The building and imminent opening of a wind farm in the Cinco Villas region in Saragossa represent a serious threat to the population of Egyptian vultures as well as other raptors.
Some wind turbines are actually less than a kilometer away from the main Egyptian vulture roost in the Ebre valley !
Egyptian vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
A survey conducted by Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) and carried out within the LIFE Rupisproject revealed fascinating information about how Egyptian vultures feed in the Douro Canyon.
Scientists collected and identified food leftovers from 10 Egyptian vulture nests in the Douro Canyon.
What are the results ?
Egyptian Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
The first Sardinian breeding couple has given birth to baby Primo in the Porto Conte region !
Primo (c) Federico Nurchi
Kate was a young Egyptian vulture bred in captivity and released with 7 other Egyptian vultures in Basilicate (Italy) between July and August 2019.
Unfortunately, she was found dead in the West of Sicily at the beginning of January after spending only 2 months on the island. She is the 4th Egyptian vulture found dead in the same area.
To find out about her story and learn about the other Egyptian vultures released in Italy, click on “read more”.
Kate photographed during her stop in Calabria (c) Carmelo Fiore
The LPO France team and the Mission Rapaces team wish you all the best for 2020 !
We thank you all for your support during the past years. Let us all continue to work together to protect biodiversity in 2020 !
For those of you interested in bibliography, the VCF has conducted an inventory of the latest studies related to vultures for conservationists involved in the protection of these raptors.
Cinereous vulture (c) Bruno Berthemy
On November 26th and 27th 2019, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as environmental NGOS met in Sofia –Bulgaria- to develop a strategy which aim was to find the best solutions to fight illegal use of poison and poisoned baits in nature in order to reduce the number of poisoned animals.
This strategy, implemented at the national level, will be one of the most important to protect biodiversity and endangered species in Bulgaria.
(c) Dimitar Gradinarov
Born in Prague zoo in June 2018 and then freed in Bulgaria, Anna has next proceeded her first migration!
It turned out to be quite difficult for the young vulture whom required an emergency rescue by the ornithological team of Sarimazi.
Read the following to discover her story in more details.
Thanks to effective cross border collaboration between NGOs, governments of Portugal and Spain, making life possible for a young Egyptian vulture! The young vulture was found weakened in western Portugal and has been fully healed and now released near Acehúche, Cáceres in Spain, the only wintering area for the species in Europe.
Following several studies and GPS monitoring of 12 adult Egyptian vultures, it seems that the Omani population is well over 100 estimated pairs!