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.

The first Black Vulture chick of this season in the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees it’s here!

Posted on 27/04/2016

The couple of french origin formed by Montenegro and Pline has been the first to get to incubate and the first to give birth to a chick.

 

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest in catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the nest in catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

At the end of 2015 the Black Vulture colony suffered four tragic deaths, three of which were partners. This created instability in the breeding colony and uncertainty in the management team of the project for the reintroduction of black vulture in the Pyrenees.

But these doubts were quickly dispelled when it was found (at the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016) that these casualties were quickly replaced, in two of the affected couples, by other individuals in the colony of the catalonian pre-Pyrenees.

With this good omen the rest of the individuals of the breeding colony in the NHR of Boumort continued pairing. Now, are already ten breeding couples in this year 2016 and It’s possible that will add a couple more to this ten!.

 

A Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in pre-Pyrenees of Lleida.© Boumort-Alinyà work

A Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in pre-Pyrenees of Lleida.© Boumort-Alinyà work.

The first of these couples to start the incubation period was the French-born couple (Montenegro and Pline), which, for second year in a row, has chosen the Catalonian Pyrenees to breed. And it was not only the first to incubate but it was also the first couple bringing a new chick to the colony!

On the other hand, due to a behavior problems and natural origin causes, two couples have lost the egg, though, as they are still in time, we hope that they could lay a new egg.

If all keeps the natural way, we hope for more couple to establish themselves and for more chicks to be born soon into the growing colony.

 

An exoiberic individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in catalonian Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in catalonian Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team

To see the video of a couple of black vultures incubating visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mHExP7RKgU and in the videos sectión of the Trenca’s website http://trenca.org/en/videos-eng/

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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.

 

How did the Pyrenean black vultures celebrated the Day of Vultures?

Posted on 22/09/2015

The 5th of September 2015, the International Day of the Vultures, the last remaining chick from this seasons breeding of Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, jumped out of the nest

 

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‘Fuentes’ and ‘Pilar’ females, born in ‘Los Hornos’, the Junta de Extremadura’s rescue centre located in Sierra de Fuentes (Caceres) and in GREFA (Wildlife recovery and captivity breeding centre) located in Majadahonda, Madrid. In their pyrenean hacking before jumping out of the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

Flying!.  That’s how, and we celebrated with them. There was a good reason to celebrate, that same day, the 5th of September 2015, the International Day of the Vultures, the last remaining chick from this seasons breeding of Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, jumped out of the nest and joined the other four that had already done so in previous dates. A magnificent show of achievement and improvement! And, at the same time, a very symbolic gift for us on this special day.

 

From the five chicks, three were born to the Pyrenean colony (Boumort-Alinva) while the other two were part a the breed in captivity program. All together they are 4 females and a male, helping to solve the imbalance that existed in the colony.

We invite you to keep reading to get to know each of the new individuals.

The first one who took the courage to jumped out of its nest was Menta’s and Mario’s chick (Roi), the 14th of August when he was 128 days old. The only male of the season and after four attempts the couple’s first successful chick, what makes it an even greater event.

One they after, Creueta jumped, Perla’s and Portell’s daughter, the most successful couple in the Pyrenees’ colony. She was 139 days old. Even if she delayed her jump more than what we are use to, she show great strength by flying out on the valley with the rest of the colony for a week before returning to her birthplace to her parents, who,  they must have been very worried as us.

 

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‘Roi’ male in a pine near to the nest with an emisor. Menta’s and Mario’s chick, the first voltor negre who jumped out this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

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Beautifull view of ‘creueta’ flying in the surroundings of her nest. Perla’s and Portell’s daughter, the most successful couple in the Pyrenees’ colony. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

The third was Fuentes, a female born in ‘Los Hornos’, the Junta de Extremadura’s rescue centre located in Sierra de Fuentes (Caceres). She was placed in an artificial nest (hacking) so she would develop in similar conditions to her wild companions. She flew out of the hacking on the 28th of August with 110 days.

On the 3rd of September a bird called Pilar jumped out of the hacking when she was 113 days old. She was born last spring in GREFA (Wildlife recovery and captivity breeding centre) located in Majadahonda, Madrid. Both Fuentes and Pilar share the same hacking, where they kept each other company. Now both must overcome the hardship of the wild life without parents. But not fear, as their adoptive parents will help them with any difficult situation they might find on the way. Both GREFA and TRENCA work together continuously monitoring their progress.

