The Aragonese who participate in the initiative to declare “European Cultural Route” the migratory route of the cranes, received on October 30th, in the lagoon of Gallocanta, in Spain, the birds that on October 17 said goodbye on the shores of the Baltic Sea, in Stolpe, Germany a group of members of this idea from northern Europe.
It is expected that Leader groups and nature conservation organizations of Spain in Extremadura; Doñana, in Seville, and La Janda, in Cádiz, do the same in the coming weeks. The cranes (Grus grus) are the link that unites the European territories, from the Scandinavian countries to the Strait of Gibraltar.
The initiative of these symbolic acts arose when Benigno Varillas, coordinator of both initiatives, presenting on October 18, 2018, in Berlin, the proposal to create International Brigades of conservationists-teleworkers who come to the Iberian Peninsula to live in natural paradises to recover the great herbivores savages of the primitive Europe – the auerochs, the wild horse, the cebro and the bison – as well as the rest of the fauna.
The municipalities of the European way of the cranes are among the areas of interest to develop the Information Society, attracting with projects of recovery European fauna to a vanguard of the digital industry, located to telework in human population poor areas, rich in wildlife and rewilding possibilities.
The route includes Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Andorra, Catalunya, Euzkadi, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar, among other territories where humans have invented borders and absurd nationalisms, giving the wildlife a good example, and reminding us that Europe was always a unique territory for cranes, wolves and humans, three emblematic species of Europe that together with aueroches, bisons and tarpans inhabited it entirely in harmony for hundreds of thousands of years.
The idea of a network of municipalities with cranes is being received with interest in the territories that these birds choose to spend the night in their annual migratory trips. The exchange of experiences of protection of this species; tourism promotion; wildlife tracking; ornithological observation and resilvestration or rewilding initiatives are some of the actions that the Local Development Leader Groups of these rural areas hope to promote and carry out.
The promoters of the “European Cultural Route of the Cranes”, opened by the traveling birds millions of years ago, will ask the Council of Europe to include this itinerary among the already recognized cultural circuits, such as the Camino de Santiago, the rock art route or the Roman roads and other routes promoted with this distinction. (See: https://www.coe.int/en/web/culture-and-heritage/cultural-routes).