4 Vultures
27  novembre     19h28
Overview of the Final LIFE GypConnect Seminar
Eleni Karatzia    Around 150 Bearded Vulture conservationists, researchers and enthusiasts have joined us in Die, Drôme, France for the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2021 and the Final LIFE GypConnect Seminar. The LIFE GypConnect project aimed to restore the connections between Bearded Vulture populations in the...
24  novembre     15h38
First Rüppell’s Vulture GPS-tagged in Portugal already travelled to Africa
Eleni Karatzia    As the sightings of the African Rüppell’s Vulture continue to grow in Europe, especially in Iberia, we at the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) intend to monitor the situation by equipping individuals with GPS transmitters to help determine how long they stay in Europe and where they come from....
23  novembre     11h15
Every captive Bearded Vulture counts: Remodelling aviary to meet Flamadel’s needs
Eleni Karatzia    Each of the 174 birds within the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Network (Bearded Vulture EEP), coordinated by us at the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) on behalf of EAZA’s EEP, has incalculable value. So, we try to do our best to take care of them and pay attention to the specific needs of...
19  novembre     14h52
The first Spanish Griffon Vultures are arriving in Cyprus
Eleni Karatzia    The first Spanish Griffon Vultures are about to arrive in Cyprus to support the extremely threatened population of the species on the island. The restocking action takes place within the framework of LIFE with Vultures, which aims to prevent the extinction of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) from...
18  novembre     16h05
Wildlife Crime Academy: Advanced Course equips participants to improve forensic and police investigation on poisoning incidents in the Balkans and beyond
Eleni Karatzia    In today’s conservation work, combating wildlife crime is essential to effectively protect and preserve certain species. The sad reality is that people behind serious wildlife crimes like poisoning and poaching usually go unpunished. And impunity facilitates these illegal activities to continue,...
17  novembre     16h00
Bearded Vulture pairs in captivity are already busy with the new breeding season
Eleni Karatzia    The previous Bearded Vulture captive breeding season was longer than usual and officially finished at the end of summer with the last releases of captive-bred younglings. A couple of months have passed, and the Bearded Vulture pairs and the staff that look after them are becoming busy again with...
11  novembre     16h45
Vulture conservation works: Status of Bearded Vulture and Egyptian Vulture in Europe improves
Eleni Karatzia    Birds and nature suffer daily due to the unravelling biodiversity and climate crises. And vultures are not immune to these issues. Throughout the world, vultures have been facing many human-induced threats, which led to dramatic population declines in recent years. Today, they are one of the most...
09  novembre     17h08
LIFE Safe For Vultures makes Sardinia more and more a land of Griffon Vultures
Eleni Karatzia    As of 12:36 yesterday, the Griffon Vultures Dresden 1 and Dresden 2 were set free to fly in the Sardinian skies as part of the new LIFE Safe for Vultures. Transferring German’ Griffon Vultures to Sardinia The two Griffon Vultures take their name from the facility they hatched at - Dresden Zoo...
03  novembre     17h57
Two impressive collisions involving vultures highlight the increasing conflict between transport infrastructure and bird conservation in Spain
Eleni Karatzia    After the recent mass-poisoning event in Israel, we are sad to report more vulture mortality caused by anthropogenic factors, highlighting the growing conflict between transport infrastructure and bird conservation in Spain. Train collision causes mass vulture mortality - carcasses quickly...
02  novembre     15h42
Educational workshops about poisoning in Bosnia and Herzegovina raise awareness about the issues in hotspots to help preserve wildlife
Eleni Karatzia    Illegal animal poisoning in Bosnia and Herzegovina poses a significant threat to wildlife, the environment and public health, just like in other Balkan countries. As part of the BalkanDetox LIFE project, the local project partner OrnitoloÅ ko druÅ tvo NAÅ E Ptice (ODNP) conducted educational...
29  octobre     14h50
First Rüppell’s Vulture and two more Cinereous Vultures tagged and released in Portugal
Eleni Karatzia    Earlier this week two young Cinereous Vultures and one juvenile Rüppell’s Vulture were released in the spectacular viewpoint at Santo André das Arribas, Almofala, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, overlooking the Agueda river canyons in Portugal, with GPS transmitters provided by the Vulture...
27  octobre     14h49
Poisoned Mass mortality event of Griffon Vultures in Israel causes significant blow to vulnerable population
Eleni Karatzia    Another poisoning incident created a mass mortality event once again, killing numerous Griffon Vultures in Israel this time. The incident is tragic and devastating. Firstly, because it caused a blow to the population of the species in the country, and secondly, it undermines the numerous and long...
20  octobre     16h13
Announcing the draft programme of the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2021 and the Final LIFE GypConnect Seminar
Eleni Karatzia    We are thrilled to announce the draft programme of the Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2021 and final LIFE GypConnect Seminar During the event, we will bring together the people that make up the Bearded Vulture community to discuss and share the conservation and research work that makes the...
18  octobre     18h18
Educational initiatives among key local communities on vultures and poisoning in the Republic of North Macedonia
Eleni Karatzia    This summer, within the BalkanDetox LIFE project, our North Macedonian partners from the œ cedonian Ecological Society (MES) organised educational workshops in Vitoliste and Gorna Boshava. The focus of the workshops was to discuss the remaining vulture population and the problem of wildlife...
15  octobre     15h45
Reintroduced Bearded Vulture Eglazine leaves the Netherlands after six months being away from home
Eleni Karatzia    In spring this year, the juvenile Bearded Vulture Eglazine reintroduced in the Grands Causses, France, left her release site heading north, finally reaching the Netherlands where she spent most of her time over the past six months. Now, it seems she is returning home.’ In this blog post, we reveal...
13  octobre     17h03
After wintering in Sicily every year, the Egyptian Vulture Diego migrated to Africa for the first time
Eleni Karatzia    Do you remember the incredible Diego that keeps on surprising us with his movements? The Italian’ Egyptian Vulture Diego, with a captive breeding background, reached Africa during his autumn migration this year for the first time - before he selected Sicily as his wintering grounds. Released into...
09  octobre     13h20
Griffon Vultures in the Alps: the results from the 2021 annual summer census are here
Eleni Karatzia    For the twelfth year in a row, the Annual Griffon Vulture Summer Census, coordinated by Envergures Alpines, has taken place to help count the number of visiting Griffon Vultures in the Alps. This year, it was a partial survey. Griffon Vultures in the Alps With the exception of small colonies in...
08  octobre     16h12
Extensive wildlife crime investigation in Andalusia reveals what caused the mysterious death of three Bearded Vultures
Eleni Karatzia    In spring this year, our Bearded Vulture reintroduction project suffered a significant loss - the death of three immature birds. The circumstances of the situation seemed suspicious, with all the signs initially indicating that illegal wildlife poisoning was responsible. In response, our partners...
06  octobre     10h00
First wildlife poisoning stakeholder meeting in Croatia generates key insights from the perspective of target groups
Eleni Karatzia    Wildlife poisoning is a common and significant problem in the central Dalmatian region. Humans, pets, livestock, and animals are all at risk - Environmental NGOs, veterinarians, hunters, the State Inspectorate and livestock breeders agree. As part of BalkanDetox LIFE, the Biom Association convened...
05  octobre     15h57
INFOGRAPHIC: Vultures and Sanitary Regulations in the European Union
Eleni Karatzia    In the wake of the mad-cow disease crisis in the early 2000s, the European Union passed legislation that banned the leaving of dead livestock out in the field. This move reduced food availability for important scavenging birds like vultures, causing adverse impacts on their populations. To mitigate...