[2011-09-13 10:37:24]

Groshko, the Egyptian Vulture saved

Lection

During the previous month a juvenile Egyptian Vulture from “Rusenski Lom” Nature park was tagged with satellite transmitter: (http://bspb.org/show2.php?id=1970&menu_id=33)
The juvenile which is one from the only two chicks in two nests, hatched in the Park this year was named Groshko. On August 31st Groshko made its first flight out of the nest but was observed for last time at 20:20 on 1st of September settled for roosting in the nest. His parents stayed in the area two more days but finally abandoned the area and only the male bird appeared for a few hours days later. The sun-light powered transmitter, still haven’t charged enough to send signal, because the breeding niche, where the nestling spend most time was too shady. The behavior of the adult birds didn’t suggest that the juvenile might be still alive.

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[2011-09-03 11:30:23 ]

New article for the conservation of the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria, published in the German magazine “Der Falke”

Lection

The specialized German magazine “Der Falke” published an article written by our colleague Ivaylo Angelov, who is coordinating the conservation work on the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria. The publication is devoted on this emblematic bird for the Bulgarian nature-conservation. On a readable way, the article presents the story of the Egyptian Vulture, the enthusiasm and efforts of the Bulgarian conservationists and the difficulties they come upon.

 

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[2011-08-25 13:48:13 ]

Mortality cases among the Egyptian vultures

Lection

During the months April and May the Egyptian vultures’ breeding season was promising to be more successful than the last year. From 32 known pairs, 24 have started incubation, which is with two pairs more than the previous year. Every year due to different reasons some pairs do not succeed in hatching their eggs and part of the juveniles die after hatching. On average two breeding pairs (the ones which laid eggs) are not successful each year, and this year their number reached five. Two pairs did not have success in the incubating of the eggs and the juveniles of three other pairs died.

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[2011-08-08 10:56:56 ]

The juvenile Egyptian vulture named Groshko, now equipped with satellite transmitter

Lection

On 4th August 2011 in the Nature Park “Rusenski Lom” BSPB team tagged a satellite transmitter to a juvenile Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). The Administration of the park gave him the name Groshko. The tagging of the transmitter is part of implementation of contract between the Directorate of the park and BSPB. The other planned actions are tagging of radio transmitter to juvenile Eagle Owl and satellite transmitter to a juvenile Black Stork, which was done in the beginning of July

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[2011-07-21 12:07:52 ]

It’s vulture time!

Lection

The next publication of Lucy Dimitrova, is this time devoted on the saving of the Egyptian Vultures. http://www.ecomii.com/blogs/jeff-corwin-citizen-blog/2011/07/19/its-vulture-time/#more-167 The BSPB team and the Egyptian Vultures thank Lucy for the dedication and the beautifully written publication! More about Lucy you can read here: http://www.ecomii.com/bio/lucy-dimitrova

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[2011-05-16 05:17:45 ]

Suffering Egyptian vulture rescued and saved thanks to conscientious community of Glavinitsa

Lection

On May 12th 2011 one Egyptian Vulture with symptoms of food poisoning was found by local people in the surroundings of the village Listets, municipality of Glavinitsa, region Silistra. Thanks to the signal given by conscientious people, the vulture was taken from the nest, later at night, by team of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center – Stara Zagora. Immediately the bird was given first aid and up to this moment its condition is improving.

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[2010-12-22 16:40:46 ]

New expedition for the Egyptian Vultures in Ethiopia

Lection

A second Ethiopian expedition conducted by BSPB and the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS)/BirdLife Ethiopia finished. The team members were Ivaylo Angelov and Nikolay Terziev from BSPB, Bruktawit Abdu and Tesfaye Bikilla (driver) from EWNHS, Alazar Daka (WildCODE), Samson Zelleke (EWNHS).

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[2010-11-19 11:11:22 ]

The Egyptian Vulture Spartacus shows us its wintering grounds in Africa

Lection

Chad is a country in Central Africa known as “the dead heart of Africa”. It could turn out that exactly Chad is the main wintering area for the Bulgarian Egyptian Vultures and probably the Balkans too. This year BSPB satellite tagged a juvenile Egyptian Vulture named Spartacus. Almost daily through internet we receive data with the geographic coordinates of the location of the bird which are taken by the transmitter every two hours. Reaching the central parts of Chad, Spartacus started decreasing the average distance which he flew daily from 300 to 70-80 km. Recently Spartacus ceased its typical migratory behavior and settled in a small area inhabited by pastoralists livestock herders nearby the Fitri lake, 120 km east of the lake Chad and the capital city N`djamena.

