Ermis & Lefkothea on the streets of Sapes arm in arm with the 4th Grade of the town’s primary school

26.06.2013
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Colour and paint for Asproparis day (WWF Greece)

Friday, 7 of June: Open market day in the town of Sapes and as usual the streets are filled with people and stalls with various agricultural produce. Some do their shopping, and others enjoy their coffee while conversing with friends. Someone could say that it seems like everyday.... But no, a wave of voices is coming and soon it has enveloped the entire town!
"Egyptian vulture OLE OLE OLE" non-stop "Egyptian vulture OLE OLE OLE" and the atmosphere vibrates! It is the 4th Grade of Sapes Primary School. It is the 34 "godfathers" and "godmothers" of the Egyptian vultures of N. Santa. It is the students with their teachers that have undertaken an invaluable role in the effort to prevent the extinction of the species in Greece and Bulgaria.
The Egyptian vulture pair that nests in N. Santa (which the two classes decided to name Ermis and Lefkothea) is rather significant as it is, together with the pair that nests in Kompsatos valley, the only pairs that manage to breed successfully in Thrace, outside the National Park of Dadia-Lefkimi-Soufli Forest. This pair, can also be characterized as the most sociable pair in Thrace, due to the fact that it is in constant view for the settlement, while it is also surrounded by livestock enclosures and roads. The couple in N. Santa has successfully bred since 2008. Consequently the protection efforts regarding the couple are in need of synergies with passionate allies, capable to assist creatively!
On that Friday the goal was to inform the local community regarding the problems that the Egyptian vulture is facing. So the 4th Grade of Sapes Primary School organized the action "First inform/ Then cooperate!" More specifically they created posters, buttons, flyers (both printed and digital) and page-markers with the species and took to the streets in order to give them away and invite all to assist in any way they can. At the same time, beside the space where the open market is held the adoption team drew a banner with Ermis & Lefkothea, that afterwards was exhibited in front of the Townhall, surrounded by the now well known chant «Egyptian vulture OLE OLE OLE».
The residents welcomed warmheartedly this effort. They confessed that they didn't know anything regarding the presence of the species in the area, and so they couldn't know anything regarding the threat it is facing.
The students promised to continue in order to help as much as possible in the protection of this endangered species.

The nest guardian helps the students to observe the Egyptian vultures  (WWF Greece)
All together in front of the signboard of Nea Santa (WWF Greece)
The team is preparing for the Exodus
All the Egyptian Vultures at the ready
The asproparis information desk
The placards are covered with Egyptian vulture pictures and slogans
People are acquainted with the species while the painting continues
In front of the Townhall
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The breeding performance of the Egyptian Vulture population in Bulgaria is among the highest in Europe

The breeding performance of the Egyptian Vulture population in Bulgaria is among the highest in Europe