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Sat

31

Oct

2020

Programme of Bearded Vulture Technical Webinar published!

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Fri

30

Oct

2020

Possible observation of Bearded Vulture "Vigo" in France

Possible observation of "Vigo" in France  © Bastien Merlanchon
Possible observation of "Vigo" in France © Bastien Merlanchon
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Thu

29

Oct

2020

BalkanDetox LIFE: New project combats illegal wildlife poisoning across Balkan countries

Poisoned Cinereous and Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria (c) Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
Poisoned Cinereous and Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria (c) Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
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Wed

28

Oct

2020

The Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro finally reaches Africa against all odds!

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Tue

27

Oct

2020

The European Green Deal – deception or deed? Vote this week in the European Parliament to confirm the decision to ban lead shot in wetlands will tell!

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Mon

26

Oct

2020

Latest newsletter of the IUCN's Vulture Specialist Group (October 2020)

Griffon Vulture and Cinereous Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture and Cinereous Vultures (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sun

25

Oct

2020

Research review: study demonstrates how plastic ingestion by vultures may cause wider impacts

Black Vultures feeding in a rubbish dump/ illustrative (c) Katja Schulz/ Creative Commons
Black Vultures feeding in a rubbish dump/ illustrative (c) Katja Schulz/ Creative Commons
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Sat

24

Oct

2020

It is impossible to prove that an animal was poisoned in Bosnia and Herzegovina as there is no toxicological analysis

Presumably poisoned Griffon Vulture in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Presumably poisoned Griffon Vulture in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Fri

23

Oct

2020

Bearded Vulture Technical Webinar: Reviewing conservation and research projects across three continents

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Wed

21

Oct

2020

Watch: Achievements of the LIFE GypConnect project

Bearded Vulture released as part of LIFE GypConnect (c) VCF
Bearded Vulture released as part of LIFE GypConnect (c) VCF
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Tue

20

Oct

2020

Vulture Conservation Foundation's position on the proposal to legalize poison bait use in Bulgaria's nature

Poisoned Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria (c) Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
Poisoned Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria (c) Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
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Mon

19

Oct

2020

Book: A Vulture Landscape — Twelve Months in Extremadura

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Sat

17

Oct

2020

Cinereous Vulture population in Extremadura is booming, helping support reintroduction efforts in Bulgaria

Cinereous Vultures in AMUS (c) AMUS
Cinereous Vultures in AMUS (c) AMUS
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Fri

16

Oct

2020

Thousands of Africa’s vultures deliberately poisoned and killed – Letter to Science published!

Vultures being incinerated (c) Mohamed Henriques
Vultures being incinerated (c) Mohamed Henriques
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Thu

15

Oct

2020

Surprise GPS data received from Egyptian Vulture Rupis after nearly a year without information

Egyptian Vulture Rupis after tagging (c) José Jambas
Egyptian Vulture Rupis after tagging (c) José Jambas
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Wed

14

Oct

2020

Carcass filled with lead shot pellets: Young Bearded Vulture reintroduced this summer in the Grands Causses (France) illegally shot and killed

Finding the dead body of Bearded Vulture Dolomie (c) LPO
Finding the dead body of Bearded Vulture Dolomie (c) LPO
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Tue

13

Oct

2020

Bearded vulture in the UK: Speculations are over as genetic analysis reveals origin and sex

Bearded Vulture "Vigo" © Ashley James
Bearded Vulture "Vigo" © Ashley James
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Sun

11

Oct

2020

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is hiring a Part-Time Financial Assistant

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Sat

10

Oct

2020

World Migratory Bird Day: A closer look into the movements of the Egyptian Vulture — Europe's only long-distance migratory vulture

Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Fri

09

Oct

2020

Bearded Vulture resurfaces in Lincolnshire, and we are closer to revealing the bird's identity

"Vigo" in flight © Will Bowell
"Vigo" in flight © Will Bowell
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Thu

08

Oct

2020

First study on the conservation status of vultures and raptors in Morocco reveals mortality hotspots

Griffon and Egyptian Vulture/illustrative (c) Atanas Delchev
Griffon and Egyptian Vulture/illustrative (c) Atanas Delchev
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Wed

07

Oct

2020

Pyrenean Bearded Vulture rescued three times and unable to return to the wild becomes part of the captive-breeding programme

