Bearded vultures and lead poisoning – National Park Hohe Tauern (Austria) is promoting lead-free hunting practices

Lead (Pb) is a metabolic poison that can negatively influence biological processes, leading to illness and mortality across a large spectrum of bird species, including vultures. Lead poisoning can result from numerous sources, including ingestion of bullet fragments and shot pellets left in animal carcasses, spent ammunition left in the field, lost fishing tackle, […]

News from the LIFE Re vultures – griffon and black vultures from the Rodopes-Dadia area (Bulgaria/Greece) tracked

A total of 7 griffon vultures – four adults and three young – and 11 black vultures have been fitted in the last few months by the LIFE Re Vultures team with tags, to study their dispersal and movements, and identify threats.

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First bearded vulture in Israel for more than 10 years – and a bounty of black vultures too!

Some rare and unusual vultures have been seen in Israel this winter – including a very rare bearded vulture, and record numbers of black vultures. Both species bred in Israel in the past but are rarely seen these days.

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Juan José Sánchez Artés (1962-2016) – celebratory video

This short video celebrating the life and the achievements of Juan José Sánchez Artés, the president of the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation (BVCF) and of the Fundació Vida Silvestre Mediterrània (FVSM), and a member of the advisory board of the VCF, was broadcast to the hundreds of friends, family and colleagues present last […]

Vultures galore at the European Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Workshop held in Extremadura – and some great conclusions too!

At one point the majestic black vulture came to within 40 metres of all the vulture experts gathered there, in the veranda of the Hospederia de Monfrague, in the heart of the Monfrague Biosphere reserve, during a pause in the workshop to develop the European, Middle East and Central Asia part of the vulture multi-species […]

Black vulture collided with plane landing in Mallorca

Recently the VCF website discussed the issue of air strikes between aircraft and large vultures near some Spanish airports. Earlier this week the inevitable happened, a Lufthansa plane landing at Mallorca airport collided with a black vulture (see photo).

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192 black vultures fledged from nests in Andalucía (Spain) – the second best result ever since 1970!

 

The results of the Andalucía action plan for the conservation of the black vulture were made public this weekend by the regional government of Andalucía, in the framework of the celebrations of the International Vulture Awareness Day.

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Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too

Serra de Tramuntana, Mallorca

Black vulture in Mallorca – new record this breeding season with 25 eggs hatched – but some controversy over access to exclusion areas too.

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Breeding black vultures in captivity for conservation – 2015 report

The Eurasian Black Vulture European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), a coordinated network of zoos and animal parks aiming to reproduce in captivity this endangered species and eventually release young into the wild, in which the Vulture Conservation Foundation plays an important role, has released its latest update. There are now 184 birds in […]

Captive-bred black vulture “Bernardus” released in Verdon is now in Portugal

Bernardus, a young female black vulture, was equipped with a GPS transmitter before being released in the Gorges du Verdon (France) last September, as part of the black vulture reintroduction project there (see pictures). Bernardus was born in captivity in Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium, within the European black vulture captive breeding program (EEP), […]