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[2010-10-27 17:41:02 ]

BSPB participated in the National competition in science and ecology

Lection

BSPB took part in the National competition in science and ecology, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science in Kardjali. The two-day competition presented school projects from all over the country that allow students who participate in their implementation to gain high marks and benefit while apply universities. Eight-member jury of academics, experts from the Ministry and teachers had the difficult task to distinguishing the best projects.

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[2010-10-11 10:54:50 ]

A death trap for the Egyptian Vultures in Africa

Lection

A joint expedition between BSPB and the Sudanese Wildlife Society (25.IX-5.X.2010) has found 17 electrocuted Egyptian Vultures. The main study area of the expedition was the Red Sea coast in North-Eastern Sudan.

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[2010-10-05 13:30:42 ]

Sudan

Lection

On 24 of September BSPB’s expedition left for Sudan. Ivaylo Angelov and Iliya Iliev are going to investigate the electric transmission network, considered as one of the main reasons for the high death-rate of the Egyptian vulture during it’s Black sea migration. We already received the preliminary date of 17 Egyptian vultures dead because of electric shock in the investigated area.

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[ 2010-10-01 03:11:15 ]

Spartacus on the migration way to Africa

Lection

Almost two months ago, a BSPB team tagged a satellite transmitter to juvenile Egyptian Vulture in a nest in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. It has an important mission, which is to carry the transmitter twice a year across three continents during its migration, wintering and return to the natal areas. We hope that the modern technology will reveal unknown details of the vulture’s life and shed light on the poorly known wintering grounds of the Egyptian Vultures from Bulgaria. We named it Spartacus, because we wanted to inspire it with courage, strength and confidence during its uneasy and full with dangers life of an Egyptian Vulture.

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[ 2010-09-07 17:19:48 ]

All the juvenile Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria with identification rings

Lection

In July and August a BSPB’s team ringed all known 25 juvenile Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria. All of them have been ringed with a steel metal ring on the right leg and a PVC color ring with identification number on the left leg. This makes for total of 78 ringed juveniles in the last three years. This year together with a team of WWF-Greece and HOS/BirdLife were ringed another two juvenile Egyptian Vultures in the Greek part of the Eastern Rhodopes. In future the rare birds can be easily identified by the rings which last for life.

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[ 2010-08-12 18:01:23 ]

The project „Conservation Measures for a Flagship Bird Species in the East of Bulgaria - The Egyptian Vulture" was successfully brought to an end

Lection

The project “Conservation Measures for a Flagship Bird Species in the East of Bulgaria - The Egyptian Vulture” has been successfully brought to an end. The project was carried out by the Bulgarian Society for the protection of Birds with the financial support of the Rufford Small Grants Foundation. The project ran from 2009 to 2010 and was supervised by Ivaylo Angelov. Some of the most important results of the study relate to the ten juvenile vultures that were ringed with colored metal rings and were sampled for toxicology.

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[ 2010-06-07 11:52:39 ]

New methodology for supplementary feeding of Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria

Lection

In 2010 BSPB started an experimentation of a new methodology for supplementary feeding for the population of the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria. Novelty in this method the use of small quantities of food (up to 1 kg), placed on specially chosen places. The feeding is necessary to provide extra amount of safe food, which will contribute to increase the nest success and to decrease the risk of poisoning.

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[ 2010-04-16 13:15:23 ]

The Egyptian Vulture in Turkey

Lection

The Egyptian Vulture undergoes through a rapid population decline in most of its distribution range. Turkey still holds one of the biggest populations of the species and it is roughly estimated at 1500 - 3000 pairs. From the ecology it is known that when a species is in decline, the process is most marked in the periphery of the range. Therefore the health status of the turkish population probably greatly influences the status of the most northern Balkan population, where the species is still surviving in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia. In 2009 Doga Dernegi-the BirdLife partner in Turkey started field campaign of monitoring and research of the density of population of the Egyptian Vulture to the west of Ankara.

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[ 2010-02-02 10:55:15 ]

Pupils in Burgas and the Eastern Rhodopes got to know about the Egyptian Vulture and White-Headed Duck.

Lection

More than 20 multimedia presentations were made at schools in the regions of Burgas and the Eastern Rhodopes about the threats, mode of living and necessity of protection of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) And White-Headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala).The presentations’ objective was raising the ecological culture level of the pupils in the regions which are key ones for the conservation of the two species mentioned above.

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[2010-01-04 14:11:45 ]

The Egyptian Vulture – What’s going on in Africa?

Vulture in Africa

In 2009 BSPB started an initiative for creating of partnerships with the countries from the Near East and East Africa with aim to reveal and halt the threats for the Egyptian vulture along its migration route and in the wintering areas. From 5-th till 23-th December BSPB team together with colleagues from the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS)/BirdLife Ethiopia conducted expedition in the Afar triangle, Ethiopia, where is located the biggest known congregation of wintering Egyptian vultures in East Africa.

