An announcement from our correspondents from Sliven and Kotel:
One of the five juvenile Griffon vultures hatched this year in Kotel visits the feeding site in Sliven! This is a huge event for us, because after they fletch, we don’t always know what happens with the young birds. The fact that it visits the feeding site which is 15 kilometers away from Sliven is a sign that the bird already flies around and manages to find food!
The Green Belt day – 24.09.2016, will be marked for the first time in Levka village (Svilengrad municipality) by the opening of an exhibition that includes different specimens of fine art. The place was chosen in random!
Bulgarian nature now has another one vulture – donation from the zoo Allwetterzoo, Münster, Germany. This is the seventh Griffon vulture, hatched in the zoo, which we receive for the Griffon vulture reintroduction program in Bulgaria since 2011. One of these birds, after it was released, flied all the way to the Griffon vultures` colony in Dadia, Northern Greece, but unfortunately died and we couldn`t even understand the reasons.
Thanks to donators, the Griffon vulture Viki was tagged with satellite transmitter. Thus the citizens will be able to once again track the movement of a Griffon vulture, through specially developed internet platform and the environmentalists will gain valuable information about the behavior of the birds.
Dear friends, as stated a few days ago, the teams of Green Balkans, the Wild Flora and Fauna Fund and BPPS may praise ourselves that, after 15 years of hard work we can consider that Griffon Vulture has been restored in the Balkan Montains of Bulgaria and Kresna (Pirin). We can say this as there are 25 nesting pairs and 11 young reared in the three target areas – Vrachanski Balkan, Kotel (Sliven), and Kresna (Pirin). For this international event our vultures received the names of 10 distinguished naturalists from all over Europe, with a great contribution to vulture protection. Who are they? For more information, visit:
After long and hard evaluation process, and the great desire of the jury to distinguish more than five winners, the time has come to unveil to the great public the photograph that has made it to the top.
Today, in a press-conference held in the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency we announced the start of a large-scale campaign for celebrating a huge success – the return of Griffon Vulture to the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, Kresna and the Pirin Mountains. This international nature conservation success is a result of over 15 years of joint efforts of Green Balkans, the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) and the Birds of Prey Protection Society (BPPS).
In 2016 Bulgaria is celebrating its huge contribution in saving of European natural heritage. Eleven successfully fledged Griffon vulture chicks on the cliffs of Balkan Mountain and Kresna Gorge (Pirin) have confirmed the future of vulture populations there. It is a payoff of a long process of fifteen years in hard work and real team efforts of Green Balkans, Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF) and Birds of Prey Protection Society (BPPS). The chicks will be named after conservationists from 8 European countries. Ambassadors of four countries in Bulgaria will officially receive the certificates.