The reintroduction project for the Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria has had a successful year 2016.
11 young vultures fledged in this year’s breeding season.
In south-west Bulgaria there haven’t been any young Griffon vultures for more than 50 years until one checked fledged in 2015.
The 11 chicks for this year are a significant increase and a huge success for the whole project.
The re-establishment of Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria is very important for the future of Griffon Vultures in Europe which are (except for Spain) very rare or absent from formerly occupied territories.
For more information see the announcement by the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna:
The Griffon Vulture is again part of the Balkan Mountain and Pirin in Bulgaria after 60years of absence
The reintroduction project for the Cinereous Vulture (or Black Vulture) is doing very well.
As the Spanish NGO Grefa writes, there are currently 6 pairs breeding the the Pre-Pyrenees:
For more information see here:
6 Black Vulture pairs are incubating in Lleida’s Pre-Pyrenees
6 parejas de buitre negro están incubando en el Prepirineo de Lleida
Green Balkans has recently reported the first sighting of a Cinereous Vulture in the Eastern Balkan Mountains in more than thirty years.
The Cinereous Vulture is one of the most endangred species in Europe and extremely rare everywhere outside of Spain.
Green Balkans and other NGOs keep working for it’s protection in south-eastern Europe.
A Black Vulture in Eastern Balkan Mountains for a first time for more than thirty years
The vulture conservation program of Green Balkans:
Vultures in Bulgaria
The Egyptian vulture is an endangered species over most of it’s range. The good news is that many people are working to protect it.
In Bulgaria and Greece there is a very important LIFE+ project for the species. The project has now published their first English newsletter.
The newsletter can be found here (PDF):
To learn more about the LIFE+ project, click here:;
The Return of the Neophron
Munir Virani, working for the Peregrine Fund, is one of the world’s leading expert on vultures and a very passionate advocate for their conservation.
Have a look at this video (only a few minutes), leave a comment and vote for it so Munir can present at the TED conference next year in USA.
Here is the video:
Munir Virani: Why I love vultures
Please support Munir in his fight to save the vultures in Africa and beyond!
The LIFE project “Urgent measures to secure the survival of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Bulgaria and Greece” has a new website with videos, pictures and lot’s of information about the Egyptian Vulture and it’s conservation in Bulgaria and Greece.
Green Balkans, a NGO working for conservation on the Balkan just announced the first nest of Griffon vultures in the Eastern Balkan Mountains.
This is a great success for the Vultures Return in Bulgaria LIFE08 NAT/BG/278 Project.
For more information, see here:
First nest of Griffon vultures in the Eastern Balkan Mountains
Lead poisoning is a serious threat for raptors in many places around the world and affects many species like White-tailed Eagles (most common cause of death in Germany), Bearded Vultures, Golden Eagles, California Condors or Steller’s Sea Eagles.
A recent case is about a Bearded Vulture that died from lead poisoning. The bird was part of the conservation program for the species in the Alpes and called Nicola.
More information in German can be found here:
In order to avoid those deaths in the future, lead ammunition should be made illegal across Europe and around the world.
Vultures are in trouble in many countries. In order to raise the public awareness about this fascinating creatures, there will be the International Vulture Awareness Day on September 3rd, 2011.
This annual event is supported by a huge number of organisations.
For more information, see here:
The Egyptian in Vulture is a rare and endangered vulture species in almost all countries where the it occurs. In Bulgaria the BSPB is working hard to protect the species.
Now a new website is online with information about the species, the threats the birds face and what is done to protect them.
Conservation and Research of the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria