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The vintage cars Ventoux Classic Rally has been cancelled in order to avoid disturbing a couple of Egyptian vultures.

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

Our Partner VCF Highlights the Problems linked to the Building of a Wind Farm in Spain !

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

NEW SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE ABOUT VULTURES

 «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 new study about what Egyptian Vultures eat

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

Sad End for Kate, an Egyptian Vulture

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

We wish you a very good New Year !

 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 !

Bulgaria resumes the fight against poisining of wild life !

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
 

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