matter of great ...

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Promote sustainable agricolture with the LIFE FALKON beer!

22 November 2021

We are pleased to announce to you the Lesser Kestrel Beer born from the cooperation between the LIFE FALKON project and the Milvus Brewery. The Lesser Kestrel is a straw-yellow coloured beer, highly-fermented, fruity ...

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LIFE FALKON opens the towers of Poggio Rusco and Mirandola!

26 October 2021

The 22 and 23 October have been important dates for the LIFE FALKON project, which officially opened three out of the five nesting towers of the Po Valley project areas. The buildings were completed the past spring but ...

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LIFE FALKON in Poggio Rusco (MN) held a the conference “Nature Conservation and Climate Change: The case of the lesser kestrel”

25 October 2021

On the evening of October 22 in Poggio Rusco was held the conference “Nature Conservation and Climate Change: The case of the lesser ...

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The disastrous effects of heat waves on lesser kestrels in Matera

21 October 2021

According to several climate scenarios, the average temperature in the Mediterranean will irreversibly increase by at least 1.5°C in the coming years. Furthermore, the frequency and intensity of summer heat waves will ...

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LIFE FALKON presents the results of field research campaigns at the CNR in Milan

5 October 2021

On October 1st, the results dissemination event entitled “The research on the lesser kestrel in the Po Valley: the results of the campaigns LIFE FALKON 2018-2021” was ...

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Guided tour to the nesting tower of Baricella

22 September 2021

On September 21, as part of the Science Together initiative, a guided tour was held at the lesser kestrel nesting tower located in the Area di Riequilibrio Ambientale of Baricella. The visit was organized in the form of ...

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LIFE FALKON at the annual meeting of AsOER (Association of Ornithologist of Emilia Romagna)

11 September 2021

On September 11, AsOER, one of the major Italian ornithological associations, held its first assembly in presence after the pandemic period at Barchessone Vecchio in Mirandola ...

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The lesser kestrels in the Alps: the exceptional recovery of a lesser kestrel with GPS in the mountains between Piedmont and Liguria

3 September 2021

On September 1st, the park rangers of the Protected Areas of the Piedmont Apennines were contacted by the CNR to recover a lesser kestrel ...

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The first nest box and nesting tower have been occupied in the Po Valley Project Area

30 August 2021

At the beginning of spring 2021, upon their return from Africa, the lesser kestrels of the Po Valley found at their disposal 310 new safe nesting sites: nest boxes and nesting ...

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Let’s start with hacking activities!

2 August 2021

During the month of July, the project LIFE FALKON has transferred 30 lesser kestrel chicks from Matera to the nesting tower “Matteo Griggio” in Baricella, in the province of Bologna. This transfer, foreseen by the conservation action plan of the ...

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2 July 2021

Between the 29 June and the 2 July  the VIII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE CONSERVATION OF THE LESSER KESTREL took place online, hosted by the General Directorate for ...

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LIFE FALKON brochure and postcards are now available!

30 June 2021

LIFE FALKON brochure and postcards are now available in English for download and consultation! In the brochure you will find general information regarding project objectives and activities, as well as scientific ...

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LIFE FALKON is back to school!

17 May 2021

Among the main objective of any LIFE project there is to increase the awareness about nature conservation of people living in the project areas. Educational activities of LIFE FALKON began in 2019 in both Greece and Italy and were partially suspended due to ...

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LIFE FALKON at 3rdNatura 2000 seminar!

13 May 2021

Between the 4th and 7th May the 3rd Seminar of Natura 2000  for the Mediterranean Region took place online, hosted by the Italian Regione Calabria and the Sila National Park. The Seminar is part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographic Process, launched in 2011 by ...

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6 May 2021

On 5th May, LIFE FALKON hosted an online networking event, with the participation of Spanish non-profit organization DEMA PRIMILLA. DEMA is an NGO that has been working over the last 30 years on studying and protecting the Lesser Kestrel.  Indeed, DEMA ...

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Field monitoring visits in the Po Plain!

4 May 2021

On the 23rd of April a field monitoring visit took place in the Italian project areas located in the Emilia Romagna region. Michelangelo Morganti from CNR-IRSA, lead partner of LIFE Falkon, welcomed the project ...

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LIFE FALKON as project of the month!

30 March 2021

Since 2017, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has dedicated a column to all Italian LIFE projects of the 2014-2020 period, called the “Project of the Month“, which can be consulted on the Ministry’s website. The column aims to ...

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New homes for the Lesser Kestrels in Komotini (Greece)

26 March 2021

HOS installs nest-boxes to welcome back home the endangered falcons! Spring marks the return of the Lesser Kestrels in the plain of Komotini, northeastern Greece. The Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece ...

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Setting up of the nesting towers in the Po Plain

28 February 2021

The LIFE FALKON staff, guided by the project partner ISPRA, has concluded a three-days rush of works to set up the nesting towers in the Po Plain. Built during the winter, the three towers (two more are still in ...

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Networking for the Lesser Kestrel in Greece!

28 February 2021

Educational activities for the Lesser Kestrel in Lemnos, Ioannina and Komotini While Lesser Kestrels are preparing for their return to the Mediterranean, educators from all levels of education are working to make sure ...

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Nestbox installation in the Po Plain

24 November 2020

The LIFE FALKON staff has concluded the installation of 200 nestboxes for Lesser Kestrel in the project area located in the Po Plain, between Mantova and Comacchio. A hundred nestboxes were installed on 18 buildings for which formal agreements with landowners ...

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Installation of nest boxes in the Po Plain Area

13 January 2020

Life Falkon has conducted a winter field survey to assess the distribution of potential safe sites on where to install nest-boxes for the lesser kestrel. We will install 100 boxes on recently restored buildings and ...

