Teams from SPEA, Palombar and ATN are bringing the LIFE RUPIS to the local school classes in Portugal.
The youngest students (3rd and 5th grades) are presented with the sounds and images of the birds, including real-size models. The older kids (8th to 11th grades) are given a game of questions that needs to be solved in teams.
The results of the exhaustive breeding census of Egyptian vultures in the transboundary Douro canyon – done last summer by teams from the ICNF, the Portuguese nature conservation agency, and from the Arribes del Duero Natural Park, revealed that there are 135 pairs of Egyptian vultures along the International Douro and its tributaries (121 pairs confirmed and 14 possible) – while this is still one of the densest populations in Iberia, the survey revealed that at least 15-20 pairs disappeared since 2010.
Current distribution of the Egyptian Vulture (from the Atlas des Oiseaux de France Métropolitaine (Nidal Issa et Yves Muller. 2015 LPO/SEOF/MNHN. Delachaux et Niestlé))
photo : Florian Veau / LPO Ardèche
This year 4 pairs were on the National Reserve of Gorges de l’Ardèche
and 2 of them reared one young each.
A record year since there have been only 4 reproductions between 2004 and 2015. Good news !
Between 22 February and 20 August 2016, the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular Jbel Moussa and its surroundings, experienced an important passage of soaring birds belonging to different species, of which several are rare in Morocco such as the Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii), the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) and the Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina). A Rüppell’s Vulture was recovered and then marked with wing-tags (white codes ‘M1’ on black background) and a radio transmitter.
A new paper of Massimiliano Di Vittorio and co-authors about the first documented case of a long-distance movement of an Egyptian Vulture (4th plumage individual) from the French population to Sicily. This observation opens a new perspective for the conservation of the small and endangered Sicilian Egyptian Vulture population, providing evidence that persistence of the Italian population may be aided by new input from other countries.
Dowload here Di Vittorio et al RINGING and MIGRATION 2016.pdf