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Mon

10

Dec

2018

Two young griffon vultures released back into the wild in Sardinia

Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Rescued Griffon vulture released in Sardinia with GPS transmitter (c) LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Sat

08

Dec

2018

Brilliant video of young Andalucían bearded vulture Gea learning to eat bones

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Fri

07

Dec

2018

Survey of Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia reveals the population has declined since 2014

Surveying Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia (c) Macedonian Ecological Society.
Surveying Egyptian vultures in FYR Macedonia (c) Macedonian Ecological Society.
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Thu

06

Dec

2018

Vulture Research Update: October-November

In this research update we summarise articles on the status of the world’s raptor and vulture species; a global review of vulture and condor tracking studies; and two articles that use GPS tracking data to study the movement patterns of bearded and Egyptian vultures.  

  

State of the world's raptors: Distributions, threats, and conservation recommendations. McClure et al. 2018. Biological Conservation

 

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Wed

05

Dec

2018

Bulgaria's cinereous vulture Ostrava heads off on winter migration

Ostrava in flight (C) FWFF
Ostrava in flight (C) FWFF
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Tue

04

Dec

2018

Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project: Country in Focus - Croatia

Dead Griffon vultures from a single poisoning incident with Carbofuran, on the Island of Rab, December 2004 (Kvarner Archipelago, Croatia). (C) Grifon – Birds of Prey Conservation Society
Dead Griffon vultures from a single poisoning incident with Carbofuran, on the Island of Rab, December 2004 (Kvarner Archipelago, Croatia). (C) Grifon – Birds of Prey Conservation Society
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Mon

03

Dec

2018

Conclusions from the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2018

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Thu

29

Nov

2018

Bearded vulture Mia has become the first vulture in the world to have a artificial limb

MIa 3.5 months after her operation
MIa 3.5 months after her operation
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Thu

29

Nov

2018

Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project: Country in Focus - Greece

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Wed

28

Nov

2018

Five more cinereous vultures reintroduced in the southern Alps in France

Cinereous vulture Léa at the relase site in Gorge du Verdon © Dominique Jacquemin
Cinereous vulture Léa at the relase site in Gorge du Verdon © Dominique Jacquemin
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Tue

27

Nov

2018

The 24th Meeting of the French Vulture Network

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Mon

26

Nov

2018

Latest news from the Maestrazgo bearded vulture reintroduction project

Alòs seen in the Pico d 'Urbión in November
Alòs seen in the Pico d 'Urbión in November
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Fri

23

Nov

2018

New VCF study estimates over 2,300 vultures have died as a result of being poisoned in the Balkan Peninsula over the last 20 years

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Thu

22

Nov

2018

New research review reveals the extent of lead contamination in wild vultures.

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Wed

21

Nov

2018

A great success for Egyptian vultures breeding in Greece in the 2018 breeding season but threat of poisoning is real

Breeding pair of Egyptian vultures in Meteora (c) D.Vavylis HOS/BirdLife Greece
Breeding pair of Egyptian vultures in Meteora (c) D.Vavylis HOS/BirdLife Greece
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Tue

20

Nov

2018

Griffon vultures Arda and Kaya take a remarkable jounrey south from the Eastern Rhodope Mountains

(c) BSPB
(c) BSPB
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Mon

19

Nov

2018

New artificial nests built in Eastern Rhodope mountains for cinereous vultures

(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
(C)VERA ALEXEYEVA
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Fri

16

Nov

2018

Bearded vulture spotted at supplementary feeding station in France with missing talons and digits

(c) LPO Aude
(c) LPO Aude
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Thu

15

Nov

2018

Poison strikes in the Douro canyon, killing adult breeding Egyptian vultures

Inspecting the remains of the poisoned Egyptian vultures (c) ICNF
Inspecting the remains of the poisoned Egyptian vultures (c) ICNF
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Wed

14

Nov

2018

Breeding season is under way for the bearded vulture

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Tue

13

Nov

2018

Multiple raptors, including vultures, continue to be killed by electrocution

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Mon

12

Nov

2018

Field trips for the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2018

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Sun

11

Nov

2018

Day Two of the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2018

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Sat

10

Nov

2018

Day One of the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2018

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Fri

09

Nov

2018

Over 140 delegates have joined us for the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2018 in Cazorla, Spain

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Wed

07

Nov

2018

Young cinereous vulture tagged and released back into the wild in the French pre-Pyrenees

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Tue

06

Nov

2018

Working to save vultures in the Balearics

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Mon

05

Nov

2018

More Bearded Vultures On The Move thanks to your help!

