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 […]

A staggering 750+ Egyptian vultures counted together in Oman last weekend – one of the highest counts ever of this species in the wintering grounds

Jens and Hanne Eriksen – who run the www.BirdsOman.com website – told us that last weekend they counted a staggering 750 Egyptian vultures in Oman: 640+ at Al Multaqa rubbish dump (near Muscat), and then another 100 at the bearch at Qurayyat later in the day. […]

Juan José Sánchez Artés (1962-2016)

Men say that time goes by. Time says that men go by. But some stay – and Juanjo will be one of them.

Juan José Sánchez Artés died last weekend of a heart attack. He was 54 years old, and spent half of his life fighting for vultures and for Mallorca´s biodiversity. He was […]

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 […]

The African vulture crisis continues unabated – at least 51 vultures poisoned in Limpopo National Park (Mozambique)

Just a few days after South African colleagues rescued a number of vultures from a poisoning incident in Zimbabwe, the silent killer strikes again: recently a research team came across the carcases of two nyala, a warthog and an impala laced with what they describe as a black granular poison near the Machampane […]

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 […]

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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Three captive-bred Egyptian vultures fledged successfully from their hacking cavity in Bulgaria

Just a few days after the first flight of the juvenile of the only wild pair of Egyptian vulture left in the region of Lomovete (NE Bulgaria), the hack of the three captive-bred fledglings that were earlier transported to Bulgaria to be released there was finally opened last week.

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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 […]