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[2009-12-01 11:10:47 ]

Information campaign for conservation of the Egyptian Vulture.

Campaign

In october 2009 more than 400 copies of the calendar for 2010 raising awareness of the conservation of the Egyptian Vulture were distributed in about 110 villages and towns in the areas of distribution of the species in Bulgaria, mainly in the regions of the Eastern Rhodopes, Provadiysko-Royaksko Plateau, Roussenski Lom and Eastern Stara planina.

 

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[ 2009-10-12 03:09:25 ]

Improvement of breeding niche for Egyptian Vulture.

Improvement

On October 10th, 2009 a team of BSPB and FWFF modified a natural cliff niche in Kotlenska Mountain making it siutable for Egyptian Vultures to breed. Still in 1993 the species became extinct from the Kotel region but appeared again in the summer of 2009 as a result of the started Griffon Vultures reintroduction, and four non-breeding Egyptian Vultures stayed for a few months in the area. One of the birds was observed visiting a cliff niche siutable for breeding.

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[2009-09-24 11:34:10 ]

Expedition for the Egyptian vulture in Asia Minor.

Expedition

During 12-19.09.2009 BSPB/BirdLife Bulgaria team in collaboration with Doga Dernegi/BirdLife Turkey conducted expedition in Asia Minor aiming research of the migration ecology of the Egyptian vulture focused on the threatening factors for the species during migration along its autumn flyway over Turkey. The expedition was initiated as a result of the fast and large-scale decline of the species and the urgent need to discover the threats outside of the breeding grounds, which are probably significantly responsible for the worsening of the population status.

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[ 2009-09-23 18:13:12 ]

Successful end of the first nest guarding of Egyptian vulture nest in Bulgaria.

Security

In 2009 for the first time in Bulgaria was done full everyday nest guarding of a highly endangered from human disturbance nest of Egyptian vulture in Northeast Bulgaria. The activity was done in Natura 2000 site “Provadiya-Royak Plateau” and lasted for 122 days, from 22.05 to 20.09.2009. The nest guarding was implemented by BSPB and Tourist and Nature-conservation Society “Orlovi skali”.

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[ 2009-08-10 03:44:47 ]

BSPB made toxicology sampling and ringed all juvenile Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria.

Samples

All 25 unfledged juveniles of the endangered Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) were sampled between 15.07 and 05.08.2009 during a toxicology study made by BSPB. The birds were ringed also with permanent plastic color rings. After the worrying last years’ results for the health status of the juveniles (http://bspb.org/show2.php?id=1072&menu_id=33), during this year BSPB conducted larger scaled toxicology sampling of the unfledged juveniles. From 21 juveniles were taken blood samples for studying the contamination levels of heavy metals, antibiotics, pesticides and different diseases. Secretions from eye, throat and cloaci were taken from all 25 juveniles for studying the prevalence of bacterial and fungal infections.

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[ 2009-07-08 06:34:15 ]

Alarming results from the monitoring of the Egyptian vulture nesting population in Bulgaria.

Monitoring

Since 2003 BSPB/Birdlife Bulgaria has been carrying out regular monitoring of the Egyptian vulture population in Bulgaria. Nowadays it is the most endangered raptor specie in Europe and every year its number is decreasing rapidly both in Bulgaria and all over the continent. In 2009 BSPB is proceeding with conservation activities altogether with the regular monitoring. This year 32 pairs and one solitary bird with an occupied nesting territory have been recorded with great efforts. Till now 23 pairs (72%) have started incubating and most of them have chicks. Also another 58 historically known territories were confirmed to be abandoned.

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[ 2009-06-03 03:54:44 ]

Tourist Access to Egyptian Vulture Nest Blocked.

Stop

On May 24th , 2009 a team from BSPB found a pair of Egyptian Vultures, in Municipality of Provadia, within the Provadiysko-Royaksko Plateau Natura 2000 zone, breeding in a cliff niche, which was accessible by people by means of a iron bridge built to develop ecotourism. Early morning the next day, BSPB started daily guarding of the nest; in the afternoon, after consultation with the Municipality, BSPB blocked the bridge to visitors by fencing it off with barbed wire.

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[ 2009-05-27 10:57:27 ]

BSPB Saves Threatened Egyptian Vulture Nest.

Save

On May 24, 2009 while performing the monthly monitoring of the Egyptian Vulture, a BSPB team found that one of the pairs in the Natura 2000 area "Provadiysko-Royaksko plateau" was nesting in a niche in the cliffs, which is easily accessible to people through the use of an iron structure built to develop ecotourism.

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[ 2009-04-05 09:15:30 ]

BSPB started the this years field activities for conservation and research on the Egyptian vulture.

In action

BSPB started the this years field activities for conservation and research on the Egyptian vulture.

