The future of Europe’s only migratory vulture lies in your hands

10.05.2016

With the slogan ”... and when the skies fall silent?”, World Migratory Bird Day 2016 aims to highlight the incredible numbers of migratory birds being lost each year as a result of illegal killing, taking and trade.

On this special day, the LIFE project “Return of the Neophron” has chosen to highlight the plight of the Egyptian vulture, Europe’s smallest and only migratory vulture with the story of Lazaros. While Egyptian vultures can fly over 500 km per day to spend the winter in Africa, and can reach speeds of up to 80 km/hour in flight, they face many threats along the way. These threats which are leading to the vulture’s tragic decline are explained in our story map, telling the story of Lazaros, a vulture that was found poisoned and nursed back to life, only to be poisoned again on returning to his breeding grounds after migration. Take a look at the story map to find out more…

We are also celebrating World Migratory Bird Day 2016 with events on the ground. In Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) is organising events in Provadia and at the Nature Conservation Centre “Eastern Rhodopes”. We invite you to join us on a bird watching tour on Saturday 14th May in Provadia and to explore our exhibition on the Egyptian Vulture. The Nature Conservation Centre "Eastern Rhodopes" in Madzharovo is opening its doors to welcome visitors to the exhibition hall and to watch Griffon and Egyptian vultures flying in the skies above.

In Greece, The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Meteora, invites children of all ages to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, along with the Egyptian Vulture, the flag species of Meteora. The 2-day event, on 16-17th of May, includes presentations, implementation of environmental education activities and guided tours to the Natural History Museum exhibition. Join us to create bird masks and mobiles, learn more about the magical phenomenon of bird migration and how we can all help to safeguard the last remaining Egyptian Vultures in Greece.

Moreover on the 18th of May, an educational trip will be organised with the pupils of the 4th Elementary School of Kalambaka, that will include implementation of outdoor educational acticities and Egyptian Vulture birdwatching!

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