LIFE Rupis - Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle Conservation in Douro/Duero Canyon

 

Implementation period: July 2015 to July 2019

 

Implementation area: Northeast Portugal and Castilla y Léon (Spain)

 

Target Vulture species: Egyptian vulture

 

Summary

The LIFE Rupis project aims to implement actions to strengthen the populations of the Egyptian vulture (and the Bonelli´s eagle) at the trans-border Douro, by reducing the mortality of these birds and increasing their breeding success. The Egyptian vulture is the smallest vulture in Europe, and it is classified as "Endangered" – in Europe its populations have declined by 50% over the last 40 years, and the Douro canyon includes one of its strongholds in Iberia – 135 pairs, according to the baseline study done in the beginning of the project.

 

The project is tackling the most important threats to Egyptian vultures, namely food shortages, degradation of the habitat, electrocution risk and the illegal use of poison, through actions which include: equipping electric lines against electrocution, minimizing the threat of illegal poisoning, targeted management of over 1,000 hectares of important habitats for the species and also the creation of a network of supplementary feeding stations.

 

The Egyptian vulture is Europe’s most threatened vulture species – classified as “Endangered” at global level. While the three others European vulture species are registering positive trends across Europe, Egyptian vultures continue to decline in most regions in the continent (and elsewhere).The Douro canyon includes one of its strongholds in Iberia – 135 pairs, according to the baseline study done in the beginning of the project.

 

Partners

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (leading partner), Transumância e Natureza - Associação, EDP Distribuição – Energia, S.A, Fundación Patrimonio Natural de Castilla y León, Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR), Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, Junta de Castilla y León, Palombar, Associação da Conservação da Natureza e do Património Rural, Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF)

 

VCF main actions/activities in the project

  • Analysis of biological and economic results of current implementation of EU sanitary regulations, and development of recommendations;
  • Preparation of adequate field protocols for toxicological identification of direct (poison) and indirect (heavy metals, antibiotic) contaminants in the target species;
  • Monitoring of the use of space during breeding season, migration and wintering areas through remote tracking;
  • Analysis of Agro and veterinary chemicals contamination in birds of prey

 

For more information, visit the Rupis website

Documents

Project Flyer (in Portuguese)
flyerrupisadaptadopt.pdf
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News about the Rupis project

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Adult Egyptian vulture seen in Sardinia

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2017

Egyptian vulture Douro reaches its winter grounds too!

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Egyptian vulture Rupis arrived at the wintering area in Mali

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Finally Egyptian vulture Poiares goes to Africa too

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And there goes Rupis!

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Migration time - Egyptian vultures on the move!

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International Vulture Day is today – Post 3 – Egyptian vulture – did you know…?

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And there goes Douro!

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Egyptian vulture Faia is already in Africa!

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Three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro named – and one of them has already started the migration to Africa.

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Mixed results in this year´s experimental release of captive-bred Egyptian vultures in Italy – 1 bird died and 2 had to be recaptured, but Apollo is doing well

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Young Egyptian vultures flying everywhere in the Douro canyon

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Vote to name three Egyptian vultures tagged in the Douro

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One more Egyptian vulture has been captured and tagged in the Douro – 5 so far!

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EU visits the LIFE Rupis project

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Training of Portuguese partners on tagging vultures with GPS tags

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Jun

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All Egyptian vulture’s roads lead to the Douro – or the case of Tizón!

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Jun

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Observarribas is here!

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Two adult Egyptian vultures have been captured and tagged in the Douro – another great milestone in the LIFE RUPIS project

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Adult Egyptian vulture released in the Douro after being found weakened

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May

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New supplementary feeding point established in the LIFE RUPIS project– and almost immediately up to 10 Egyptian vultures fed there!

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May

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Egyptian vultures also seem to favour mud bathing to gain colour – but why?

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LIFE RUPIS - An analysis of poisoning cases in the Spanish side of the Douro canyon

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Egyptian vulture Rupis busy flying around the Douro area – but will probably not breed this year

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Egyptian vulture Rupis is home!

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Rupis about to cross the Gibraltar strait!

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Egyptian vulture Rupis is on the way to Iberia!

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And the survey of breeding Egyptian vultures started in the Douro canyons …

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Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal

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A visitor from Spain in the LIFE Rupis area

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Portuguese police establishes the first-ever anti-poisoning dog teams in northern Portugal – soon they will start patrolling the LIFE RUPIS area

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Frustration – and then hope – with the only black vulture pair in Douro International

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Feb

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Two more griffons electrocuted in Andalusia

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Public consultation on the Draft Flyway Action Plan for the Conservation of the Balkan and Central Asian Populations of the Egyptian Vulture (EVFAP)

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New poisoning case in the LIFE RUPIS area – fortunately no vultures dead, but a serious reminder that the silent killer is a real threat

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Bringing Egyptian vultures and LIFE RUPIS to the local school children

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News from LIFE RUPIS: Supplementary feeding points ready to receive the Egyptian vultures coming from Africa. And they are helping the local black vultures too!

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Female Egyptian vultures have lower survival and start breeding earlier than males in Central-North Spain

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Egyptian vulture in France in 2016 – a summary: smaller population but average breeding productivity and a good number of young ringed

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An analysis of poisoning cases in the Portuguese side of the Douro canyon

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135 pairs of Endangered Egyptian vultures in the Douro canyon

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News from Rupis: still in Mali

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2016

Rupis is wintering in Mali – very close to Tizón!

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Rupis crossed the Sahara – he is now in Mauritania!

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Release of an injured Griffon in LIFE RUPIS project area

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And suddenly… Egyptian vulture Rupis quickly migrated to Africa

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Egyptian vulture Rupis exploring Spain and Portugal

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LIFE RUPIS website now online

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Egyptian vultures eluded us at the Douro

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