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Tue

13

Jul

2021

Young Bearded Vulture Bavaria and Wally successfully take their first flight into the Bavarian Alps

Bavaria after her first flight © Richard Straub/ LBV
Bavaria after her first flight © Richard Straub/ LBV
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Sat

10

Jul

2021

Grands Causses welcomes one more Bearded Vulture as part of the LIFE GypConnect reintroduction project

Left: Peyre as a chick  © VCF / Right: Peyre ready for release with the mayor © LPO Grands Causses
Left: Peyre as a chick © VCF / Right: Peyre ready for release with the mayor © LPO Grands Causses
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Thu

08

Jul

2021

The spread of misinformation as a new challenge for vulture conservation

Griffon Vultures feeding on a carcass © Bruno Berthemy
Griffon Vultures feeding on a carcass © Bruno Berthemy
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Tue

06

Jul

2021

Wildlife Crime Academy: using CSI and forensic science to solve wildlife crimes across 9 countries

© Wildlife Crime Academy/ Vulture Conservation Foundation
© Wildlife Crime Academy/ Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Tue

29

Jun

2021

Donna Elvira and BelArosa recently became the 50th and 51st Bearded Vultures reintroduced in the Swiss Alps 

Donna Elvira © Hansruedi Weyrich
Donna Elvira © Hansruedi Weyrich
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Sun

27

Jun

2021

Cáceres Farmer receives a hefty penalty for intentionally poisoning sheep to kill vultures

Dead Griffon Vulture/illustrative © Jovan Andevski/ VCF
Dead Griffon Vulture/illustrative © Jovan Andevski/ VCF
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Thu

24

Jun

2021

DEAD OR DYING: Nearly 100 vultures fall victim to suspected mass poisoning in Castilla y León (Spain)

 A veterinarian tends to one of the affected vultures © JCYL
A veterinarian tends to one of the affected vultures © JCYL
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Wed

23

Jun

2021

LIFE RE-Vultures: Joint efforts successfully conserve vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes

Griffon Vulture in the Eastern Rhodopes ©  Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
Griffon Vulture in the Eastern Rhodopes © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
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Tue

22

Jun

2021

Wildlife Crime Academy: first training starts in one week

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Fri

18

Jun

2021

Research review: What are the economic benefits of avian scavenger-based tourism in Spain?

Cinereous, Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (l-r) photographed in the Spanish Pyrenees © Pilar Oliva
Cinereous, Griffon and Egyptian Vulture (l-r) photographed in the Spanish Pyrenees © Pilar Oliva
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Fri

18

Jun

2021

Raptor interactions: Golden Eagle predates Griffon Vulture chick

Golden Eagle (left) and Griffon Vulture chick (right)/ illustrative
Golden Eagle (left) and Griffon Vulture chick (right)/ illustrative
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Thu

17

Jun

2021

Tinença de Benifassà natural park welcomed three new Bearded Vultures

Close-up of one of the Bearded Vultures © Generalitat of Valencia
Close-up of one of the Bearded Vultures © Generalitat of Valencia
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Wed

16

Jun

2021

First Egyptian Vulture observation in the UK in 150 years

Egyptian Vulture photographed in the Isles of Scilly, UK © Will Wagstaff
Egyptian Vulture photographed in the Isles of Scilly, UK © Will Wagstaff
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Tue

15

Jun

2021

Livestock breeders and conservationists increase safe food sources for three vulture species in the Meteora of the North

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Fri

11

Jun

2021

Research review: Understanding the links between landscape anthropization and stress in Griffon Vultures

Griffon Vultures/ illustrative © Gianluca Damiani
Griffon Vultures/ illustrative © Gianluca Damiani
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Thu

10

Jun

2021

Bearded Vultures "Bavaria" and "Wally" successfully released in the Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany

Presenting one of the Bearded Vultures © Hansruedi Weyrich
Presenting one of the Bearded Vultures © Hansruedi Weyrich
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Wed

09

Jun

2021

Why are we releasing Bearded Vultures in Germany for the first time ever tomorrow?

