The last two chicks of the season 2016 are now flying!

Posted on 30/09/2016

The last two chicks for this season of the colony of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the Pyrenees have already taken off. These last  two chicks are now flying around the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees with other four chicks from the colony in this 2016.

 

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” rest in the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” rest in the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick from “Lorena” and “Quasimodo” started flying with 115 days of age, a bit early as usual. This individual is flying not so far from his nest, always with the supervision of his parents. He is gradually realizing longer flights, exploring his new territory inside and in the surroundings of the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort.

 

An expert technician of Magrama (Spanish Goverment) leave the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” in the nest after marking him. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An expert technician of Magrama (Spanish Goverment) leave the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” in the nest after marking him. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” have been the last chick of taken off in this season. With 125 days of ages he was the first chick of this couple in the Catalonian pre-Pyrennes colony. We hope they fiilled us with happiness the next years!

 

Beautifull foreground of the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares”. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Beautifull foreground of the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares”. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In his first flights , he has to managed to survive from the attacks of a young golden eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos) who has tried to prove his strenght. Fortunately the parents of the chick appeared to resolve the problem. This is incident is part of a training period of a young black vulture (Aegypius  monachus) that will help him to mature and grow.

 

Amazing year

 The year 2016 has been an amazing year to the breeding colony of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. Six chicks have been born and flown in this season, a fact without precedents in this kind of projects.

From the beginning, only three chickens had been born each season. These good news are the result of the good condition of the project and the result of a great work done by all the entities. it is important to remember that 18 chickens have been born in the colony from the beginning of the project in the year 2010.

 

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

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian pre-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.

 

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.

 

 

‘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.

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.

 

 

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related links:

DAAM:
Buitre negro

FUNDACIÓ CATALUNYA - LA PEDRERA:
Territori i medi ambient

GREFA:
Reintroducción del buitre negro en los Pirineos

TRENCA:
Black Vulture

 

 

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participate by donating black vultures:

(coming from wildlife rehabilitation centres)

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