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Poison strikes again in Meteora: Egyptian vultures one step closer to extinction in Greece


Another Egyptian vulture was found dead on the 16th of July in the area of Meteora and all evidence points towards poison as the most probable cause for its death. The carcass was discovered in its nest when researchers from the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) who are monitoring the population in the area accessed the nest after noticing the absence of the pair...

Tagging of one of the last remaining Egyptian vultures in the Balkans


Who would think that trapping a bird is a difficult task? People have been doing it for hundreds, even thousands of years now, for food, for their colourful plumage, for their melodious songs... However, it would seem that they hadn’t been trying to trap an adult Egyptian vulture in its breeding territory. For the last three years, HOS field team had set out to...

The film “Life for the Egyptian vulture – international collaboration” won the second prize in the Environmental Film Festival of Albania


The film “Life for the Egyptian vulture – international collaboration” , created within the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”, won the second prize in the Environmental Film Festival of Albania ( EFFA ). EFFA is organized by the Albanian Ministry of Environment and the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, in collaboration...

Online video camera connects us with the life of the Egyptian vulture for the fourth consecutive year


The Egyptian Vultures’ family arrived after long and dangerous migration route and took the same nesting niche near Provadia, where a team of the LIFE + project "The Return of the Neophron" had installed a camera for the fourth time. It happened in the days after the festival of the town (4-5 April) when a tour for bird watching was organized, dedicated to this...

New scientific publication reveals interesting facts about the migration of Egyptian vultures from the Balkans


Do you know that juvenile Egyptian vultures travel on average 5,275 km during their first migration, and fly for 35 days with an average speed of 172 km per day on their way to Africa? Under specific weather conditions they can even reach a speed of 80 km per hour and fly over 500 km per day! These interesting facts were discovered by the use of satellite...

Poison bait attack at the University Forest of Pertouli


A total of 23 poison baits were found this weekend at the University Forest of Pertouli. This terrible but unfortunately common crime in Greece resulted in the death of two dogs and a fox. It all started on the 19th of March, when residents of the area on a walk lost their two dogs to poison baits. Next day, the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) in collaboration with...