Because it is a migratory species, the protection of Egyptian vultures is more difficult than it is for the Griffon vulture, the Black vulture and the Bearded vulture.
Protecting the most threatened European vulture implies knowing its migratory routes and wintering areas. Therefore, these last ten years, researchers and environmentalists have been equipping bearded vultures with monitoring devices to document migration. The magazine “Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution” now publishes articles by scientists from Europe and the Middle East in which they combine their data and compare the various migratory routes of Egyptian vultures.
This week end, the 25th vulture meeting took place, welcoming more than 140 persons!
This event gathered 66 structures and several countries such as Algeria, Chad, Italia, Oman or the Balkans. This show off the collaboration existing around the protection of vultures.
Come and join us to the 25th meeting of the « Vultures France » network at the La Cazotte Agricultural High School in Saint Affrique (12) from the 25th to the 27th of October 2019.
Last June, environmental advocates from the Balkan Peninsula, from Bulgaria to Greece, closely monitored the Egyptian vulture population in the Balkans and the results are alarming. Indeed, they showed a significant decrease of their population. The number of occupied territories decreased by 32% (from 74 to 51) and the number of couples by 37% (from 71 to 45) between 2012 and 2019.
But some news give us hope !
We welcome a new bird in Europe : the Rüppell’s vulture!
The Rüppell's vulture (Gyps rueppelli) is a native of the Sahel region, in Africa, which was recently classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and its Resources (IUCN) in the category "Critically Endangered", the last category before global extinction.
Landfills provide food availabilty but have a negative impact on the physiology of Egyptian vultures
A recent study monitored a population of Egyptian vultures in the Iberian Peninsula and showed that birds prefer to nest in areas near landfills. Fledglings fed with food collected from landfills are "better fed" and experience "fewer food shortages" than those who are not, but this new food resource seems to have an impact on the health of Egyptian vultures.
Long term link between the food diet and the breeding success in a declining population of Egyptian vultures.
Between 2000 and 2009, a study was carried out in Andalusia, southern Spain, whose aim was to analyse the productivity and food habits of Egyptian vultures in 13 territories. The annual 3.4 % decline of the inhabited territories is alarming. In less than a decade, the number of inhabited territories went down from 33 to 23 over the 170 000 km2 studied zone.
In January 2019, an expedition to Ethiopia was conducted jointly by BSPB, RSPB, Birdlife Africa, EWNHS, SCF, NCF and APLORI with three objectives :
- Check the number of Egyptian vultures in Afar wintering sites and in a small area of the Oromia region.
- Gather evidence of the main threats (poisoning, electrocution/collision, direct persecution) in order to implement appropriate conservation actions.
- Fix GPS/GSM transmitters on Egyptian vultures.
Here below is a summary of the results of the expedition :
The latest « Vulture info » magazine n° 35, dated winter 2018/2019, can now be downloaded.
The last French and international news about the monitoring and studies on various species, conservation actions, awareness raising and communication actions is available.
Enjoy the reading !
Within the national action plan for the Egyptian vulture –“Plan national d’Actions Vautour percnoptère”- ringing and telemetric monitoring of the species are developing with all the association and institutional partners of the program, particularly for GPS tracking operations : the conservatory of natural areas in the French south-eastern region (Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels Région PACA) and the joint association of the Gardon gorges (Syndicat Mixte des Gorges du Gardon).
The various operations and results are presented in the follow-up report by Erick Kobierzycki, technical coordinator for the National Actions Plan "Egyptian vulture".