BG1113 before and after © Pakillo Rodriguez/ VCF
BG1113 before and after © Pakillo Rodriguez/ VCF
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Tue

08

Jun

2021

Cinereous Vulture illegally poisoned in Bulgaria less than one month following her reintroduction into the wild

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Tue

08

Jun

2021

Vultures: allies in the ecosystem, with added financial benefits

Griffon Vulture close-up © Pilar Oliva
Griffon Vulture close-up © Pilar Oliva
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Sat

05

Jun

2021

The first Bearded Vultures were reintroduced in the Swiss Alps 30 years ago today

Releasing Bearded Vultures in the Swiss National Park © SNP
Releasing Bearded Vultures in the Swiss National Park © SNP
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Fri

04

Jun

2021

Seven young Griffon Vultures of different backgrounds successfully freed into Croatia's wild

Releasing the vultures © Tomislav Bandera Anić/ Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures
Releasing the vultures © Tomislav Bandera Anić/ Beli Visitor Centre and Rescue Centre for Griffon Vultures
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Thu

03

Jun

2021

Necropsy results shed light on the first Bearded Vulture fatality caused by wind turbine collision in Europe

 The carcass of Angèle during the necropsy © Zoological Museum Netherlands
The carcass of Angèle during the necropsy © Zoological Museum Netherlands
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Wed

02

Jun

2021

The M7 Partnership is hiring a part-time Fundraising Consultant

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Tue

01

Jun

2021

Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains welcomed many Griffon Vulture chicks this year again

Griffon Vulture in the Rhodope Mountains/ Illustrative © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
Griffon Vulture in the Rhodope Mountains/ Illustrative © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
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Mon

31

May

2021

A limited-edition Bearded Vulture themed water bottle by Quechua supports the species' conservation

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Sat

29

May

2021

Two more captive-bred Bearded Vultures released in Vercors as part of our reintroduction project

Releasing the Bearded Vultures in Vercors © Alain Herrault
Releasing the Bearded Vultures in Vercors © Alain Herrault
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Fri

28

May

2021

Corsica welcomes two more captive-bred Bearded Vultures to restock the wild population

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Fri

28

May

2021

The BalkanDetox LIFE Project Team Finally Met in Person: 1st NEEMO Monitor Visit and 2nd Partnership Meeting

© Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
© Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
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Thu

27

May

2021

Late hatching of Bearded Vulture baby brings this captive breeding season to a close

The second-to-last Bearded Vulture chick of the 2020/21 breeding season © Puy du Fou
The second-to-last Bearded Vulture chick of the 2020/21 breeding season © Puy du Fou
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Wed

26

May

2021

First in Europe: reintroduced Bearded Vulture that wandered in the Netherlands killed by wind farm

Our president holding the carcass of Angèle © Vulture Conservation Foundation
Our president holding the carcass of Angèle © Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Tue

25

May

2021

LIFE Safe for Vultures: new project reinforces Griffon Vulture population in Sardinia

Releasing a Griffon Vulture in Sardinia © LIFE Under Griffon Wings
Releasing a Griffon Vulture in Sardinia © LIFE Under Griffon Wings
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Sat

22

May

2021

Discovery of Griffon Vulture pair nesting on a tree — first record in Portugal

Griffon Vulture/illustrative © Pilar Oliva
Griffon Vulture/illustrative © Pilar Oliva
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Sat

22

May

2021

Investigation in the Canary Islands reveals the threat of electrocution to birds like the endangered Egyptian Vulture

Investigating mortality of birds © Agentes de Medio Ambiente de Canarias
Investigating mortality of birds © Agentes de Medio Ambiente de Canarias
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Fri

21

May

2021

BREAKING NEWS: Cinereous Vultures are breeding again in Bulgaria's wild years after their extinction

Cinereous Vulture pair with chick photographed with a scope for monitoring purposes from a safe distance © Lachezar Bonchev/ FWFF
Cinereous Vulture pair with chick photographed with a scope for monitoring purposes from a safe distance © Lachezar Bonchev/ FWFF
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Thu

20

May

2021

Griffon Vulture Sunchica that needed rescuing twice embarked on an impressive return trip

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Tue

18

May

2021

Lead ammunition is a problem for eagles and vultures

Golden Eagle suffering from lead poisoning © Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio
Golden Eagle suffering from lead poisoning © Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio
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Fri

14

May

2021

Habitat modelling helps assess risk of wind farms for Bearded Vultures in the Alps

Bearded Vulture in flight © Massimo Prati
Bearded Vulture in flight © Massimo Prati
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Fri

14

May

2021

A wind farm in Navarre kills one vulture every three days

A dead Griffon Vulture in the Cavar wind farm © Noticias de Navarra
A dead Griffon Vulture in the Cavar wind farm © Noticias de Navarra
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Thu

13

May

2021

Andalusian authorities identify suspect in regards to the fatal poisoning of three Bearded Vultures thanks to an appropriate investigative response

