You might remember that the first nesting of Griffon Vultures in the Central Balkan Mountains was documented in early March. The field assistant of the New Life for the Vultures LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project informed us that a pair of vultures was sitting on an egg in a nest.
On 31/3/2017 the team of Green Balkans celebrated the Bird day in Stara Zagora together with “Zaharii Knyazhevski” Regional library. Guests of the event were near 50 kids from different schools and kindergardens in Stara Zagora.
On March 19th, volunteers of Green Balkans and interns from the “Student practices” programme of the Ministry of Education and Science carried out a tree planting campaign in the area of the Pirin NP, where the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project activities take place. A total of 550 saplings of Black Pine were planted in order to improve the nesting habitat of Black Vulture.
The rocky terrain did not scare the young friends of nature from the town of Sliven. Today we planted together a total of 150 Black Pine saplings on terrains, identified by foresters.
The search for poison and poisoned baits in Kresna Gorge has been reinforced by the presence of an anti-poison unit, the only one of its kind in Bulgaria. Bars, a specially trained dog, and his handler Nikolai Terziev from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), who participate in the vulture conservation work in the Rhodope Mountains, arrived in the area of Kresna yesterday.
Green Balkans’ experts and East Macedonia and Thrace National park employees have put nesting boxes for the rare Lesser Kestrels in Greece.
We would like to remind you that at the end of January we were excited to see the first mating attempts and care for the nest. These small signs of attention provided sufficient satisfaction and joy for the team and no one really expected an egg.
Tobacco manufacturers from the area of Sakar, representatives of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans' volunteers planted 550 trees in areas destroyed by the fire near Ravna polyana village28.03.2017
On May 24 the fourth joint forestation was held by the teams of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans. It was realized in the area of Ravna gora village on terrains provided by Svilengrad municipality and dastroyed by fire. Participants were tobacco manufacturers from the area of Sakar, representatives of Socotab Holding Jsc. and Green Balkans' volunteers (participants in the Students practices program by the Ministry of education and science), who planted 550 trees.
Illegal use of poisons in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, ruins 15 years of efforts for the return of Griffon Vultures in the region. Environmentalists appeal to institutions and citizens for urgent measures to save the colony in the gorge.27.03.2017
Illegal use of poisons in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, ruins 15 years of efforts for the return of Griffon Vultures in the region. Environmentalists appeal to institutions and citizens for urgent measures to safe the colony in the gorge.
From March 12, 2017, the team of the Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna (FWFF), one of the partners of the project New life for vultures LIFE14 NAT/BG649, are witnessing the decimation of almost all birds from the newly established colony of Griffon Vultures in the region of Kresna Gorge.
Do you remember the first vultures hatched in Eastern Balkan Mountains last year? Here is the exciting story of one of them, which story you will be able to follow on our page very soon!
The Wildlife rehabilitation and breeding center most often is related to reanimation, clinic, aviaries, baby feeding... This, however, does not quite cover the whole range of work that we do.
A signal was received yesterday from the park department of Pirin National park in Kresna for a Griffon vulture in distress with a paralyzed leg and suspected poisoning near the city of Kresna.
The young birds surprised the team of Green Balkans, placing its nest on… the ground!
The vultures from the programme for the restoration of vultures in the Balkan Mountains sometimes present us with real surprises… Just like two of the birds, seen regularly near the vulture adaptation aviary at the village of Tuzha, Central Balkan. Yesterday, the field assistant of the Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project informed us that there is pair of vultures sitting on an egg in a nest on the ground. The team of Green Balkans got quite confused as Griffon Vultures usually nest in remote cliffs high above the ground. Furthermore, the birds remaining in the area of release are mostly young, there are no nearby colonies in the mountains so we did not expect breeding attempts so soon.
Just a couple of days ago, with the help of our colleagues from our VCF a baby Bearded Vulture hatched in the aviaries of the Wildlife Rescue Centre.
First attempts for copulations of the pair of Egyptian Vultures at the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Green Balkans10.03.2017
Really wonderful things happen at the Rescue Centre this spring! Yet another long wait is finally over and we saw the first attempts for copulation of the pair of Egyptian Vultures.
On March 1, 2017 in two regions of Vratsa the team of Society for protection of birds of prey, which is part of the LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 project carried out monitoring of two nesting Griffon vultures. In the first nest, which has also been occupied in 2016, there was one incubating bird. In the second nest above Vratsa – newly built in 2017 also one incubating bird was spotted.