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2018

Testing different release techniques of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria

Young captive bred Egyptian vulture sitting on a grassy area
Captive bred Egyptian vulture in released into the wild
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2018

Griffon vulture released in Bulgaria spotted soaring above the French Alps

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2018

A great set of bearded vulture spots for International Observation Day

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2018

Introducing Egyptian Vulture New LIFE

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2018

A brilliant year for the bearded vulture captive breeding network

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2018

Following bearded vulture Calandreto on his travels

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2018

Sadness, hope and resilience in Vanoise National Park

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2018

First bearded vultures released this year in Europe already fledged (in Baronnies), while two more birds released in Austria this weekend

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09

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2018

Croatia is preparing National Action Plan for the Griffon Vulture towards implementing the Vulture MsAP

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2018

First steps into fight against wildlife poisoning in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Balkans Anti-Poisoning Project

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2018

Great progress in Croatia within the Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project

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2018

Andalusia vows to tackle illegal wildlife poisoning

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2018

The silent killer strikes again – at least 3 Griffon vultures found poisoned in Greece

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04

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2018

One step closer to GYPCONNECT – bearded vulture pair present in the Corbières?

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2018

Vulture research update, April-May 2018.

In this month’s research update we summarise articles on Egyptian vulture migration bottlenecks along the Eastern Flyway between Europe, the Middle East and Africa; the impacts of traffic on vulture feeding patterns in a natural park in Spain; and two articles that investigate the impacts of vultures feeding on human-derived waste at rubbish dumps in South America and Spain.     

 

Identifying critical migratory bottlenecks and high-use areas for an endangered migratory soaring bird across three continents. Buechley et al. 2018. Journal of Avian Biology

 

The authors of this study used remote-tracking technology to study the migration routes of 45 individual Egyptian vultures over a total of 75 complete migrations that traversed three continents along the Red Sea Flyway. The vultures were trapped and fitted with satellite transmitters in the Balkans (Bulgaria, Greece, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Albania), the Middle East (Turkey and Armenia), and Africa (Ethiopia and Djibouti).

 

The vultures showed a high degree of individual variation in the duration (12 – 95 days) and distance (3,302 – 11,974 km) of their spring and autumn migrations, but the linear distance between start and end points was similar for immatures (3,289 km) and adults (3,332 km). Immatures, however, migrated less efficiently than adults, taking less direct routes and having to cover greater distances.

 

The most important migratory bottlenecks were located in the south-eastern Red Sea coast and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djibouti), the Suez Canal zone (Egypt), and the Gulf of Iskenderun (Turkey), as shown in the map below. Importantly, none of these areas were covered by protected areas and <13% of the high-use areas along the migration routes were protected. The authors provide clear guidelines to address these concerning gaps in the protected area network and conservation investment.

 

The VCF is working with multiple partners towards conserving Egyptian vultures and securing these migration routes via the Egyptian Vulture Flyway Action Plan, LIFE EuroSAP and LIFE Rupis

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Sun

03

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2018

LIFE Rupis: Investigating the movements of breeding Egyptian vultures in the Douro region.

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2018

Success from the Rehabilitation Centre for Griffon Vultures in Croatia

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Jun

2018

Bearded vulture breeding season: Good news from the Alps

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Thu

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May

2018

Sara and Tobia are on their way north, will Europe be next?

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May

2018

First bearded vultures released in new reintroduction programme in Spain

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2018

Two more bearded vultures released in Andalusia

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Mon

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2018

Another bearded vulture visits Netherlands - Updated news

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2018

Electrocution of Egyptian vulture in Iran highlights this often-overlooked threat to vultures

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May

2018

Landmark day for vulture conservation in Europe

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2018

Bearded vulture reintroductions in Europe: young bird flies from Bulgaria to Spain

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2018

Black vulture chick doing well in Douro Valley

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2018

Fighting for vultures in the Balkans - Excellent progress in Macedonia within the Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project!

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May

2018

Egyptian vulture Rupis invades the schools - a day with the LIFE Rupis environmental education programme

School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
School class from Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo on a field visit to the LIFE Rupis area (Photo credit: ATN)
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Sat

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May

2018

Release season continues with another bearded vulture reintroduction in Andalusia (22nd May)

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2018

Bearded vulture reintroductions: New project in Maestrazgo kicks off in style

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2018

Fighting illegal poisoning of vultures in the Balkans - setting a baseline for anti-poisoning work in Albania

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First record of bearded vulture in Portugal in the last 100 years

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2018

One more bearded vulture will be released tomorrow in Andalusia

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May

2018

Celebrating the Egyptian vulture on World Migratory Birds Day, 2018.

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Wed

09

May

2018

One step closer to bring black vultures back to Bulgaria – 1st black vultures transported from Spain to the Balkans

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2018

Mitigating the threat of electrocution in Iran – the excellent work of the Iran´s Bird and Powerlines Committee

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2018

Helping vultures by reinforcing wild ungulates in Bulgaria – 138 deer have already been translocated to the Eastern Rhodopes as part of the LIFE RE Vultures

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Wed

02

May

2018

Reintroducing bearded vultures to the wild – release season is starting this Sunday!

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01

May

2018

What are the released griffons in Sardinia up to? One of them went to visit the other side of the island – all maps are now on-line

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