One of the three Bearded Vulture carcasses recently poisoned in Andalusia © Junta de Andalucía
One of the three Bearded Vulture carcasses recently poisoned in Andalusia © Junta de Andalucía
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Wed

12

May

2021

Reintroduced Bearded Vulture Eglazine crosses France and embarks on an adventure in the Netherlands

Bearded Vulture Eglazine photographed in the Netherlands © Hans Pohlmann
Bearded Vulture Eglazine photographed in the Netherlands © Hans Pohlmann
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Sat

08

May

2021

Egyptian Vulture Alvor successfully released in Tejo Internacional (Portugal)

Alvor after his release © VCF
Alvor after his release © VCF
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Fri

07

May

2021

Check out the newly launched website of the BalkanDetox LIFE project

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Thu

06

May

2021

A GPS-tagged Griffon Vulture originating from Crete wanders alongside the Cypriot coastline

The moment of CAA's release © Silvio A. Rusmigo
The moment of CAA's release © Silvio A. Rusmigo
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Tue

04

May

2021

Save the date: GypConnect Seminar and Annual Bearded Vulture Meeting 2021

Bearded Vulture/illustrative © Bruno Berthemy
Bearded Vulture/illustrative © Bruno Berthemy
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Thu

29

Apr

2021

Diego returned to his Italian spring-summer base, but soon after made a surprise excursion

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Wed

28

Apr

2021

A Spanish Cinereous Vulture, GPS-tagged and reintroduced in Bulgaria, was probably shot in Hungary

The GPS tag of "Ichera" found © Gábor Deák, MME/BirdLife Hungary
The GPS tag of "Ichera" found © Gábor Deák, MME/BirdLife Hungary
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Tue

27

Apr

2021

Three more Griffon Vultures tagged and released in Messolonghi will help combat illegal wildlife poisoning in the Balkans

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Mon

26

Apr

2021

Launch of new Bearded Vulture release season: Two young and captive-bred brothers reintroduced in the Grands Causses, France

Bearded Vulture Plumet © LPO Grands Causses
Bearded Vulture Plumet © LPO Grands Causses
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Sun

25

Apr

2021

More Cinereous Vultures enter acclimatisation aviary to get ready for eventual release in the Bulgarian wild

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Fri

23

Apr

2021

Bearded Vulture chick hatches and doing well after three facilities work together to secure the future of the egg produced

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Thu

22

Apr

2021

Significant blow to vulture conservation: Largest mass vulture mortality event reported from Nepal severely impacts Endangered Species

The carcasses of the poisoned vultures in Nepal © nepalkatha
The carcasses of the poisoned vultures in Nepal © nepalkatha
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Wed

21

Apr

2021

Remembering Nick Williams — a raptor conservation groundbreaker and an inspiration to all of us at the VCF

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Tue

20

Apr

2021

Discovery of a rare Egyptian Vulture nest in Cape Verde

Egyptian Vultures in Cape Verde © Pedro Lopez/ Bios CV
Egyptian Vultures in Cape Verde © Pedro Lopez/ Bios CV
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Mon

19

Apr

2021

Most recent GPS movements of 58 Bearded Vultures across seven important European regions (March 2021)

Bearded Vulture in flight © Nello Petito
Bearded Vulture in flight © Nello Petito
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Sat

17

Apr

2021

Award-winning author released her new children's adventure book with a vulture conservation theme

Judy Brulo and her new book
Judy Brulo and her new book
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Fri

16

Apr

2021

Nature heroes: Dog and human team up to search and remove poison from Bulgaria's countryside

Nikolay and Bars © Димитър Градинаров
Nikolay and Bars © Димитър Градинаров
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Thu

15

Apr

2021

Alpine Bearded Vultures pairs have already produced several chicks during this breeding season

Bearded Vultures in flight © Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vultures in flight © Hansruedi Weyrich
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Wed

14

Apr

2021

Discovery of the oldest wild Egyptian Vulture

The male Egyptian Vulture captured in 1993 (left) and again in 2020 (right) © (Donázar & Margalida, 2021)
The male Egyptian Vulture captured in 1993 (left) and again in 2020 (right) © (Donázar & Margalida, 2021)
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Tue

13

Apr

2021

The reintroduced Cinereous Vulture Riga finally returns to Bulgaria after a long absence

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Mon

12

Apr

2021

The ninth edition of La Plume du Life, the LIFE GYPCONNECT's newsletter, released

Ophrys who was released in 2020 © Régis Descamps
Ophrys who was released in 2020 © Régis Descamps
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Fri

09

Apr

2021

A Cinereous Vulture "love triangle" in Bulgaria: Who will Montana choose? 

