« The Egypian Vulture Neophron percnopterus,
Indicator of the evolution of island ecosystems
Example: Santo Antão Island, Cape Verde »
Published in ALAUDA, International ornithological Magazine, Volume 86 (4) 2018
The « Réseau Vigilance Poison » (Vigilance Poison Network) led by the « LPO » (League for the Protection of Birds) has collected the bodies of scavengers in the Pyrénées for 15 years in order to identify the causes of mortality. The results are clear : 24% of the mortality cases are due to illegal poisoning and the number is growing.
Bob, the young Egyptian vulture born in 2017 in the Grands Causses (South of France) and equipped with a GPS tracker last April has just left its birthplace to start its first migration to the South of Europe. It had missed migration last year due to flight difficulties. The wildlife rescue centre took care of it between September 2017 and March 2018. Its departure coincides with strong northern winds and sudden low temperatures. It was seen around September 24th in the regional nature park La Narbonnaise in the Mediterranean area and is now flying over Spain near the Cadi Moixero nature park. Its tracker regularly transmits data allowing to locate it.
The camera captures the exciting moments of Egyptian vulture life and their dedication to their young chicks on the project website www.LifeNeophron.eu . The camera is the only one of its kind in the world!
Since 2012, this camera has been able to observe the life of this endangered species and to witness the hatching and flight of 9 young birds in total. This year, the couple started incubating very late - at the end of April and so the babies hatched just a few days ago.
An important workshop for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture population in the Western European flyway took place from 26th to 27th March 2018 in Alcántara, Extremadura – Spain. More than 25 participants from France, Portugal and Spain gathered to discuss priorities for the conservation of this globally endangered species in western Europe.
After 3-4 rather unfavorable years in the Pyrenean and South-East population nuclei, the reproduction monitoring carried out in 2017 led to the observation of better results both in the number of territorial pairs and in the reproduction parameters. The analysis of these results and the various evolutionary trends are detailed in the annual report produced by Erick Kobierzycki, technical coordinator of the National Vulture Action Plan, with the essential contribution of all the network partners involved. in the actions of knowledge and conservation of this threatened and fragile species.
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As part of the Egyptian National Vulture Action Plan, the banding and telemetry actions of the species are being pursued and are developing with all the associative and institutional partners of the program, more particularly for the GPS monitoring operations: the Conservatory of Natural Areas PACA Region and the Mixed Syndicate Gorges du Gardon. The various operations and results are detailed in the report made by Erick Kobierzycki, technical coordinator of the Egyptian National Vulture Action Plan.
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