 

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[ 2009-02-12 ]

Alarming results from toxicology study on the Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria.

Alarming results

BSPB made toxicology study on 15 juvenile Egyptian vultures in order to revealing and clarifying of the reasons for the very fast decline of the species in the country. Blood, eye, throat and cloacae samples were taken and analyzed by the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Spain. The analysis are very worrying regarding health. There is a high prevalence of pathogens especially pathogens of poultry and pigeons (gumboro disease, salmonella, trichomonas). Several individuals are sufereing the disease as indicated in the serology (antibodies in plasma).

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[ 2008-12-16 ]

In the last three years BSPB conducts diet study on the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

Research

In the last three years BSPB conducts diet study on the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

 

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[ 2008-09-15 ]

Dead Egyptian vulture found.

Dead vulture

Dead Egyptian vulture found.

 

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[ 2008-08-27 ]

BSPB ringed 27 juvenile Egyptian vultures.

Taking care

BSPB team ringed 27 juvenile Egyptian Vultures from 20 nests, or 80% of the fledglings in Bulgaria in 2008. The activity was done between 10 July and 12 August. The Directorate of Roussenski Lom Nature Park, Regional Inspectorate of Environment Haskovo and Rousse joined the activity. Blood samples were taken from 7 juveniles for toxicological analysis, for pesticides, antibiotics and heavy metals contaminations. Another 24 mucous samples were taken from 14 juveniles for microbiological tests. The chicks were sampled in the nests before fledging and ringed with green plastic rings on the left leg and with standard EURING alluminum rings on the right. Colour ringing will greatly enhance monitoring the survival of young vultures.

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[ 2008-05-16 ]

National Egyptian Vulture action plan is accepted by the Ministry of Environment.

Plan accepted

On the 15th of May 2008 the National Council for Biodiversity at the Ministry of Environment and Waters of Bulgaria accepted with a complete majority the action plan for the protection of the egyptian vulture(2009-2018), which was developed by BSPB. The plan is a result of over 20 years of activities by Birdlife-Bulgaria on the protection of this globally endagered species, whose numbers are rapidly decreasing in recent years. Most members of the Council – Bulgarian scientists, experts from environmental agencies and NGOs- were more than pleased with the action plan, which was mostly due to the high quality work of people who played an essensial role in its preparation -Marin Kurtev and Ivailo Angelov and the team of experts and volunteers that worked with them in recent years.

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[ 2008-06-23 ]

Balkan working group on the Egyptian vulture.

Balkan workgroup

The Balkan working group for the Egyptian Vulture held their regular meeting from the 15th through the 17th of November this year at the BSPB Conservation Centre in Majarovo. Thirteen presentations informed conference participants on conservation activities in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and the region of Dadya in Greece. Ben Hallman and Pascal Orabi (LPO France) presented on the condition of the Egyptian Vulture populations in Albania and France.

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[ 2007-10-19 ]

Dead Egyptian vulture.

Dead vulture

On 16th of October, 2007, an adult Egyptian Vulture was found dead by BSPB team in the Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria under the nest cliff. The dead bird was well known to the team of the project “Urgent measures for conservation of the Egyptian Vulture”. It was the female bird of the pair and easy for recognition because of its darker head skin colour and was called “the bird with the mask”. Its last observation was on 31.08.2007 and we assume that it died approximately a month ago. A bill of a juvenile Egyptian Vulture was also found in the same nest and it probably died in 2006 about a month before fledging.

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[ 2007-08-21 ]

Two ill juvenile Egyptian vultures.

Injured

Two ill juvenile Egyptian vultures.

 

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[ 2007-08-09 ]

Two new pairs of the endangered Egyptian vulture found.

Two pairs

Two new pairs of the endangered Egyptian vulture found.

 

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[ 2007-07-19 ]

Alarming results from the monitoring of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

Monitoring

Alarming results from the monitoring of the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

 

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[ 2007-04-02 12:01:01 ]

The first pairs of Egyptian vultures are already arrived to their nests.

In the nest

At the end of March, three pairs of Egyptian Vultures were seen in the Eastern Rodopi Mountains. Volunteers from the BSPB visited the territory during the 25th-31st of March, and in addition to the pairs of Egyptian Vultures, field researchers found two singular birds. The field activities are part of a project recently started by the BSPB, Urgent Measures for Protecting the Egyptian Vulture in Bulgaria, with backing from the Frankfurt (Germany) Zoological Society and the Foundation for the Black Vulture.

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[ 2005-07-15 ]

Successful start of survey program on the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

Survey program

Successful start of survey program on the Egyptian vulture in Bulgaria.

 

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[ 2004-11-25 12]

The rubbish dumps – threat for the people and biodiversity.

Threat

The rubbish dumps – threat for the people and biodiversity.

 

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