How we will celebrate the International Vulture Awareness Day in Bulgaria

26.08.2015

Photo: Franz C. Robiller

The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) within of the LIFE + project "The Return of the Neophron" will celebrate in three cities of the country the International Vulture Awareness Day - September 5 (Saturday).

In the BSPB Nature Conservation Center "Eastern Rhodopes" the event will be organized with the support of the Municipality of Madjarovo and Rewilding Europe and will start from September 3 with a team of volunteers to clean up the Center, painting the bridge of Arda River and setting of new information boards. On the day of the event (September 5, Saturday) a lot of games and quizzes for children with many awards, and graffiti show will be held at the beach of the river. Additionally, a presentation dedicated to the vultures and a film about bird crime in Bulgaria will be broadcasted.

And that's not all - from 1st to 5th of September the artists of "140 ideas" will paint a wall of a residential building in Madzharovo. The theme will be devoted to vultures and their invaluable function in the nature.

In Ruse the event will be organized with the cooperation of the Rousse Regional Museum of History and the Rusenski Lom Nature Park and will also include games and quizzes for children with many awards, presentations, and the film about bird crime in Bulgaria.

In Provadia the IVAD will be held in front of the Municipality, where students of the schools "Dimitar Blagoev" and "Earth" will give name of the young vulture from the nest with the online video camera. A quiz with prizes will be organized as well as a birdwatching tour.

Egyptian vulture population in the Balkans for the past 30 years had declined by more than 80%. The main reasons for this are the unsafe electrical networks, the illegal trade with rare animals, and the irregularities in the use of pesticides and insecticides in agriculture, the poison baits, which are dangerous not only for the species, but also for humans and domestic animals.

The vultures have rapidly become one of the most threatened families of birds on the planet. Three of every four old-world vulture species are already Globally threatened with extinction or Near Threatened according the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Unless threats are identified and tackled quickly and effectively, vultures in Africa and Europe could face extinction within our lifetime.

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