The Bearded Vulture in his new home (c) VCF
The Bearded Vulture in his new home (c) VCF
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Tue

06

Oct

2020

Plumage, bleached feathers and moulting: How we can tell apart Bearded Vultures in the wild

Johannes © Hansruedi Weyrich
Johannes © Hansruedi Weyrich
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Sun

04

Oct

2020

Pair in Austria signals the start of the new Bearded Vulture breeding season in captivity

BG175 (female) on the left and BG 108 (male) on the right (c) Hans Frey
BG175 (female) on the left and BG 108 (male) on the right (c) Hans Frey
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Thu

01

Oct

2020

​The Ambassador of Spain in Bulgaria visited the Green Balkans as part of the Vultures Back to LIFE project

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Wed

30

Sep

2020

Griffon Vulture in Cyprus crashes with a car — the bird's fate remains a mystery

Feathers retrieved from the scene (c) GFS
Feathers retrieved from the scene (c) GFS
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Tue

29

Sep

2020

The International Bearded Vulture Monitoring Network 2019 Annual Report

One of the Bearded Vultures released in 2019 (c) Espai Ambiental
One of the Bearded Vultures released in 2019 (c) Espai Ambiental
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Fri

25

Sep

2020

The latest movements of 58 wild Bearded Vultures across seven important European regions

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Thu

24

Sep

2020

The first movements of three GPS-tagged Cinereous Vultures in Portugal that recently fledged

Tagging Cinereous Vulture nestling in the Douro (c) VCF
Tagging Cinereous Vulture nestling in the Douro (c) VCF
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Wed

23

Sep

2020

Bearded Vulture “Vigo” left Derbyshire and is heading south — where to now?

Bearded Vulture Vigo (c) Indy Green
Bearded Vulture Vigo (c) Indy Green
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Tue

22

Sep

2020

How many Bearded Vultures are currently present in Vercors where the species is being reintroduced?

 Bearded Vulture Kobalann (c) Olivier Teilhard
Bearded Vulture Kobalann (c) Olivier Teilhard
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Sun

20

Sep

2020

Update on Egyptian Vultures released in Italy this year: one reached Africa another needed rescuing

Clint when he was 70 days old (c) CERM / LIFE Egyptian Vulture
Clint when he was 70 days old (c) CERM / LIFE Egyptian Vulture
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Sat

19

Sep

2020

Upcoming Virtual Vulture Trivia Quizzes — for adults and families

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Wed

16

Sep

2020

Vulture watching: Tarifa during bird migration - the European region where you might see six vulture species!

Rüppell's Vulture in Tarifa (c) Javi Elorriaga/ Birding the Strait
Rüppell's Vulture in Tarifa (c) Javi Elorriaga/ Birding the Strait
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Mon

14

Sep

2020

Four more captive-bred Egyptian Vultures released in Basilicata as part of the restocking efforts in Italy

Zoe, one of the Egyptian Vultures released in 2020 (c) LIFE Egyptian Vulture
Zoe, one of the Egyptian Vultures released in 2020 (c) LIFE Egyptian Vulture
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Sun

13

Sep

2020

International Observation Days: Volunteers needed to help count Bearded Vultures in Europe on Saturday 3 October 2020

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

12

Sep

2020

First flights of the first-ever Griffon Vulture fitted with a GPS tag in Mallorca

Tagging the Griffon Vulture (c) Giacomo Tavecchia/ GEDA-IMEDEA (CSIC_UIB)
Tagging the Griffon Vulture (c) Giacomo Tavecchia/ GEDA-IMEDEA (CSIC_UIB)
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Fri

11

Sep

2020

Research review: study finds no clear evidence that vultures spread microorganisms to humans and other species, but more likely reduce disease transmission

Griffon Vultures/illustrative (c) Pilar Oliva
Griffon Vultures/illustrative (c) Pilar Oliva
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Wed

09

Sep

2020

Is Cinereous Vulture Carrascalinho a Real Madrid fan?

Cinereous Vulture Carrascalinho (c) João Tomás
Cinereous Vulture Carrascalinho (c) João Tomás
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Tue

08

Sep

2020

2020 Cinereous Vulture breeding results in Herdade da Contenda — an important colony in Portugal

Cinereous Vulture Chaparrito (c) C. Pacheco
Cinereous Vulture Chaparrito (c) C. Pacheco
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Sun

06

Sep

2020

2020 Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting cancelled – but join us for a webinar on Bearded Vultures on November 13th!

