‘Trasgu’, a black vulture killed by a gun shot

Posted on 20/01/2017

The necropsy carried out in the Recovery Center of Vallcalent (Lleida) confirmed that ‘Trasgu’ had died as a result of a shot of a firearm.

 

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Unfortunately for the project of Reintroduction of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, it is not the first time that things like this have happened; other two individuals of the project have been shooting in the area of Organyà. One of them with the result of death and the other one disabled for life in freedom.

This time also, there has been a hunter without conscience the author of the death of ‘Trasgu’, an illegal hunter.

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The gps marked a fixed position, and when the project technicians came to the indicated point only could see the worst of our wishes: ‘Trasgu’s body lay dead with clear signs of having been shot.

‘Trasgu’

‘Trasgu’, was a individual who came from Asturias, as a result of dispersive movements of an young exemplary. In 2013, and after recovering process in Infiesto (Asturias) and GREFA (Madrid), was released in the catalan Pyrenees.

With the death of ‘Trasgu’ the objective that the species return to breed on the mountain of Alinyà is complicated. This individual was already fixed and we were hoping that it should breed soon.

This facts sadden us deeply and makes us conscious of major threats of the most fragile wildlife. but encourages us more in a work that we consider fundamental for the conservation of species which, like the black vulture, need so ambitious conservation programs.

‘Trasgu’ flying after being released. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

‘Trasgu’ flying after being released. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

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

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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.

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.

 

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.

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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