A journey across three continents with the third issue of the “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE” Newsletter

01.04.2020

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We invite you to travel across countries and continents from the comfort of your home with the third issue of the Newsletter of the LIFE project “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE”. Find out what our team has done to protect one of the most magnificent, useful and rare birds in different parts of the world in the last few months. You will visit the scorching sands of deserts in Africa to find out how many birds we have managed to tagged with GPS transmitters and what else we have learned about the major threats to the species there.
 

As you pass through the Middle East at Jordan Airport from a huge screen, the magical bird will greet you with a "welcome". You will also see other large-scale awareness campaigns on the species, such as "A mile for the Egyptian Vulture" – participation in marathons in a number of countries, and “Fly with the Vulture” - involving international airports. Through these initiatives, the message of protecting the rare bird has reached millions of people.
 

You will see the path with the dangers that the Egyptian vulture faces during its migration, such as poisons, electrocution, and collision with dangerous power lines, direct persecution… You will find that there is no safe place for this bird – both in the wintering grounds and in the breeding territories.
 

But the project team is working tirelessly for this - to mitigate the main threats. In the Balkans, we guard and provide safe food for vulture families, closely monitor their lives, specially trained dogs protect them from poisons, and their guardians are the most important audience - children.
 

This is just a quick look at some of the events and activities that have taken place since October. Everything is here.

 

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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