Reintroduced Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria © Hristo Peshev/FWFF
Reintroduced Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria © Hristo Peshev/FWFF
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Fri

09

Apr

2021

Egyptian Vulture Sara carries out incredible migration journey from Niger to Italy

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Thu

08

Apr

2021

Bearded Vulture Flamadel returns home after 15 months of receiving challenging veterinary treatment

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Wed

07

Apr

2021

First evidence of a vulture killed by veterinary diclofenac in Spain – will the Spanish government and the EU act after this smoking gun?

The diclofenac-poisoned Cinereous Vulture lies dead in its nest © GSM Agents Rurals
The diclofenac-poisoned Cinereous Vulture lies dead in its nest © GSM Agents Rurals
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Tue

06

Apr

2021

Significant blow to the Cinereous Vulture breeding population in Turkey – 7 birds found dead, probably poisoned

The dead Cinereous Vultures in the laboratory © Associate Professor Emine Hesna Kandır
The dead Cinereous Vultures in the laboratory © Associate Professor Emine Hesna Kandır
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Mon

05

Apr

2021

New issue of the Bulletin "infoGIPETO" now available

Bearded Vulture in flight/illustrative © Nello Petito
Bearded Vulture in flight/illustrative © Nello Petito
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Fri

02

Apr

2021

Two adult Egyptian Vultures from Bulgaria will not return to their breeding grounds this spring

Carcass of Egyptian Vulture Borris © EWNHS
Carcass of Egyptian Vulture Borris © EWNHS
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Wed

31

Mar

2021

New research reveals when, where, and why Egyptian Vultures are dying

Egyptian Vulture Released After Being Tagged with a Remote-Tracking Device in Armenia (c) Evan Buechley
Egyptian Vulture Released After Being Tagged with a Remote-Tracking Device in Armenia (c) Evan Buechley
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Tue

30

Mar

2021

Bearded Vulture chick travels to a new facility to be adopted by experienced foster parents

Bearded Vulture chick arrived at the zoo © Barbara Feldmann/ Schönbrunn Zoo
Bearded Vulture chick arrived at the zoo © Barbara Feldmann/ Schönbrunn Zoo
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Mon

29

Mar

2021

Second proven case of fatal lead poisoning for a Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria

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Fri

26

Mar

2021

Achieving a world-record: Guadalentín centre in Andalusia hatched the highest-ever number of Bearded Vulture chicks produced in a single breeding season

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Wed

24

Mar

2021

Express rescue mission rehabilitates, tags and releases Cinereous Vulture breeding adult in Salamanca (Spain)

Cinereous Vulture Jacinto released in Salamanca (c) José Jambas
Cinereous Vulture Jacinto released in Salamanca (c) José Jambas
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Tue

23

Mar

2021

Cinereous Vultures are demonstrating breeding behaviour in Bulgaria for the first time since their extinction nearly 30 years ago

Balkan and VCF Know-How — the first formed Cinereous Vulture pair in Bulgaria © Green Balkans
Balkan and VCF Know-How — the first formed Cinereous Vulture pair in Bulgaria © Green Balkans
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Sat

20

Mar

2021

New portal launched in Serbia to report bird suffering and respond in real-time

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Fri

19

Mar

2021

WATCH: Webcam live streams the daily life of a Cinereous Vulture pair nesting in Spain

The Cinereous Vulture pair with their egg © SEO BirdLife
The Cinereous Vulture pair with their egg © SEO BirdLife
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Thu

18

Mar

2021

More Critically Endangered vultures die in Guinea-Bissau one year following the biggest ever mass vulture mortality event in the world

Vulture carcasses from recent mass mortality incident © ODZH
Vulture carcasses from recent mass mortality incident © ODZH
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Wed

17

Mar

2021

One more Bearded Vulture translocated as part of the newest reintroduction project in Maestrazgo

Releasing the Bearded Vulture (c) Generalitat de Catalunya
Releasing the Bearded Vulture (c) Generalitat de Catalunya
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Tue

16

Mar

2021

Research review: New study reveals the importance of feeding sites and carcasses in the wider landscape for Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria and Greece.

Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
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Thu

11

Mar

2021

Bearded Vulture chicks keep on hatching in captivity

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Wed

10

Mar

2021

Natural disaster in Bulgaria kills the reintroduced and paired Cinereous Vulture Marina

Marina's remains and GPS tag © FWFF
Marina's remains and GPS tag © FWFF
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Tue

09

Mar

2021

Poisoned to death: Only remaining Cinereous Vulture breeding colony in the Balkans loses two nesting birds

The two carcasses of the Cinereous Vultures ©Έλα Κρετ -WWF Greece
The two carcasses of the Cinereous Vultures ©Έλα Κρετ -WWF Greece
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Mon

08

Mar

2021

Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria reached more than 100 pairs

 Griffon Vulture in flight/ illustrative © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
Griffon Vulture in flight/ illustrative © Bogdan Boev/ Rewilding Europe
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Fri

05

Mar

2021

The Vulture Conservation Foundation is hiring a Research Officer

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Thu

04

Mar

2021

The Spanish Cinereous Vultures arrived in Bulgaria and are already acclimatising to their new home!

Releasing the Cinereous Vultures in the acclimitisation aviary © Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
Releasing the Cinereous Vultures in the acclimitisation aviary © Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
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Wed

03

Mar

2021

Bearded Vulture breeding progress in Savoie is heading towards a record-high season!

Bearded Vulture in flight  © Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vulture in flight © Hansruedi Weyrich
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Tue

02

Mar

2021

Portuguese Griffon Vulture returned to nature after surviving illegal shooting and lead poisoning!

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Mon

01

Mar

2021

Largest-ever Cinereous Vulture transport starts from Extremadura to Bulgaria to help reintroduce the species

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Fri

26

Feb

2021

Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro arrived in the Douro two months after its early return to Europe

Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release ©  Vulture Conservation Foundation
Egyptian Vulture Fangueiro after release © Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Thu

25

Feb

2021

For the first time, we are following the GPS movements of a juvenile wild-hatched Bearded Vulture from Italy

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Wed

24

Feb

2021

The Griffon Vulture returns as a breeding species in Morocco after 40 years of absence!

Griffon Vulture in flight/illustrative  © Nello Petito
Griffon Vulture in flight/illustrative © Nello Petito
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Tue

23

Feb

2021

A peek into the early days of a newly-hatched Griffon Vulture chick in Bulgaria

© Green Balkans
© Green Balkans
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Mon

22

Feb

2021

WATCH: Documentary recounts the work conducted in the scope of the LIFE Egyptian Vulture project in Italy and the Canary Islands

Egyptian Vulture Clint when he was a day old/ illustrative (c) CERM / LIFE Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian Vulture Clint when he was a day old/ illustrative (c) CERM / LIFE Egyptian Vulture
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Fri

19

Feb

2021

Dutch zoo Dierenrijk donates Griffon Vulture to the reintroduction project in Bulgaria!

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Thu

18

Feb

2021

Reintroduced in France, electrocuted in Italy: Young Bearded Vulture Palo-Pala meets tragic end

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Wed

17

Feb

2021

WATCH: Human keepers and Bearded Vulture mum rear newly hatched captive-bred chick in Andalusia

The Bearded Vulture chick was nicknamed 'Attenborough' in honour of the British naturalist © Pakillo Rodríguez
The Bearded Vulture chick was nicknamed 'Attenborough' in honour of the British naturalist © Pakillo Rodríguez
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Tue

16

Feb

2021

The breeding season of reintroduced Griffon Vultures in Bulgaria has already begun with the first incubating pairs observed

Griffons and a Cinereous Vulture recently photographed at Vrachanski Balkan © Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
Griffons and a Cinereous Vulture recently photographed at Vrachanski Balkan © Hristo Peshev/ FWFF
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Mon

15

Feb

2021

Griffon Vulture population in Cyprus remains stable according to latest census

Griffon Vulture photographed during the census © Eleni Karatzia/ Vulture Conservation Foundation
Griffon Vulture photographed during the census © Eleni Karatzia/ Vulture Conservation Foundation
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Sat

13

Feb

2021

Most recent GPS movements of 58 Bearded Vultures across seven important European regions

Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
Bearded Vulture in flight (c) Bruno Berthemy
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Fri

12

Feb

2021

Three Griffon Vultures released in Messolonghi symbolic of 1821 Greek liberation

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Thu

11

Feb

2021

Bearded Vultures in the Alps are busy with the new breeding season

Bearded Vultures in flight (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
Bearded Vultures in flight (c) Hansruedi Weyrich
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