‘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.

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.

 

 

promoters:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

technical advice and execution:

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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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