From website Sahara Conservation Fund
At the beginning of October, the management unit of Gadabeji Game Reserve (GGR) has been supported by the Sahara Conservation Fund and the project Niger Fauna Corridor to carry out a mission in the vicinity of the reserve to collect information about a tagged captive bred Egyptian vulture released in Bulgaria.
The Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (Vulture MsAP), approved recently in the conference of the parties of the Convention for Migratory Species - a global strategic blueprint identifying priorities and actions to conserve 15 species of old world vultures – says it clearly: (illegal) poison with poisoned baits (often against predators of livestock) is the main threat to vultures worldwide.
Fidel José Fernández and Fernández-Arroyo announce the 43rd anniversary of the Montejo Refuge Raptor (Spain) this Saturday, January 13th. Fidel José Fernández has spent most of his life there. The refuge is one of the first protected natural areas in central Spain, which has allowed the conservation of one of the largest populations of Egyptian vultures and vultures in Europe.
You can download the article (in Spanish): el Refugio de Rapaces cumple 43 años.pdf
The Website "The Return of the Neophron" inform
In Bulgaria the total number of occupied territories in 2017 was 27 (19 in the Rhodopes and 8 in Northern Bulgaria). The number of occupied territories is 10% less in comparison to 2016 but the number of pairs that started breeding was higher - 23 pairs in 2017 (22 in 2016). The number of successful pairs hasn‘t change between 2016 and 2017 – 20 pairs. In 2017 they raised 24 chicks in total but only 22 successfully left the nest (18 in the Rhodopes and 4 in the north of Bulgaria). The number of raised and fledged chicks was relatively the same in 2016 – 25 raised against 23 that fledged.
A lovely video (made by and for for childrens) about the Canarian Egyptian vultures transmitted by
José Antonio Donázar
Department of Conservation Biology, Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC; Avenida de Americo Vespucio s/n, Isla de la Cartuja
One of the two young Egyptian Vultures born in 2017 in the Grands Causses was found near the Dourbie River on 10 September 2017. He, as well as his parents, had not been seen since a week by the LPO and Natural Park team of Grands Causses . Lightweight (1.4kg), but with not apparently harmed, it was released on 12 September, not far from his nest and without his parents, probably gone on migration.
It did not move during 2 days and was recaptured on 14 September and kept in Millau Center. Necessary analyzes willl be done to search for physiological problems, lead, etc … He will be kept here during winter and potentially released next spring. This species remains rare in the Grands Causses and every young is important !
LPO Grands Causses
The three adult Egyptian vultures captured and tagged this summer within the LIFE RUPIS project have now been named, after a vote in which hundreds of people voted on their names.
The male captured at the Escalhão supplementary feeding site in June was named Douro, while the female was named Faia. As for the male captured in July in the Bruçó supplementary feeding site, it was named after the site and the nearby village: Bruçó.
The other two birds followed had been named Poiares (the female found weakened in Poiares village) and Rupis (the bird captured and tagged last year).