By Christa Rolls with USAG Bavaria Environmental Division
Landesbund für Vogelschutz in der Oberpfalz (LBV) is a non-profit organization in Bavaria that specializes in bird rehabilitation and wildlife education. Local rehabilitation centers are important to combating the anthropogenic effects on wildlife, while simultaneously providing an opportunity to educate the public about the issues facing such animals.
Since 2008, LBV has worked to rescue injured animals and nurse them back to optimal health. The goal is to release them back into the wild. In 2019 alone, LBV rescued and rehabbed 972 birds.
The most common birds brought into LBV are “raptors,” including buzzards — also known as hawks in North America — and owls. These birds of prey often hunt mice, moles, and other small animals on, or near, roadways. Hence, they are more at risk of being hit by a vehicle.
Touring the facility includes outdoor paddocks and enclosures, so the public can learn about the wildlife being rehabilitated and how they came to LBV. This educational experience provides an up close and personal way to view some of Bavaria’s birds, which otherwise would be very difficult to see at close proximity.
An indoor facility provides the opportunity to explore bird anatomy as displayed on learning screens and under microscopes. Additionally, a rotating exhibit is dedicated to topics about large wildlife of concern and wildlife most likely to be illegally trafficked.
After leaving LBV, visitors will better understand what they can do to help if an injured bird is found. For further assistance or instruction off-post, contact LBV directly. And if on a USAG Bavaria installation, contact the Environmental Division.
Individuals, school groups and organizations interested in visiting this bird rehabilitation center should contact LBV directly at 09402/78 99 57-10, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or reach out to the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division for arrangements. Due to COVID-19, limited group sizes and face coverings may be required, please inquire with LBV for their most current protection measures.