The World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated with events dedicated to the Egyptian vulture

15.05.2015
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This weekend (9 and 10 May) we celebrated for the 10th time the World Migratory Bird Day. The event is one of the largest campaigns to raise awareness of migratory birds. In Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) within the LIFE + project "The Return of the Neophron" organized a number of events dedicated to one of the most rare and endangered migratory species – the Egyptian vulture.

In the "City of Vultures" - Madzharovo were organized activities with students - workshops and presentation, focusing on bird migration. In the Nature Conservation Center of BSPB "Eastern Rhodopy" there were hours with free entrance, presentation and monitoring of Egyptian vultures in the wild.

A bird watching tour with focus of the Egyptian vulture was organized in Provadia with students from 5th and 6th grade, teachers and volunteers from the Secondary school "Dimitar Blagoev" who participated in a project called "Children create science".

In Greece, in the framework of the 2015 Migratory Bird Day, a project team participated at the Thessaloniki Science Festival for a 4-day event (14-17 of May) dedicated to spring bird migration, with special mention to the Egyptian Vulture. The activities included environmental education workshops for kids, online activities and games (including the one of EV) and a presentation for the migration routes of the Egyptian vulture and other migratory birds.

Launched in 2006 - World Migratory Bird Day is an awareness-raising campaign which is celebrated annually and aims to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their habitats. This campaign is organized by two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). With the theme “Energy – make it bird-friendly!”, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2015 aims to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates impacts on migratory birds and their habitats.

One of the greatest achievements for the conservation of the Egyptian vulture is the decommission and the replace of the “killer line” from Port Sudan to the Red Sea coast, which is estimated to have electrocuted hundreds and perhaps thousands of this endangered species.

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