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Remarkable spotting of bearded vulture migrating from Europe across the Bosphorous

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Wed

31

Oct

2018

Latest Egyptian vulture census of Albania reveals a new occupied territory

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Tue

30

Oct

2018

#Bred4theWild -bearded vulture conservation in South Africa

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Mon

29

Oct

2018

Fighting illegal wildlife poisoning in Serbia

Griffon vulture poisoned in Kresna Gorge in the neighbouring Balkan country of Bulgaria
Griffon vulture poisoned in Kresna Gorge in the neighbouring Balkan country of Bulgaria
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Sat

27

Oct

2018

Over 800 Egyptian vultures counted in Turkey on their migration

Raptors, including Egyptian vultures migrating south to their wintering grounds
Raptors, including Egyptian vultures migrating south to their wintering grounds
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Fri

26

Oct

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in the Balkans reach wintering grounds

Akaga spotted traveling on her migration
Akaga spotted traveling on her migration
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Thu

25

Oct

2018

Egyptian vultures Rupis and Douro reached their wintering grounds 

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Wed

24

Oct

2018

Island hopping and heading east - the latest travels of Bulgaria's cinereous vultures - updates

Ostrava in the Kotel Mountains (C) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
Ostrava in the Kotel Mountains (C) Hristo Peshev/FWFF
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Tue

23

Oct

2018

The VCF is looking for two consultants to help us improve internal management processes and our human resources systems

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Mon

22

Oct

2018

Results from the 2018 griffon vulture Alpine census - 1873 birds counted

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Sat

20

Oct

2018

22 year old Griffon vulture visits supplementary feeding station in Portugal

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Fri

19

Oct

2018

Join us for the 2018 Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting - Cazorla, Spain

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Fri

19

Oct

2018

New research article reveals harmful exposure to lead in four avian scavengers in Switzerland

(C) Hansruedi Weyrich
(C) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Thu

18

Oct

2018

Bearded vultures on the Move – mission accomplished!

(c)  Hansruedi Weyrich
(c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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Wed

17

Oct

2018

Catching up with Spanish bearded vultures Alòs and Amic

Alòs spotted in la Rioja region
Alòs spotted in la Rioja region
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Wed

17

Oct

2018

Latest newsletter of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group

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Tue

16

Oct

2018

16 threatened birds- including the bearded and cinereous vultures, have much better chances in Europe now

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Tue

16

Oct

2018

First five Bearded Vultures are on the Move

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Mon

15

Oct

2018

Understanding and tackling the electrocution and collision threats to vultures - Andalusia seminar

Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
Young Egyptian vulture perrched on an electricity pylon
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Mon

15

Oct

2018

2017/2018 bearded vulture breeding season in the Alps – a new record in the number of couples but productivity has decreased

Young bearded vulture in flight (C) Keystone
Young bearded vulture in flight (C) Keystone
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Sat

13

Oct

2018

Two males looking for a new home – 2 bearded vultures on the move who need your help

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Fri

12

Oct

2018

The extraordinary 170km flight of Griffon vulture Kvarner

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Thu

11

Oct

2018

Riga - one of the 3 cinereous vultures reintroduced in Bulgaria a few weeks ago, made it to Western Greece after a flight across the Balkans

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Wed

10

Oct

2018

A pair of young bearded vultures in love and looking for a new home in the Ukraine

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Tue

09

Oct

2018

Population of griffon vultures increases in Sardinia - read all about it in the latest LIFE Under Griffon Wings newsletter

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Mon

08

Oct

2018

Dead Griffon vulture emphasises the need for proper site selection of wind farms in Thrace, Greece

The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
The spot that the dead Griffon vulture was found. (C) WWF Greece
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Wed

03

Oct

2018

Why is #CountingBeardedVultures important?

