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.
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).
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.
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).
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.