The majority of the staff at the Foundation have
been doing this work since 1991. Our work has resulted
in the saving of several hundreds of birds and their
return to the wild, and the breeding of birds already
unsuitable for relocation and the repatriation of
Dr. János Déri and Dr. Dériné
Dr. Beáta Smidová veterinarians of
Hortobágy have been dealing with the healing
of damaged wild birds for 19 years.
Dr. Attila Beregi, a teacher at the University
of Veterinary Sciences has been participating in
the work for 12 years. Erzsébet Baji-Gál
and Judit Nagy assist in the care of the birds.
The theoretical and pragmatic knowledge we accumulated
by us constitutes the primary strength of the Foundation.
They are well augmented by a not so multitudous
but wholehearted and committed assistance team,
who aid them with their non-egoist work.
Among the several hundreds of wild animals treated
by us over the years the following are protected
white-tailed eagle, golden eagle, imperial eagle,
ossifrage, fishhawk, secretary-bird, peregrine falcon,
lanneret, hobby (Falco subbuteu), stock owl,
howlet, forest and meadow eagle-owl, white owl,
sparrow owl, bee hawk, common buzzard, red-footed
falcon, windhover, sparrow hawk, harrier, small
kite (Accipiter sp.), common crane, black and white
stork, mute swan, little grebe, spoon-bill, common
heron, bittern, dwarf heron, raven, salamander,
butcher-bird, hedge-sparrow, fieldfare, otter, brock.
but we have also treated animals the hunting
of which is permitted, eg. rook, mallard, pheasant,
woodcock, wild piglet, fawn.
The Bird Saving Station operated since the summer
of 2002 has been one of the interesting tourist
attractions of Hortobágy. With its establishment
we wish to satisfy the needs of kindergarten-school
groups and of professionals, who like animals and
nature and wish to get to know the activity of the
bird hospital. The bird hospital is open to visitors,
however, due to hygienic reasons entry into the
operation room and into the lab is not recommended.
The treated patients can be seen in the flying
rooms, but some of the patients are also bothered
by the presence of visitors. The exhibition is an
exemplary solution to recover needs, which makes
all of these possible without bothering the work
or the patients.
With new ideas, unique and dioramic preparations,
posters, photographs, original x-ray images, lab
diagnoses, newspaper clippings, many video materials
and transmission through industrial cameras, with
the proper management, the visitor may not get an
inside view of the bird hospital’s activities
but may also get acquainted with the possibilities
to help the ailing birds and may discover the danger
sources threatening certain habitats, and the opportunities