Seven more Egyptian vultures tagged with GPS-GSM satellite transmitters in Ethiopia

05.02.2019



Chuupa, Ardi, Kero, Fentale, Ertale, Lucy and Alimera – these are the seven Egyptian vultures recently trapped by our team in Ethiopia. All birds were equipped with 30g solar powered Ornitela GSM/GPS transmitters to study their movements and threats in the largest wintering congregation site for the species in Eastern Africa.
 

 We used two trapping sites (Metehara and Logia) carefully selected by our experts. Both of them were located at rubbish dumps, where Egyptian vultures love to spend their time. Every day, our “iron” trapping team departed at 5:30 (before the sunrise) in order to install the traps (absolutely harmless for the birds) and avoid any disturbance at the site. However, this was hardly achievable as besides the local people, cows, goats, donkeys and dogs, there have been a lot of other avian scavengers (Marabou storks, Hooded vultures, Sacred ibises, etc.) that made the trapping of the Egyptian vultures in Ethiopia a real challenge for us.
 

However, we are proud of our success especially considering that two of the trapped birds are adults, and we really hope that the data these birds are providing will significantly contribute to understand better the ecology of this globally threatened species, and inform adequate conservation measures. You can directly follow the daily movements of all tagged Egyptian vultures here.

 

The EV New LIFE African Workshop 2019 was hosted by the EWNHS and attended by the project partners BL Africa, APLORI, SCF, NCF, RSPB and BSPB. Apart of collecting important scientific data on the threats and numbers of the Egyptian vultures in Afar region, Ethiopia (the largest known wintering congregation site in Africa, sheltering over 1000 individuals annually), this was also a training to build capacity in African partners.

 

The LIFE project "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE” (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874) brings together institutions and organizations from 14 countries spanning the Balkans, Middle East and Africa and is implemented with the financial support of the EU LIFE Programme. The Coordinating Beneficiary is the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria (BSPB). Associated Beneficiaries are:  Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece (HOS),  WWF Greece, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife UK (RSPB), Doğa Derneği / BirdLife Turkey (DD), regional offices of BirdLife International in Africa and Middle East, A.P. Leventis Ornithological and Research Institute (APLORI), CMS Raptors MoU, Green Balkans.

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