Record year in the colony of black vulture in the pre-Pyrenees

Posted on 29/08/2016

This year has been a year with an unprecedented succés in regards to the reproduction of the Black Vulture in Boumort (pre-Pyrenees of Lleida) with six chicks.

 

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the colony of Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the colony of Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

After the loss of three black vultures that were couple at end of 2015, the colony has managed to make 10 incubations, the same as the previous year. But the good news are that this year six chicks survive and are waiting to start flying in a few days.

We have crossed the line that we had no able to cross in previus years with only three chicks.

 

One of the chicks of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the 2016 season.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

One of the chicks of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the 2016 season.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In 2016 the chicks have been growing up under the care of their parents. All of them are in very good health conditions and they have been marked with GPS/GSM emisors and  with PVC and metalic rings to monitoring them. This marking operations have been carried out in diferents days after chicks have reached the 80-90 days of age and the expert of MAGRAMA (Spanish Goverment)  could operated in safety conditions for the chicks. In marking operations they also colaborated the ngo TRENCA and GREFA, NHR of Boumort and the Forest Rangers of the Catalonian Goverment.

The recovery of the pairs of vultures in such a short time in this 2016 season is a result of the good health of the Project. The increase of vultures of outside of the colony and the fixation of a breeding french pair (Montenegro and Pline) to the colony are another exit of the Proyect and a very good news to the future of this. This french couple was the first pair to incubate a chick who was marked in july with 84 days of age.

 

Medical checkout of a chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Medical checkout of a chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

After this first marking , with 2-3 week between diferents markings, three chicks of Menta and Mario, Oriol and Pessonada and Perla and Portel were marked. All of them are experimented couples in the colony. During de breeding time ,Perla was missing, a very especial female because she was the first vulture to breed a chich in the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony (2010). The male (Porte) have been working so hard to take care about the chick with succés!.

The las two marked chicks , are sons of two pairs formed by an individual for the proyect and a exogenous individual: Ibex( ibèric exogenous withourt marks) pair of Ares (released in Alinyà) and Quasimodo (french exogenous) pair of Lorena (released in Boumort). All of them are inexperienced breeding pairs except of Quasimodo who had a chick the previous year with the missing female Coma.

 

Marking operations of the las chick born in the wild of this season in Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Marking operations of the las chick born in the wild of this season in Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Now we only have to wait to the next days for see the new chicks of this season start flying to becoming more and more independent!.

 

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

 

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

 

 

The last gift of Perla

Posted on 19/07/2016

Born in 2005 Perla has been our most valued female inside the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony. She is one of the first females who were liberated in 2007 (to the beginning of the project of reintroduction of the black vulture in the Pyrenees) and she has managed to bring forward  4 chicks!

 

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In 2010 she had its first chick, a milestone in the project as the first chick born in the Catalonian pre-Pyrennes colony. But this first chick, baptized with the name of Gala, was only the beginning of a prolific offspring that continued in 2012, 2013 and 2015 with three chicks more. All of them are still part of the colony today.

 

’Perla’ in a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in the Pyrenees of Lleida. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

’Perla’ in a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in the Pyrenees of Lleida. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

It was one of her chicks, born in 2012 and with the name of Coma, which in 2015 gave us another great news!. She gave birth to a new  chick, the first chick from the second generation of the pre-Pyrenees colony!

But during June Perla was disappeared, but not before giving us a last gift: a chick with 40 days of age and who  since then would depend exclusively on his single parent (Portell).

Portell is striving to care for and feed the chick, visiting constantly the supplementary feeding  points and trying to be the maximum possible time in the nest to protect it. Currently the chick has more tan 70 days of age!

From the whole team of the project we want to be grateful to Perla for its magnificent behavior during these years and we hope other specimens follow the lead of this magnificent animal!

