The Return of the Neophron organizes an exhibition in the center of Plovdiv

09.05.2016

May 9 - Europe Day, at 10.30 am the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) within the LIFE project "The Return of the Neophron" with the support of the Municipal Foundation “Plovdiv 2019″ organizes ehhibition in Plobdiv dedicated to one of the rarest birds in the world - vultures and the Maritsa River and the island of Adata, which are home to a huge variety of birds and a connection of the city with nature.

With beautiful photographs and interesting facts BSPB presented and the Egyptian vulture, the Black vulture and the Griffon vulture. Not so popular in our modern world, these impressive, ancient birds have been revered as sacred for millennia. The ecological role that vultures play provides an irreplaceable service for the living world – they are nature’s health officers, the squad that keeps diseases – both human as well as animal – in check. Thus – contrary to the popular belief, – they are heralds of life, not death. According to some studies, the worth of the ecological services that vultures provide to society goes well over 100 million Euros per year.

Interesting fact for the Egyptian vulture is that in the beginning of the 20th century it was wide-spread and pairs nested even on the hills in the city of Plovdiv.

Another theme of the exhibition are birds of the Maritsa River and the island of Adata. Visitors can get acquainted with some of the most common and most iconic river species such as the Long-eared Owl, the Pygmy Cormorant, the Grey Heron, the Teal and others. Maritsa River is an important focus of Plovdiv’s programme as the European Capital of Culture 2019. The concept is to transform the areas along the river into urban oases: an attractive example of creating art from recycled and eco materials, inspiring technological innovation, sustainable design, architectural strategies, sites for alternative tourism, educational and social tools to improve the relationship between nature and the city. Adata island is included in the programme of the future European Capital of Culture; it provides an opportunity for an iconic city space to become part of the active urban life.

The event is organized by BSPB supported by the Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019 and Plovdiv Municipality and will be on display at the Central Square until the beginning of June.

The exhibition is realized within the projects:

Project “The Return of the Neophron” LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152 funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union and the A. G. Leventis Foundation.

Project  “Conservation of Black and Griffon vultures in the cross-border Rhodope Mountains” (LIFE14NAT/NL/000901) funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union.

Project “Restoration and sustainable management of Imperial Eagle’s foraging habitats in key Natura 2000 sites in Bulgaria” (LIFE14 NAT/BG/001119) funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union; www.LandforLife.org

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