After the storks from their winter holiday, return to Brandenburg and refer to their ‘ nests, the first eggs could already be in place around Easter. “The rattling like wild,” said the project collaborator Ellen Beuster from the stork village of Rühstädt (Prignitz). With the Ritual, the storks welcome your Partner. At least 14 out of around 30 nests were occupied in the “stork village” in Wittenberge of 18 storks, including four couples. “This is on the ascending Branch,” said Beuster. Daily you can expect to see further arrivals.

The project of the Federal nature conservation Germany (Nabu) “storks travel”, which provides for the birds since 2009, with specialty channels and the flight route can be traced, shows that the so-called Ostzieher over the Bosphorus in the Central African Republic, Chad travel, on the way back. While some “Western migrants” that spend the winter mainly in Spain, are already in the beginning of February and thus right back early, had the birds on the Eastern route of the problems.

“There was a Zugstau over the Bosphorus and the Marmara sea,” said the Nabu-stork expert, Kai-Michael Thomsen. The birds had been surprised after a relatively mild temperatures and inclement weather. Now they were but strengthened. Thomsen believes: “At Easter the Post”.

By the Tracking of the birds, the animals, and conservationists data from which to draw conclusions on the behavior and the Population can draw. Many “Western migrants” overwinter according to their knowledge on landfill sites in Spain. So, the birds would track a shorter flight than their relatives, the fly, even up to South Africa. On the other, they would not need to travel far to search for food, which was at the storks in Africa is different.

“you need to spend less energy and less risks,” said Thomsen. Therefore, the number of storks to take in West Germany and Western Europe. The survival rate of the young storks, which fly out for the first Time for the Winter, be higher. According to Thomsen survive on the West, twice as many young route storks on the Eastern route.

In the famous stork villages Rühstädt, and Linum for Fehrbellin (Ostprignitz-Ruppin) hopes that the early summer is as dry as the past. The year has started well, still, there is enough earthworms and amphibians, said project collaborator Beuster. So it is also in Linum, was confirmed by the acting head of the stork smithy, Lisa Hearing. But if the first young storks are hatched, according to the Nabu, both partners incubate the eggs for 32 to 33 days – the animals need more feed. In Linum twelve storks are already back. There is expected every day the first Egg in the Nest.

in 2014, lived according to the Nabu Brandenburg 1424 pairs of Storks in the country; in the previous year, there were only 1189. Since the beginning of the 20th century. Century is recorded according to the Nabu Germany, a strong decline since the beginning of the 90s the Population to take but again – do hope.