All the juvenile Egyptian Vultures in Bulgaria with identification rings [ 2010-09-07 17:19:48 ]

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.
In the long-term the ringing of all birds will give answer of a very important questions like: where do the Egyptian Vultures die mostly-in Bulgaria or on the migration route and the wintering grounds; what is their lifespan, what is the lifetime reproductive success, is there a correlation between the survival and the quality of the breeding territory; how often changes of the partners in the pair occur, what percentage of the birds fledged in North Bulgaria start breeding in the Rhodopes and is this the reason for the decline of the northern population; what is the occurrence of inbreeding and many others.
We hope that public awareness campaigns for such and activities will improve the public understanding and compassion for the need to protect this so endangered bird.

The main participants in the activity were Volen Arkumarev, Ivaylo Angelov, Tsvetomira Yotsova, Vladimir Dobrev, Dobromir Dobrev, Iliya Iliev, Danail Arkumarev and Saniye Mumun from BSPB branch Haskovo, Svetoslav Spasob from BSPB Sofia, Steffen Oppeland Guy Anderson from RSPB, Jivko Barzov, Yana Barzova and Chavdar Nikolov from BSPB Varna, Emiliyan Stoynov from FWFF, Sylvia Dyulgerova, Vichra Hristova and Todor Todorov. We thank for the help and support of Milko Belberov, Tsonka Hristova and Georgi Georgiev from the Directorate of Nature Park Russenski Lom and Hristo Hristov from Alpine Club “Edelweiss”. Sincere thanks to everybody who gave invaluable support for the conservation of the Egyptian Vulture.

The activity is funded by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, operative program “Environment 2007 – 2013”, project № 58301–62-482 and donation from Barbara Cross and Michael Roberts from RSPB.

Pictures:Ivaylo Angelov, Volen Arkumarev, Chavdar Nikolv, Steffen Oppel.

More information about the ringing in the previous years you can find on

http://http://bspb.org/show/1274-33 and http://http://bspb.org/show2.php?id=980&menu_id=96