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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Tue

24

Jul

2018

Two young bearded vultures tagged in Andalucía

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Mon

23

Jul

2018

Vulture research update, June-July 2018

In this month’s research update we summarise research articles on wind farm impacts on migratory birds; a state-of-the-art detection system for reducing bird collisions with wind turbines; the first record of a tracked Egyptian vulture being hunted and traded in West Africa; and the potential negative impacts for scavengers as apex predator populations recover.     

 

Impact of wind farms on soaring bird populations at a migratory bottleneck. Martin et al. 2018. European Journal of Wildlife Research

 

The authors of this study examined monthly migratory soaring bird abundance in relation to long-term mortality rates at 21 wind farms located near the Strait of Gibraltar – the most important migratory bottleneck in Western Europe and also an important region for wind energy generation in Spain. A previous study by some of the same authors revealed that the collision rate of birds with wind turbines in this region was among the highest ever recorded for raptors, with griffon vultures being the most frequently killed species.  

 

Although monthly bird abundance was not directly related to the number of fatalities over the year, mortality rates peaked in the late summer and early autumn, coinciding with the peak autumn migration period. Griffon vultures were the most commonly killed species, with 416 recorded fatalities in the 9-year study period. A second mortality peak occurred in the breeding season, when a higher proportion of adult birds were killed. 

 

The authors suggest that the number of fatalities during autumn migration constitute only a small proportion (1%) of the total migrating population, and that most of the deaths are of juveniles; but that fatalities during the breeding season represent a substantial proportion (6%) of the local breeding population, with population-level impacts being likely at the local scale. [It is worth noting that the wind farms closest to the Strait, where mortalities of migrants might be expected to be higher, were not included in the analysis – Fig. 1 below]

 

Vultures are particularly susceptible to collisions with wind turbines due to their large size, limited manoeuvrability and tendency for wind farms to be located where they occur in high densities (often due to favourable topography and wind currents).  It is therefore essential that new methods for reducing bird collisions at wind farms are developed, as discussed in the next article.

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Sat

21

Jul

2018

Landmark day for cinereous vulture conservation in the Balkans

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Thu

19

Jul

2018

Bearded vulture Rin Ran will be able to see again – thanks to overwhelming public donations

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Wed

18

Jul

2018

Griffon vulture star in new children’s book The Revenge of the Servants of the Gods. 

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Mon

16

Jul

2018

Landmark Day for Croatian Griffon Vulture Conservation

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Mon

16

Jul

2018

Latest edition of the LIFE GypConnect Newsletter

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Sat

14

Jul

2018

Date Set for Annual Griffon Vulture Count in the Alps

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Fri

13

Jul

2018

Egyptian vultures in Oman feature in new short documentary

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Thu

12

Jul

2018

Field Report from the Swiss Alps

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Wed

11

Jul

2018

Bearded Vulture Fredueli fledges in the Swiss Alps

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Tue

10

Jul

2018

The Review of the 2017 Financial Year

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Mon

09

Jul

2018

More Griffon Vultures Tagged in Rhodope Mountains

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Fri

06

Jul

2018

Helping vultures back to health

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Wed

04

Jul

2018

Bearded Vulture Alos fledges in Maestrazgo

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Tue

03

Jul

2018

Results from experimental fostering of a captive-bred Egyptian vulture chick in a wild nest in Bulgaria

Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
Fostered chick in nest at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans
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