Reintroduction of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees / April 2013

Posted on 16/05/2013
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Gallarda, back again in Boumort. © Boumort – Alinyà Team

Gallarda, back again in the Pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort – Alinyà Team

On the tracking carried out in last April at the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort, 24 different Black Vulture specimens were monitored by means of direct observation.

From those 24 black vultures, 19 were released or born in the wild in previous seasons and 5 individuals were released on 1 March 2013. The máximum number of individuals observed in one day was 22, on 8 April.

Two of the individuals that remained dispersed or settled in colonies far away from the reintroduction area, Gata and Gallarda, have turned back to Boumort, thus increasing the number of vultures of the colony up to 24 individuals (12 females and 12 males).

From the 7 black vultures released on the first of March, two individuals died during their dispersion: Trenca (on 7 April, by collision with wind farm structure in Lugo) and Grefa (on 11 April, hit by car in a road in Huesca).

As regards the breeding season, from the 5 pairs that layed egg in the Pre-Pyrenees, 3 chicks were born. Two of them were born very early, accoding to the usual egg-laying dates for the species: on 3 April, the chick Perla and Portell and on 4 April the chick of Menta and Mario. The third one was born on 25 April (the chick of Bruna and Corneli).

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 Alinyà Natural Site staff and the rangers of the NHR of BoumortREE is markedly engaged in financing the transmitters that allow us to radio track the black vultures from the project.

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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