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Sat

05

Sep

2020

Why we need to protect vultures

Griffon Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
Griffon Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
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Fri

04

Sep

2020

West Nile Virus poses a threat to Bearded Vultures in captivity – and to humans too

Captive Bearded Vulture in Guadalentín/ illustrative (c) Junta de Andalucía
Captive Bearded Vulture in Guadalentín/ illustrative (c) Junta de Andalucía
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Wed

02

Sep

2020

Critical EU vote this Thursday to ban lead shot in wetlands – and that matters to vultures too!

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Mon

31

Aug

2020

A Bearded Vulture released in Maestrazgo this year was found dead

The carcass of Cocó
The carcass of Cocó
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Sat

29

Aug

2020

Celebrate the International Vulture Awareness Day on 5 September with us!

European vulture species (c) Bruno Berhtemy
European vulture species (c) Bruno Berhtemy
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Fri

28

Aug

2020

Research review: New study demonstrates prevalence of high lead contamination among raptors, especially scavengers, in Europe

Graphical abstract (Monclus et al. 2020)
Graphical abstract (Monclus et al. 2020)
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Wed

26

Aug

2020

Egyptian Vultures: the start of autumn migration

Fangueiro shortly after his release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
Fangueiro shortly after his release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Tue

25

Aug

2020

Perfectly preserved Griffon Vulture vulture fossil from the Late Pleistocene found in Italy

Virtual section of (a) Section sequence following the antero-posterior direction of the head and (b) section sequence in lateral view of the head. Scale bars 5 cm (c) (Iurino, Bellucci, Schreve and Sardella, 2014)
Virtual section of (a) Section sequence following the antero-posterior direction of the head and (b) section sequence in lateral view of the head. Scale bars 5 cm (c) (Iurino, Bellucci, Schreve and Sardella, 2014)
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Mon

24

Aug

2020

Vulture Scavenger Hunt — an educational activity for children

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Sat

22

Aug

2020

Griffon vulture population in Israel reaches a new high

Griffon Vultures (c) Nello Petitio
Griffon Vultures (c) Nello Petitio
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Fri

21

Aug

2020

Electrocution and collision: Good and bad news for vultures in Castile and León, Spain

Griffon Vulture remains in Burgos (c) GREFA
Griffon Vulture remains in Burgos (c) GREFA
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Thu

20

Aug

2020

One more captive-bred Griffon Vulture ready for life in the Bulgarian wild

The second Griffon Vulture to hatch in the Green Balkans' Centre (c) Green Balkans
The second Griffon Vulture to hatch in the Green Balkans' Centre (c) Green Balkans
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Wed

19

Aug

2020

Griffon Vulture chicks jump from nest in Serbia following helicopter disturbance

Griffon Vulture/illustrative (c) Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vulture/illustrative (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

18

Aug

2020

Lethal poisoning of 2000+ Critically Endangered vultures in Guinea-Bissau — Update on the toxicology results and criminal investigation

Dead Hooded Vulture (c) Mohamed Henriques
Dead Hooded Vulture (c) Mohamed Henriques
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Sun

16

Aug

2020

Bearded Vulture fledges in Picos de Europa for the first time in decades

Bearded Vulture pair/illustrative (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vulture pair/illustrative (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Thu

13

Aug

2020

The Griffon Vulture colony in the Eastern Alps is increasing and occupying new areas

Griffon Vulture flying in the Eastern Alps (c) Fulvio Genero
Griffon Vulture flying in the Eastern Alps (c) Fulvio Genero
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Wed

12

Aug

2020

Research review: Study shows that painting a single wind turbine blade black reduces bird collision

Wind turbine in the Smøla wind‐power plant with painted rotor blade (May et al., 2020)
Wind turbine in the Smøla wind‐power plant with painted rotor blade (May et al., 2020)
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Tue

11

Aug

2020

'Mama drone' helps feed Griffon Vulture chick in Israel to rescue it

Drone (blurred) dropping food to nest (c) Israel Raptor Nest Cam
Drone (blurred) dropping food to nest (c) Israel Raptor Nest Cam
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Mon