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Tue

02

Oct

2018

Czech Zoo visitors helping to protect Europe’s rarest vulture

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Sat

29

Sep

2018

International Observation Days - what we found out from 2017

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Fri

28

Sep

2018

POISON KILLS! A new LPO publication helping to fight illegal wildlife poisoning in the French Pyrenees

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Thu

27

Sep

2018

What is the Bearded Vulture European Endangered Species Programme?

Asters Specialized Breeding Centre, Haute-Savoie, France
Asters Specialized Breeding Centre, Haute-Savoie, France
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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Italy found dead in Sicily and Tunisia during their migration to wintering grounds

Egyptian vulture Bianca found dead in Tunisia in September 2018
Egyptian vulture Bianca found dead in Tunisia in September 2018
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Tue

25

Sep

2018

Meet GypHelp BG 973 - a Bearded Vulture On The Move

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Mon

24

Sep

2018

Volunteers needed to count Europe’s rarest vulture on International Observation Day Saturday 6 October

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Fri

21

Sep

2018

12 more griffon vultures released in Sardinia to boost the local population

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Wed

19

Sep

2018

Help us get BEARDED VULTURES ON THE MOVE with our first ever public fundraising campaign

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Mon

17

Sep

2018

Reintroduction of cinereous vultures in Bulgaria – what is happening with the three birds released?

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Sat

15

Sep

2018

Captive-bred bearded vultures released in Baronnies doing well

Clapas, Drumana and Simay at a feeding station
Clapas, Drumana and Simay at a feeding station
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Fri

14

Sep

2018

Happy ending for Portuguese cinereous vulture pair that lost chick to fire last year

Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
Cinereous vulture chick fledging in the Douro International Natural Park
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Thu

13

Sep

2018

Significant progress for anti-poison work in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Wed

12

Sep

2018

Captive-bred Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria now on the move!

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Tue

11

Sep

2018

Vultures at risk from changes to regulations in Spain’s Asturias region

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Mon

10

Sep

2018

What killed bearded vulture Palanfré?

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Fri

07

Sep

2018

A great breeding season for Balkan Griffon vultures

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Thu

06

Sep

2018

Research summary for August

In this month’s research update we summarize articles on the wildlife poisoning in Greece; the breeding success of Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria; the prevalence of rodenticides in non-target predators and scavengers in Finland; and the role of bathing in restoring Cape vulture feather shape and strength.     

 

Animal mortality and illegal poison bait use in Greece. Ntemiri et al. 2018. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

 

This study analyses the use of poison baits to kill animals across Greece between 2000 and 2016, during which a total of 1015 poisoning incidents in rural areas that killed a minimum of 3248 animals were recorded. 

 

Avian scavenger species, especially vultures, were most frequently killed by secondary poisoning (30% of wildlife fatalities), while shepherd dogs accounted for 66.4% of domestic animal fatalities.  

 

Although in 58.7% of investigated cases the motives for poisoning were unknown, for the remaining cases multiple factors, often working in synergy, were the main reasons for poisoned bait use: control of predators (mainly foxes); retaliatory actions between stakeholders (e.g. hunters vs livestock farmers); and control of crop-damaging species. Conflicts between different stakeholders were the most common cause of poison use, for multiple complex reasons.

 

Although poisoned baits were often not found, toxicological analyses of poisoned animals revealed that a wide range of chemicals were used, including agricultural pesticides such as carbamates and organophosphates. Methomyl was the most common substance used, detected in 54.2% of analysed samples, and an increase in the use of potassium cyanide over the course of the study period was recorded.  

 

The majority (72 %) of incidents were recorded outside protected areas, with a concentration in the north of the country, probably due to the greater abundance of large predators, and on the island of Crete, possibly due to better monitoring procedures. 73.4 % of the cases were not reported to relevant authorities.

