Two-day event dedicated to the flagship bird of Meteora

29.03.2015

HOS will be organizing on the 2nd and 3rd of April a two-day event dedicated to the Egyptian vulture, the flagship bird of Meteora. The event will be organized in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Meteora (NHMM) and the Kalampaka Forestry Service.

The first event, entitled “What became of the Egyptian vulture? The fight against poison will take place on Thursday, the 2nd of April, at 6 pm, at the NHMM’s  “Egyptian vulture Auditorium” (20 Pindos st., Kalampaka). It will address the past and present situation of the species in the wider area of Meteora, the actions implemented towards its conservation under the current LIFE project and the major nature conservation issue of the illegal use of poison baits.

On Friday, the 3rd of April, at 11:30 am, again at the NHMM, HOS and the NHMM staff will carry out environmental education activities with the 25th Secondary School of Trikala. The main subject of these activities will be the Egyptian vulture and other migratory birds of the region.

This small migratory vulture, known in the area also as “Cheese maker” and “Tortoise-eater”, is οn the verge of extinction. Very few birds survive in the Balkans, and even less pairs breed in Greece every year.

Meteora is one of the lucky areas to hold some of the last breeding pairs in Greece. However, until quite recently, Meteora was home to the largest concentration of Egyptian vultures in the country.

The agenda of the event on Thursday, the 2nd of April, is available here (in Greek)

 

The two-day event is implemented in the framework of the LIFE+ Project “The Return of the Neophron” with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Union and the co-finance of the A.G. Leventis Foundation.

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