Lead poisoning and vultures: new scientific contributions

Lead poisoning is a well-known threat to vultures and other scavengers, and in certain species and areas it may even be a significant threat – the recovery of the Californian condor is mostly hampered by this threat, while in the Alps lead poisoning may be the most significant threat to bearded vultures currently (since […]

2 Bearded Vultures poisoned last week in Andalusia, Spain, bringing the total for this year to 3.

An adult male bearded vulture was found dead, poisoned, in late September in Huescar (Granada) – the male was 6 years old. The post-mortem and toxicological analysis done afterwards indicated that it had died after ingestion of carbofuran, a powerful insecticide that has been banned but is often still used illegally to lace baits […]

Bearded vultures released in the Baronnies – a new reintroduction site – finally fledged

 

Girun and Volcaire – two young bearded vultures bred in captivity within the VCF managed captive-breeding network – were placed in the hacking platform on the 3rd of June, as part of the reintroduction project in the Alps-Grands Causses, now managed under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project.

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Bearded vulture captive breeding for conservation – 2015 report published

Captive breeding has had a profound impact in returning the Bearded Vulture back into many former breeding locations throughout Europe

Now that the breeding season in the bearded vulture captive breeding network managed by the VCF has finished, we are also publishing the final results and report for last year´s. As […]

Young bearded vulture released in the Grands Causses dies due to viper bite

One of the two young females released earlier this year in the Grands Causses (Massif central, France) in the reintroduction project there, now under the LIFE GYPCONNECT project, has recently died due to a snake (viper) bite.

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Linking bearded vultures from the Alps to the Pyrenees: two young bearded vultures will be released tomorrow in a new site in the Baronnies

As part of its programme to restore the bearded vulture across Europe, the VCF and its partners have been very busy releasing young bearded vultures, hatched in captivity within the bearded vulture captive breeding network coordinated by the VCF, in several sites across four mountain ranges – Alps, […]

First bearded vultures hatched in captivity in Bulgaria feature in National Geographic!

 

The first two young bearded vulture chicks ever hatched in captivity in Bulgaria are the stars of the Bulgarian edition of National Geographic. Both bearded vultures chicks were born in captivity, from a pair that belongs to the bearded vulture captive breeding network (EEP), managed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, and kept in […]

Young bearded vulture seen in Belgium

This week we received news that a young bearded vulture was seen in western Belgium on the morning of the 9th of May, near IJzervallei – IJzerbroeken Oostvleteren (Pollinkhove). You can find details and pictures of the bird here.

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Three bearded vultures successfully released in Andalucía, Spain

3 bearded vultures were released last Friday in the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, Spain by staff from the Junta de Andalucía and the Fundación Gypaetus, which manage the reintroduction project there.

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Wild bearded vulture nestling tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees

Nestling Bearded Vulture being fitted with Satellite Tag in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees April 2016 For the first time ever a wild bearded vulture nestling was tagged last week in its nest in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees, as part of the LIFE GYPCONNECT project. The nestling hatched in […]