 

 

This thorough research demonstrates the prevalence of poisoning in Greece and the potential impact on wild and domestic animals. The authors call for an integrated and collaborative national anti-poisoning strategy, which the VCF’s recently-launched Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project will contribute to.

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Wed

05

Sep

2018

Visitor to feeding station surprises staff at Monte Velino Reserve

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Tue

04

Sep

2018

Egyptian vultures are migrating to Africa!

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Mon

03

Sep

2018

One less Egyptian vulture in the Balkans - and what an horrible death!

Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
Working to save the injured Egyptian vulture
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Sat

01

Sep

2018

Why are vultures important?

Bearded vulture
Bearded vulture
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Fri

31

Aug

2018

LIFE Re-Vultures - Conserving Griffon and Cinereous vultures in the Balkans

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Thu

30

Aug

2018

LIFE Rupis - Conserving Egyptian vultures in Portugal and Spain

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Wed

29

Aug

2018

Vultures Back to LIFE - conserving cinereous vultures in Bulgaria

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Wed

29

Aug

2018

LIFE GYPCONNECT - Connecting bearded vulture populations from the Alps to the Pyrenees

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Mon

27

Aug

2018

Who are the Vulture Conservation Foundation?

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Sat

25

Aug

2018

One week to go to International Vulture Awareness Day!

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Fri

24

Aug

2018

First Egyptian vulture tagged with a GPS in LIFE Rupis project in the Douro Canyon resurfaces (again)

Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
Rupis with a GPS transmitter on his back
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Thu

23

Aug

2018

Cinereous vulture found dead in the Rhodope Mountains

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Wed

22

Aug

2018

Two more Egyptian vultures released in Bulgaria in innovative experiment to test release techniques

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Tue

21

Aug

2018

Reintroduced bearded vultures exploring their new home in Maestrazgo (Spain)

Alos perched on a cliff near the hacking nest after fledging
Alos perched on a cliff near the hacking nest after fledging
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Mon

20

Aug

2018

New study reveals the impact of illegal poisoning in Greece

Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
Griffon vulture a victim of illegal wildlife poisoning in Greece, May 2018
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Sat

18

Aug

2018

Bulgaria's reintroduced cinereous vultures leave the nest

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Thu

16

Aug

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE Re-Vultures newsletter

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Wed

15

Aug

2018

Lead ammunition banned from Maestrazgo – significant breakthrough in our most recent bearded vulture reintroduction project

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Tue

14

Aug

2018

The amazing wanderings of Griffon vulture F75

Griffon vulture in the skies over the  Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
Griffon vulture in the skies over the Hohe Tauern National Park (C) Richard Straub
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Mon

13

Aug

2018

Fighting illegal wildlife poisoning with the Balkan Anti-Poisoning Project

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Fri

10

Aug

2018

Second attempt at fostering Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest

Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
Young Egyptian vulture chick transported to wild nest for fostering
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Thu

09

Aug

2018

Another successful season comes to an end in our bearded vulture breeding season

Finja fledging from the nesting site.  (c)Franziska Loercher
Finja fledging from the nesting site. (c)Franziska Loercher
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Thu

02

Aug

2018

Wandering cinereous vulture in Bulgaria gives hope to the restoration of the species in the country

Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
Cinereous vulture (C) Svetoslav Spasov
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Wed

01

Aug

2018

One month to go until International Vulture Awareness Day

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Tue

31

Jul

2018

First ever Portuguese cinereous vulture tagged 

Cinereous vulture Murtigão with a newly fitted GPS tag
Cinereous vulture Murtigão with a newly fitted GPS tag
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Fri

27

Jul

2018

Europe's largest vulture returns to Bulgaria

Staff from the Vulture Conservation Foundation and Green Balkans releasing the two young cinereous vultures at the release site
Staff from the Vulture Conservation Foundation and Green Balkans releasing the two young cinereous vultures at the release site
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Wed

25

Jul

2018

Tracking Egyptian vultures in the Douro region of Spain and Portugal

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