 

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‘Fuentes’ below hacking, after jumped out of the nest, and ‘Pilar’, exercising in the same installation. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

And last, but not least, on the 5th of September Raiera jumped out. Coma’s and Quasimodo’s daughter was 124 days old at the time. What makes this case extremely moving is that the parents themselves are subadults, on their 4th year! Incredibly early for a Black Vulture to breed. On top of that, this is a mix couple as Quasimodo was born in France in 2012 in the Grands Causses’ colony (France) and Coma was born the same year but in the Pyrenees’ colony. We couldn’t  ask for a sweeter, most precious way of finishing the season!

 

Every chick born in Boumort or in captivity has been mark with GPS system by MAGRAMA which have been funded by REE as the rest of the transmitters in the proyect. Thanks to them we can have a rigorous monitoring and control which able us to avoid any deadly setback in this vital first flights.

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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 three black vulture chicks born in 2015 have been marked

Posted on 09/08/2015

On July 22, the last chick of black vulture of the season, the third born in the colony of the catalonian pre-pyrenees has been marked.

 

 Mediacal review of a balck vulture chick © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Mediacal review of a balck vulture chick © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Born between May 1-5, with approximately 75-80 days of age and with 6,5kg of weight the day of the marking, is the fruit of the union of the couple between Coma and Quasimodo.

 

 Capture of a chick of this season © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Capture of a chick of this season © Boumort-Alinyà work team

This last chick is the first of the second generation in the pre-pyrenean colony, a fact that makes us very happy to all entities that are involved in this great project .

 

 Marking operation of a chick of black vulture © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Marking operation of a chick of black vulture © Boumort-Alinyà work team

It was on June 24 when we proceeded to the marking of the first two chicks. In the first place, we proceeded to the marking of the chick that had been born on March 30, fruit of the couple formed by Perla and Portell. This couple is the first couple who grew up in the pre-pyrenees colony, and this is the fourth chick that they breed successfully. This new chick was marked with 87 days of age and with 7.1 kg. of weight.

And after him, it was the turn of the chick of Mario and Menta, born on april 4 and marked with 77 days of age and 6.7 kg. weight.

 

 Distinctive marc © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Distinctive marc © Boumort-Alinyà work team

In these operation works works collaborated Victor Garcia Matarranz (MAGRAMA), the rural agents of the Generalitat de Catalunya specialized in work at height, the rangers of the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort and the staff of Trenca, GREFA and the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera.

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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 rangers of the NHR of Boumort. The Estació Biològica del Pallars Jussà carries out several educational actions related to the project.

REE is markedly engaged in financing the transmitters that allow us to radio track the black vultures from the project.

The second generation of black vulture of the pre-Pyrenees is already here!

Posted on 14/07/2015

The first chick of the second generation of the pre-Pyrenees colony is the fruit of the union of an french exogenous vulture and a vulture born in the catalonian colony.

 

Black vulture in Boumort. ©  Boumort-Alinyà Team

Black vulture in Boumort. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

News like this congratulated us because confirms one of the objectives of the project to achieve a connection between the French and iberian colonies and, on the other hand, confirms the healthy state of our colony.

Thanks to the monitoring undertaken by field technicians Gerard Plana (Trenca) and Émilie Delepoulle (Grefa) we could see that the couple formed by Coma, born in Boumort (Catalonia) in 2012, and Quasimodo, born in Grandes Causes (France) in the same year, frequented alternatively the different supply points in the area; a fact that made us think about the possibility that the couple was incubating somewhere in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort.

 

Quasimodo. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

Quasimodo. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

It was, at the beginning of week, and against all odds, when the field technician of Trenca, Gerard Plana,  localized the nest with the french vulture (Quasimodo) and the chick.

The birth of this chick is a great success in this project because it was only 8 years of the first releases in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort. It is so interesting too because the male born in France as the female born in the pre-pyrenees catalan, are adults of 4th year, too young to reproduce.

 

Coma. ©Boumort-Alinyà Team

Coma. ©Boumort-Alinyà Team

In this way, in the year 2015 have been formed 12 couples, 10 of them began to incubate with the result of 5 chicks.  3 of these chicks have come forward, as well as in 2014, a fact that make us look ahead with optimism and enthusiasm!

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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 rangers of the NHR of Boumort. The Estació Biològica del Pallars Jussà carries out several educational actions related to the project.

REE is markedly engaged in financing the transmitters that allow us to radio track the black vultures from the project.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Reintroduction of the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees in this same web page.

promoters:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

technical advice and execution:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

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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