 

A black vulture flying so high that seems to be near to the moon..© Boumort-Alinyà work team

A black vulture flying so high that seems to be near to the moon..© Boumort-Alinyà work team

To see the video of Portell taking care about his chick visit: https://youtu.be/8nUoXNF5VB0

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

‘A tale about Black vulture’

Posted on 27/06/2016

There have been published 2000 copies that are being distributed among primary schoolchildren of the regions of the area of influence of the project of reintroduction of the black vulture in Pyrenees.

 

Cover of the tale about the black vulture. © Trenca.

Cover of the tale about the black vulture. © Trenca.

 

Since the beginning of the project for the reintroduction of black vulture in Catalonia in the year 2007 we have been carried out different activities in outreach and environmental education. The knowledge of the species and its benefits in the balance of the Pyrenean ecosystem are fundamental for their conservation.

During these 9 years of life of the project, there have been numerous lectures in schools, visits ‘in situ’ to the project and communications to the media with the aim of raising awareness and to acquaint this unique species and the other large birds scavengers of the Catalan Pyrenees. This broadcast has been doing both global and local levels.

 

A conference about black vulture project in a school. © Trenca.

A conference about black vulture project in a school. © Trenca.

 

To continue with this dissemination of the project has been edited a tale about the black vulture and the other species of necrophagous birds of the Pyrenees. The main objective of the tale is to provide an overview of the project and of these species among the regions of the area of influence.

With a first publication of 2000 copies and with the help of a technician in environmental education is spreading, free of charge, this tale among the students of higher cycle of primary school from the localities and regions of the Alt Urgell, Pallars Jussa, Pallars Sobira and La Noguera.

 

Illustrations inside of the tale about the black vulture. © Trenca.

Illustrations inside of the tale about the black vulture. © Trenca.

 

We have chosen these regions as a starting point because they are living with with the four large birds scavengers existing in the whole of Europe: black vulture (Aegypius monachus), griffon vulture (Gyps fulgus), bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). We believe that they are the persons who have closer those who have to know them to be able to estimate them and therefore preserve them. We also believe, that  children are a very important communicative vector between them and their families and their social environment.

Until now more than 20 schools have already been visited and more than 1000 tales have been distributed.

The visit is completed by a small explanation of the project and an interaction with the students with a few workshops where you manipulate objects related to the 4 vultures and reflect the values and the basic functions of these formidable species in the natural balance of life.

 

Workshops held during the visit to the schools for the dissemination of the story and the Project of black vulture. © Trenca.

Workshops held during the visit to the schools for the dissemination of the story and the Project of black vulture. © Trenca.

 

The main objective is to spread enthusiasm and love for the vultures and by nature in general because we believe that we can only estimate what we know!

 

One of the more than twenty schools of the area of influence of the project visited. © Trenca.

One of the more than twenty schools of the area of influence of the project visited. © Trenca.

 

The edition of this tale has the support of Fundación Biodiversidad (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment) and Naturaleza Rural.

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

6 chicks of black vulture to 2016!

Posted on 14/06/2016

From 2013 we couldn´t increase de number of chick up to three and fortunately in this 2016 we will overcome this!

 

A female released in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

A female released in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

At the end of 2015 three black vultures in the breeding colony died. In addition these individuals were part of different breeding pairs. These facts do not presaged a good year 2016.

But fortunately at the beginning of year new couples formed and the number of these came up to 11. Of these eleven couples, ten of them have bring six chicks to the breeding colony  placed in National Hunting Reserve of Boumort, overcoming in this way the number of chicks born in the previous year!

In 2015 5 chicks were born but unfortunately two of them died after ten days. Currently, the six chicks born have already exceeded the days most critics, fact that makes us think that the great effort made by the black vultures will overcome the barrier of the three chickens flown in previous seasons.

The first chick, born of the French couple installed in the colony from 2015 (Montenegro and Pline), was born on April 13 and he already has 50 days of age. Together with this couple, other five more have given birth theirs chicks in the later days. One of these couples is formed by another French individual and a female released in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort in 2014 (Quasimodo and Lorena) that have given birth a chick with 14 days of age.

