Portuguese police establishes the first-ever anti-poisoning dog teams in northern Portugal – soon they will start patrolling the LIFE RUPIS area

The GNR – one of the LIFE RUPIS project partners – will present publicly their first ever anti-poisoning dog teams tomorrow, in a ceremony to be held at 09:30 am at the GNR facilities in Miranda do Douro (Largo de São José). […]

The Saker Falcon successfully reintroduced in the Western Plain of Romania

One of endangered bird species worldwide, the Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug recorded a significant increase in its national population, and specifically in the Western Plain.

By 2000, there was no nesting pair in the area, and in the whole country only a few breeding pairs were known in the M?cinului mountains. In the last century, […]

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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Pesticides catastrophe: dozens of poisoning birds in the Balkans

You may think that bird species of the Least [conservation] Concern on the European Red List of Birds are not threatened because of the name of the category they are in. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t face serious, often man-made threats to their survival that must be addressed.

A White-tailed Eagle found poisoned […]

Seven more black vultures on the way to France

This weekend (5-6 February) the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) is transporting 7 black vultures (Aegypius monachus from Spain to France. The vultures are coming from Spanish recovery centers in Extremadura and Andalucia, and will be released back in the wild for the reintroduction projects in Verdon and Baronnies – France.

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Swedish Peregrine Falcon captured and then released at Casablanca

A 3-year old male Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus ringed in Sweden was captured in south of Casablanca on 18 December 2015. It was released after negotiations. The information has been transmitted to the Swedish Bird Ringing Centre.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Swedish-born male 3 years 12/18/2015 captured the south of Casablanca. Released after […]

Good breeding season for bearded vultures in the Alps – more pairs (34) and the same number wild born chicks fledged (19) than last year

After becoming extinct by the beginning of the 20th century, bearded vultures started to be reintroduced in the Alps in 1986, in a project coordinated by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, and implemented by a number of partners in 4 countries across the mountain chain. First breeding happened in 1997, and the population has been steadily […]

The first nestling Griffon Vulture hatched in the Balkan Mountains for almost a century

For more than a decade our Bulgarian colleagues have been dreaming about restoring vulture populations in the Balkans – indeed the first feasibility studies for the reintroduction of griffons in the Central Balkan mountains, where they had disappeared many decades ago, was done 10 years ago.

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Breaking New – reintroduced pair of bearded vultures have laid eggs at a nest in Cazorla (Andalucia) Spain.

Another important milestone in the fantastic project to restore this species in Andalucía, Spain. This is the first nesting attempt in the wild after the species disappeared more than 30 years ago

It has just been confirmed that the pair of bearded vultures that had built a nest in Andalucia in […]

The silent killer strikes again – at least 5 cinereous vultures (Aegypius monachus) and 3 griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) poisoned in eastern Turkey

On the 16th January Yusuf Yilmaz from Igdir province, in Eastern Turkey, close to the Armenian border, saw a group of vultures lying on the floor not very far away from the garbage dump in Tuzluca. When he approached the birds, he came across a gruesome spectacle – 4 black vultures and 2 griffons […]