Indeed, prenuptial migration has started !
Within the LIFE Rupis project, we can follow the movements of three Egyptian vultures from the Douro, all tagged with GPS transmitters.
One of them is Faia and she is now on her way back to Spain : she decided to cross the Gibraltar straight yesterday, March 9th 2020.
Faia (c) VCF
The motor race “Ventoux Classic Rally” which is held every two years and gathers about one hundred vintage cars was planned on March 28th and 29th 2020 starting from Orange (84). However, it has been cancelled to protect a couple of Egyptian vultures whose nest is the Nesque gorge, right in the middle of the route.
This species is endangered at the world level and there are only about twenty couples in the South East of France.
Egyptian vulture (c) David Tatin
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
«LANDSCAPE ANTHROPIZATION SHAPES THE SURVIVAL OF A TOP AVIAN SCAVENGER »
In January 2020, a new article by E. Arrondo et al. was published which concerned the influence of landscape anthropization on the survival of large vertebrates, especially that of vultures. They are in deed most threatened and experience large population declines due to non-natural mortality linked to human activities.
The Human Footprint index was used to study the impact of anthropization on 66 griffon vultures in two Spanish regions.
What are the results ?
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