 

A chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest. © Marc Galvez/Trenca.

A chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest. © Marc Galvez/Trenca.

 

The biggest news in this breeding season represents the mixed couple formed by a Iberian female and a male released in 2012 (Ibex and Ares) that they have achieved their first chick in this 2015. The other three couples who have had a chick are couples with experience in previous years: Perla and Portell, Menta and Mario and Pessonada and Oriol.

The health of the colony is very good since the couples are taking experience and the colony is increasing. This increase is the result of the large number of young individuals involved and the flow of visitors from outside of the colony (both Iberian as French) that, in the end, they are installed and they breed with the couples of the Catalonian Pyrennes colony.

 

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

To see the video of a chick of this year season visit: https://youtu.be/JXcVhroRIzM

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

Black vulture in the Pyrenees: marked with emitters six individuals of black vulture in Alinyà

Posted on 25/05/2016

On 10 may took place the last required protocol before the final release of the six black vultures that take several months acclimatizing in the vultures cage  in the area of reintroduction of Alinyà, in the catalan Pyrenees, under management of the Fundació Catalunya – la Pedrera. Alinya is one of the points of release of black vultures of the project of reintroduction of the species in Catalonia, together with pre-Pyrenean reserve of Boumort.

 

Chicks marked in acclimatión facilities. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Chicks marked in acclimatión facilities. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

Five of those black vultures come from the Hospital of wildlife of GREFA, where completed its recovery for its subsequent acclimatization and release process. Two of these five individuals had entered on the premises of GREFA, two others were donated by the recovery centre of fauna of “El Chaparrillo”, in Ciudad Real, and one came from the recovery center of fauna of Los Villares in Córdoba. A sixth Black Vulture was found as chick, malnourished, in Alinya area at the end of the summer of 2015, so it was incorporated into acclimatization there existing cage, after being treated in the Centre of recovery of fauna of Torreferrusa (Barcelona).

 

Marking operation of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chicks. © Boumortt-Alinyà work-team

Marking operation of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chicks. © Boumortt-Alinyà work-team

 

Six vultures have been equipped by a technician of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) with emitters GPS/GSM and satellite, more a terrestrial transmitter attached or incorporated. These devices are financed by Red Electrica de España through a collaboration agreement with GREFA. For identification in flight they were also be discoloration of feathers.

Vetrinary check-out of a black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chick of the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Vetrinary check-out of a black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chick of the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

Full veterinary check-up

The same day of the marking a full check of the specimens was conducted by a wildlife expert veterinary of GREFA. This is something essential to verify that the black vultures are in optimal conditions for the day of his release. These birds have been born one or two years ago, and due to their inexperience will cost them fly and find the first food once the final release is made.

Intensive monitoring of their movements when flying free and the contributions of food daily provided will make it possible to its adaptation to the natural environment. When they begin to fly through the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees, will have taken the first step to integrate into the colony of black vultures in Boumort-Alinyà.This population already has 47 resident individuals, of whom half are fixed, with 12 pairs (10 of them breeding).

Medical check-out of a black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chick before his final release. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Medical check-out of a black vulture (Aegypius monachus) chick before his final release. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Joint collaboration

The marking and health check day ended in the afternoon just prior to the rain water, persistent these days, return to fall upon us and the newly marked black vultures. In the coming days, as soon as birds to recover something of tranquility and weight, with optimal conditions for life in the wild, they will be definitely released.

The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

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environmental education:

Environmental education

 

 

related links:

DAAM:
Buitre negro

FUNDACIÓ CATALUNYA - LA PEDRERA:
Territori i medi ambient

GREFA:
Reintroducción del buitre negro en los Pirineos

TRENCA:
Black Vulture

 

 

with the collaboration of:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

participate by donating black vultures:

(coming from wildlife rehabilitation centres)

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

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