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Winter conference at the SOM: LIFE FALKON among the invited speakers!

22 December 2019

As every year, SOM/Cisniar is celebrating the winter with a party and a scientific conference about conservation of local birdlife and biodiversity. As in 2018, LIFE FALKON is again among the invited speakers, this time ...

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Nesting tower for lesser kestrel of the Po Plain

20 December 2019

    Not only nest boxes: LIFE FALKON is fostering the recovery and the expansion of the northern population of lesser kestrel with the construction of small buildings entirely dedicated to the species! Tens of ...

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Fieldwork and news from Greece with “HOS”-Elliniki Ornithologiki Etaireia

22 July 2019

HOS has finalised the surveys in all project areas! 2 new breeding areas were discovered in Project area 4 (Lemnos), one breeding site at project area 2 (Ioannina) has undergone a ...

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New Lesser Kestrel colonies discovered in the Po Plain

21 May 2019

During the initial step of the wide survey in the Po-Plain, the LIFE FALKON team – supported by enthusiastic volunteer – checked over 250 rural buildings scattered in the area and found at least 6 new colonies ...

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First LIFE FALKON nest boxes occupied by Lesser Kestrel

20 May 2019

The first nest boxes of those installed by LIFE FALKON is occupied by a pair of adult lesser kestrel! Their 5 eggs are there and we are looking forward for the chicks.

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NHK japanese television shooting LIFE FALKON in Mantua

29 April 2019

Poggio Rusco (Province of Mantua), 28th Avril 2019 NHK (National Japanese Television) shooted the installation of nestboxes for the lesser kestrel within the framework of LIFE FALKON project activities and interviewed ...

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EASME Evaluation LIFE Falkon 1st Monitoring visit

12 April 2019

Very positive evaluation by EASME on the 1st Monitoring Visit held in Rome on the 12th of February 2019! The first surveys and GIS analyses carried out on the project areas which already evidenced potential suitable ...

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Fields surveys Po Plain – March 2019

24 March 2019

LIFE FALKON staff realized a first rush of filed survey in the Po Plain project area (Project area 1) in the last days of March. Surprisingly, we found that some of the Lesser Kestrel (estimated in ~30% of the total population) were already back to their ...

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LIFE FALKON conference at the SOM (Stazione Ornitologica Modenese)

24 March 2019

The spring appointment of the bi-annual scientific conference of the SOM (Stazione Ornitologica Modenese) was dedicated to the LIFE FALKON project. We extensively presented the lesser kestrel biology, population status ...

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First batch of nest boxes installed in Baricella (BO), Italy

15 February 2019

LIFE FALKON has provided safe nesting sites for 15 pairs of Lesser Kestrel in Baricella (BO), where one of the most important colonies of the entire Po-Plain was threatened by the restoration of the building in which ...

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Meeting with municipalities and land owners about the construction of nesting towers

14 February 2019

The 14th of February, ISPRA and UMIL meet up with the technical offices of the municipalities of Mirandola in Emilia-Romagna and Poggio Rusco in Lombardia (both located within the ...

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LIFE FALKON – 1st Monitoring Visit

12 February 2019

On 12th February 2019, Mrs. Chiara SPOTORNO, representative of the LIFE Programme Monitoring Team NEEMO – TIMESIS, met in Rome #LIFEFALKON to assess the project progress. The technical and administrative ...

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Be aware of the demolition consequences for the Lesser Kestrel in the Po Plain

14 January 2019

On 14 October 2018, UMIL (LIFE FALKON partner) visited the study areas located in the municipalities of Poggio Rusco (Mantova) and Mirandola (Modena) and surprisingly discovered that some of the buildings which hosted ...

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New nest boxes for the Lesser Kestrel of Baricella (BO)

16 December 2018

The lesser kestrel colony sited in the municipality of Baricella (Bologna) is one of the largest of the entire Po Plain, hosting up to 8-12 pairs in 2018. The most of these pairs breed in the roof of a small abandoned ...

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LIFE17 Kick-off meeting NATURE in Brussels – 8-9/11/2018

8 November 2018

The LIFE FALKON Project has attended the Kick-Off Meeting for NAT and GIE LIFE17 projects on 8 and 9 November 2018 in Brussels. The aim of the meeting, organized by the European Commission, Executive Agency for Small ...

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The 2nd European Meeting of Young Ornithologists #EMYO2018 – 26-28/10/2018

26 October 2018

On 26-28 October the 2nd European Meeting of Young Ornithologists was held in Turin (Italy) thanks to the collaboration of the Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologi (CISO), the Hessische Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und ...

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Focusing on the lesser kestrel during the SOM annual meeting

14 October 2018

On 14 October 2018 in Mirandola (Modena), some representatives from UMIL and ISPRA (LIFE FALKON partners) attended the annual meeting of the SOM (Stazione Ornitologica Modenese). The SOM is a local association working ...

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LIFE FALKON Project kick-off meeting – 12/10/2018

12 October 2018

Friday 12th October 2018 the Association TECLA, as Coordinating Beneficiary, led the kick off meeting of the LIFE FALKON  Project, held in Ozzano dell’Emilia (Bologna) at the premises of ISPRA. The event was the ...

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Start up of the LIFE FALKON Project!

1 July 2018

LIFE FALKON – Fostering the breeding rAnge expansion of central-eastern Mediterranean Lesser Kestrel pOpulatioNs has been co financed by the LIFE PROGRAMME! LIFE FALKON is an almost 5-year LIFE Project which aims at fostering the resilience of the ...

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