10

Aug

2020

Vulture Conservation Foundation's statement on 'repatriation' of the Bearded Vulture in the UK

Bearded Vulture in the UK  © Indy Kiemel Greene
Bearded Vulture in the UK © Indy Kiemel Greene
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Mon

10

Aug

2020

Taller Cría en Cautividad de Quebrantahuesos en Andalucía (Aplazado)

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Sun

09

Aug

2020

Portuguese Cinereous Vulture equipped with GPS tag in the nest

Cinereous Vulture Chaparrito with a GPS tag (c) LPN
Cinereous Vulture Chaparrito with a GPS tag (c) LPN
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Fri

07

Aug

2020

Report on wildlife poisoning in Spain between 1992-2017

Poisoned Egyptian Vulture in Spain (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
Poisoned Egyptian Vulture in Spain (c) Nursery Forestry of Navarra
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Wed

05

Aug

2020

Rehabilitated captive-bred Bearded Vulture marks the last release for 2020

Aven in the rehabilitation centre (c) Green Balkans
Aven in the rehabilitation centre (c) Green Balkans
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Tue

04

Aug

2020

Four new Egyptian Vulture territories occupied in the Balkans

Egyptian Vultures in Meteora, Greece © Dimitris Vavylis / HOS-BirdLife Greece
Egyptian Vultures in Meteora, Greece © Dimitris Vavylis / HOS-BirdLife Greece
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Sun

02

Aug

2020

Bearded Vulture pair bonding: choosing the right partner for a selective species

Aïnat & BG398 (c) VCF
Aïnat & BG398 (c) VCF
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Thu

30

Jul

2020

Evolution of the vulture populations in Sardinia

Griffon Vultures in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Griffon Vultures in Sardinia (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Wed

29

Jul

2020

Research review: Nocturnal flights by Bearded Vultures detected for the first-time using GPS and accelerometer data

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Pilar Oliva
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Pilar Oliva
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Tue

28

Jul

2020

A morning with Griffons: GPS tagging vultures in the Côa Valley for nature conservation

Eco takes off eagerly and without issue, showing that the handling and the tagging procedure were performed correctly (c) Rewilding Portugal.
Eco takes off eagerly and without issue, showing that the handling and the tagging procedure were performed correctly (c) Rewilding Portugal.
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Mon

27

Jul

2020

First successful nesting of Bearded Vulture in Piedmont since the beginning of the Alpine reintroduction project

Bearded Vulture Belavri in flight (c) Maurizio Chiereghin
Bearded Vulture Belavri in flight (c) Maurizio Chiereghin
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Sun

26

Jul

2020

Monograph: The Bearded Vulture in Spain - Breeding population in 2018 and census method

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Nello Petito
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Nello Petito
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Fri

24

Jul

2020

First-ever Cinereous Vulture nestlings equipped with GPS tags in the Douro

The young Cinereous Vulture in its nest after it was tagged on 13 July © VCF
The young Cinereous Vulture in its nest after it was tagged on 13 July © VCF
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Thu

23

Jul

2020

Bearded Vulture European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) Annual Report 2019

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Wed

22

Jul

2020

Illegal wildlife poisoning case reaches court trial in Croatia for the first time

The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
The dead Golden eagle (c) BIOM
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Tue

21

Jul

2020

Second-ever Egyptian Vulture hatched and fledged in Sardinia

Egyptian Vulture chick hatched in Sardinia on 2020 in flight (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Egyptian Vulture chick hatched in Sardinia on 2020 in flight (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Mon

20

Jul

2020

Our Research Officer's take on the Bearded Vulture in the Peak District, UK

Bearded Vulture soaring the skies in the Peak District (c) Louis Phipps/VCF
Bearded Vulture soaring the skies in the Peak District (c) Louis Phipps/VCF
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Sun

19

Jul

2020

Research reveals that Andean condors flap wings just 1% of the time

Andean Condor © Bastian Gygli/ Wikimedia Commons
Andean Condor © Bastian Gygli/ Wikimedia Commons
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Sat

18

Jul

2020

Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro gets new feathers to be able to fly again in the wild

Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release (c) Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Fri

17

Jul

2020

More electric poles insulated in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria to protect vultures

Insulation of electric poles in the Rhodope Mountains (c) Atanas Delchev/BSPP
Insulation of electric poles in the Rhodope Mountains (c) Atanas Delchev/BSPP
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Thu

16

Jul

2020

Genetic analysis reveals the origin of a wandering Bearded Vulture that was rescued, rehabilitated and released in France

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Wed

15

Jul

2020

Second record of Bearded Vulture in the UK — why did it travel to the UK, where did it come from and will it return home?

