Balkan Green Belt Photo Contest 2017


“Balkan Green Belt” 2017 photo contest is organized by Green Balkans within a joint project implemented by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Green Balkans, and EuroNatur (Germany) aimed at promoting the European Green Belt.

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Third juvenile Griffon vulture was also tagged with markings


On July 26, 2017 in the Balkan mountains another one juvenile Griffon vulture was tagged in Kotel mountain. Experts from the Fund for wild flora and fauna participated in the activity, as well as volunteers of Green Balkans and participants in the „Student practices“ project of the Ministry of education and science.

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Monitoring of Griffon vultures in “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park


The team of Bright future for the Black vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 carried out monitoring of the Griffon vultures in “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park in the last few days. In two nests in the eastern parts of the park two vulture chicks were observed. In the northern parts of the park, in the six nests occupied by vultures, there was reported a chick in each and adult birds from the pair.

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One more baby Griffon Vulture tagged in Kotel


One more baby Griffon Vulture was tagged on 05.07.2017 in Kotlenska planina. Volunteers of Green Balkans and interns, participating in the “Student practices” project of the Ministry of Education and Science took part in the action.

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Cetacean survey in Bulgarian territorial waters of the Black Sea


In the period 16-23 June, a team of Green Balkans’ experts and volunteers executed a vessel survey on abundance, distribution and density of cetaceans’ population in Bulgarian territorial waters of the Black Sea. Territorial sea of Bulgaria includes strip with a width of 12 nautical miles adjacent to the coast and the internal waters measured from the baselines with total area of 6 358 sq. km. 

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Three vulture species in Kotel


Three vulture species in Kotel were registered together for third year in a row, at the vultures feeding side, managed by FWFF. A Black Vulture with number 88 and a transmitter, marked in Dadia (Greece), Egyptian Vulture with transmitter - named Iliaz (marked in 2012 in Eastern Rhodopes by BSPB) and some of the local Griffon Vultures appear simultaneously (see the pictures). The Black and the Egyptian Vultures were extinct from the area for decades and this year a record presence was registered - so far two different Black Vultures and at least 5 different Egyptian Vultures.

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One more Griffon Vulture was donated to the vulture restoration programme in Bulgaria


On June 15th the vulture restoration programme and the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project received a young Griffon Vulture from Zoo Zlin. This is the fifth bird, hatched and raised by vultures kept at the zoo.
Thus, for the past month the project has received 4 Griffon Vultures donated this month, counting the three young birds granted by Barcelona Zoo on June 1st.

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