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Track the movement of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), tagged with prototype GPS/GSM transmitters

Track the movement of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), tagged with prototype GPS/GSM transmitters

These birds have been released within the Vultures Return in Bulgaria LIFE08 NAT/BG/278 Project, which aims at restoring the species as nesting in the Balkan Mountains. Choose a vulture and track its movement!

Green Balkans is carrying out a long-term programme for the conservation and restoration of vultures in Bulgaria.

Few people know, yet there were not one or two but four species of vultures naturally found in Bulgaria. The use of poisonous baits against large predators, occasional shootings and the decrease of livestock combined have already wiped out two species - Black and Bearded Vulture. Egyptian and Griffon Vulture are still fighting to survive but we believe our joint efforts could help them!

The activities of Green Balkans for conserving vultures have started since 1991 with the establishment of a supplementary feeding site in the Eastern Rhodopi Mountains. Staff and volunteers have been carrying out regular feedings, monitoring and tracking, installing artificial nests to attract breeding pairs, supporting local livestock breeders and fighting against the illegal use of poisons ever since.
In 2002 a general document known as the Balkan Vulture Action Plan was approved. It outlined the main steps needed to recover the extinct species. According to the BVAP, the presence of Griffon Vulture can be used as an indicator of habitat suitability. Wherever Griffon Vultures survive, Black and Bearded Vultures can also return.

Therefore in 2010 Green Balkans, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna and the Birds of Prey Protection Society started a five-year project “Vultures Return in Bulgaria”, supported by the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).

The project aims at restoring the nesting population of Griffon Vulture on the Balkan Mountains as a prerequisite for the return of the much rarer Black and Bearded Vultures. The project provides for importing birds from abroad - Spain, France - accommodating them in special adaptation aviaries and then releasing them into the wild.
All our birds are marked with special wing-tags and rings with an individual code, while some of them carry prototype GPS/GSM transmitters. The transmitters are sending us text messages with the exact location of the birds so we can track their movement and adaptation and help them if necessary
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If you want to track live the movement of our birds, tagged with prototype GPS/GSM transmitters on a GoogleEarth map, click on the image below:
 


If you want to adopt a vulture, help us buy an additional transmitter and thus become a part of the vultures return in Bulgaria, click here!

For more on the Vultures Return in Bulgaria LIFE08 NAT/BG/278 Project, click here!