The Bearded Vulture photographed at Howden Moors (c) Will Bowell
The Bearded Vulture photographed at Howden Moors (c) Will Bowell
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Tue

14

Jul

2020

Participate in the annual Alpine Griffon Vulture count on 22 August 2020

Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Nello Petitio
Griffon Vulture in flight (c) Nello Petitio
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Mon

13

Jul

2020

The final Bearded Vulture release in Andalusia for 2020

The final release of Bearded Vultures in Andalusia for 2020 (c) Junta de Andalucía
The final release of Bearded Vultures in Andalusia for 2020 (c) Junta de Andalucía
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Sun

12

Jul

2020

Egyptian Vulture baby hatched in a nest built on a transmission tower — first record in Spain and Europe

Egyptian Vulture nest on a pylon (c) Junta de Extremadura
Egyptian Vulture nest on a pylon (c) Junta de Extremadura
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Sat

11

Jul

2020

Update on the Bearded Vultures recently released in France

Bearded Vulture Dolomie in flight (c) LIFE GypConnect
Bearded Vulture Dolomie in flight (c) LIFE GypConnect
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Fri

10

Jul

2020

Fifteen Griffon Vultures found dead in a well in Morocco

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Thu

09

Jul

2020

French farmers ask for the removal of vulture eggs from nests due to incidents with cattle – but this is not the solution for an inflated problem!

Griffon Vultures (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Griffon Vultures (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Wed

08

Jul

2020

Egyptian Vultures in Italy — upcoming releases and movements of released birds

One of the Egyptian Vultures that hatched in2020 (c) CERM
One of the Egyptian Vultures that hatched in2020 (c) CERM
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Tue

07

Jul

2020

Ecosystem service provision – what do vultures do for us and the environment?

Egyptian and Griffon Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
Egyptian and Griffon Vulture (c) Pilar Oliva
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Mon

06

Jul

2020

From the Grands Causses to the French Pyrenees — the travels of Bearded Vulture Cévennes

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Sun

05

Jul

2020

First Griffon Vulture equipped with GPS tag in Mallorca to study the natural colonisation of the species

Tagging the Griffon Vulture (c) Giacomo Tavecchia/ GEDA-IMEDEA (CSIC_UIB)
Tagging the Griffon Vulture (c) Giacomo Tavecchia/ GEDA-IMEDEA (CSIC_UIB)
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Sat

04

Jul

2020

A win-win collaboration between livestock breeders and vultures in Kompsatos valley (Greece)

(c) WWF Greece
(c) WWF Greece
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Fri

03

Jul

2020

Vulture Research Update: November 2019 - June 2020

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Thu

02

Jul

2020

The Cinereous Vulture Riga has once again travelled to Austria

Riga in Austria  (c) Richard Straub
Riga in Austria (c) Richard Straub
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Wed

01

Jul

2020

Surveying for poison bait use in Albania

(c) AOS
(c) AOS
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Tue

30

Jun

2020

Egyptian Vulture family found dead in the Eastern Rhodopes Mountain in Bulgaria

© BSPB
© BSPB
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Mon

29

Jun

2020

Last transportation of Cinereous Vultures from Spain to France for the reintroduction of the species

© VCF
© VCF
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Sun

28

Jun

2020

How GPS technology is key to securing the future of vultures

Cinereous Vulture with a GPS transmitter © Franziska Lörcher
Cinereous Vulture with a GPS transmitter © Franziska Lörcher
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Sat

27

Jun

2020

Second observation of a Bearded Vulture in the UK

Bearded Vulture in the UK (c) Lucy Burrell
Bearded Vulture in the UK (c) Lucy Burrell
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Fri

26

Jun

2020

Fifteen Cinereous Vultures travel from Extremadura to Bulgaria to be reintroduced

One of the Cinereous Vultures (c) Jovan Andevski/VCF
One of the Cinereous Vultures (c) Jovan Andevski/VCF
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