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The Canary Egyptian vulture (guirre) population has tripled
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Courtesy of Diario de Fuerteventura

The guirre (or Canary Egyptian vulture), one of the most dangerous threatened raptors in Europe, has tripled its population in the last two decades, in a recovery in which biologists consider decisive the result of the measures taken to protect it with the help of the European Life program.

The Biological Station of Doñana (CSIC) and the universities of Amsterdam, Balearic Islands, Lund (Sweden) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria publish in the journal "Journal of Applied Ecology" the results of the measures implemented by the Life program between 2004 and 2008 to protect this bird, one of the most emblematic of the islands.

The study recalls that, in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the last two redoubts of this variety of Egyptian vulture, only 21 breeding pairs were counted in 1998. Two decades later, they are already 67.

"These are hopeful results for this bird, which until recently had rather gloomy prospects for the future", explains the first signatory of the article Jaume Adriá Badia, researcher attached to Balearic and Lund universities and the Doñana station.

The authors of the work remind that the guirre "went from being abundant in a good part of the Canary archipelago in the middle of the XX century to being restricted in a single population divided between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in 1998", which led to the articulation of protection measures, supported as of 2004 by the European Union.

The Life program focused on the guirre focused on counteracting its two main causes of death: accidents with power lines and the ingestion of poisoned carrion.

To this end, corrective measures were taken on power lines to make them safer for birds and social awareness campaigns were undertaken to reduce the use of poisons.

Since then, indicate the results of this work, there have been few deaths due to the collision and coupling in power lines (there has been two cases between 1998 and 2006 to none between 2007 and 2017) and mortality from poisonings has decreased drastic (has dropped from 21 cases to only three).

"This study shows that environmental education and the awareness of the population can be vital to combat the current biodiversity crisis, and conservation measures have resulted in an increase in survival, especially in the adult fraction of the population. population, which is precisely the most determining parameter when it comes to guaranteeing the viability of these populations, "adds another of the authors Ana Sanz Aguilar, a researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (University of the Balearic Islands-CSIC).

"Comprehensive" monitoring for 20 years

One of the novelties of this study has been the use of a statistical method that includes parameters that are usually not taken into account, such as the loss of rings.

"We have been carrying out intensive and exhaustive monitoring of this population in Fuerteventura for more than 20 years, and the collection of detailed long-term individual monitoring data has allowed us to apply more complex statistical analyses, which in turn have generated results that allow us to better understand the ecology and demography of this and other long-lived species ", says the director of the guirre monitoring project, José Antonio Donázar, from the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC).

The work also highlights the importance of carrying out long-term monitoring of conservation measures.

Currently, due to their cost, these follow-ups are difficult to maintain. "However, in this case, a monitoring campaign of more than 20 years has allowed us to evaluate the efficiency of a Life project beyond its four years of implementation, and such monitoring and evaluation, if done regularly, would allow us to understand which conservation measures have good results and which ones do not, "adds Sanz Aguilar.


EDIT: Correction of GoogleTranslate. Thanks everyone.
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(20-02-2019, 01:41 PM)Sam Wrote: The guirre (or Canary Egyptian vulture), one of the most dangerous raptors in Europe

"Dangerous"???

If you are dead, yes.  Otherwise, I don't see how.
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(21-02-2019, 09:12 AM)hairybiker Wrote:
(20-02-2019, 01:41 PM)Sam Wrote: The guirre (or Canary Egyptian vulture), one of the most dangerous raptors in Europe

"Dangerous"???

If you are dead, yes.  Otherwise, I don't see how.

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I think bad translation. Most at threat, not dangerous.
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'Diario' used the word amenazadas which can be translated as threatened.
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The Cabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of the Environment, has proceeded today, Monday, June 1, to release a female 40H guirre who was picked up by Environment agents in Cofete, on April 26 , after receiving notice from a citizen. At the time of its collection, the animal presented symptoms of poisoning by poisons.

After receiving the pertinent veterinary attention at the Oasis Wildlife, a centre that collaborates with the Cabildo through an agreement for the care and maintenance of injured wildlife species, this 40H breeding female is released following the protocol established by the General Directorate of Fight against Climate Change, based on its powers and in coordination with the Fuerteventura Council.

Before proceeding to release the animal, a GPS / GSM transmitter was implanted by the technical monitoring staff of the Doñana-CSIC Biological Station, which will allow an exhaustive monitoring of the movements and behaviour of the animal after its release and intervene quickly in the event of an unforeseen event.

The Minister of the Environment, Marlene Figueroa, shows her gratitude to the citizens who gave the warning on April 26, “because thanks to them, a prompt intervention was made, ensuring that the animal survived and that today it can be released and can continue to fulfil its role as a breeding female of one of the most emblematic species on the Island and currently endangered, the Majorero Guirre (Neophron percnopeturs majorensis) ”.

Likewise, from the Environment area, citizens are reminded that when such findings are found, they should immediately inform 112, they should not pick up the animal or administer food or drink. Neither is it convenient to manipulate the environment, since it will be the personnel of the Environment who are in charge of providing the necessary care and transferring it to the centre where it can receive the care required for its recovery.

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(03-06-2020, 02:32 PM)Sam Wrote: The Cabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of the Environment, has proceeded today, Monday, June 1, to release a female 40H guirre who was picked up by Environment agents in Cofete, on April 26 , after receiving notice from a citizen. At the time of its collection, the animal presented symptoms of poisoning by poisons.

After receiving the pertinent veterinary attention at the Oasis Wildlife, a centre that collaborates with the Cabildo through an agreement for the care and maintenance of injured wildlife species, this 40H breeding female is released following the protocol established by the General Directorate of Fight against Climate Change, based on its powers and in coordination with the Fuerteventura Council.

Before proceeding to release the animal, a GPS / GSM transmitter was implanted by the technical monitoring staff of the Doñana-CSIC Biological Station, which will allow an exhaustive monitoring of the movements and behaviour of the animal after its release and intervene quickly in the event of an unforeseen event.

The Minister of the Environment, Marlene Figueroa, shows her gratitude to the citizens who gave the warning on April 26, “because thanks to them, a prompt intervention was made, ensuring that the animal survived and that today it can be released and can continue to fulfil its role as a breeding female of one of the most emblematic species on the Island and currently endangered, the Majorero Guirre (Neophron percnopeturs majorensis) ”.

Likewise, from the Environment area, citizens are reminded that when such findings are found, they should immediately inform 112, they should not pick up the animal or administer food or drink. Neither is it convenient to manipulate the environment, since it will be the personnel of the Environment who are in charge of providing the necessary care and transferring it to the centre where it can receive the care required for its recovery.

Courtesy of www.cabildofuer.es.

What is 40H Sam, the bird's ring number? I can't find the article to check.
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(03-06-2020, 08:49 PM)milestone11 Wrote: What is 40H Sam, the bird's ring number? I can't find the article to check.

Honesty, no idea. Could "H" be some kind of size/weight/time measuring unit?

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(04-06-2020, 05:57 AM)Sam Wrote:
(03-06-2020, 08:49 PM)milestone11 Wrote: What is 40H Sam, the bird's ring number? I can't find the article to check.

Honesty, no idea. Could "H" be some kind of size/weight/time measuring unit?

http://www.cabildofuer.es/cabildo/el-cab...uperacion/

Thanks Sam. After I wrote the post, I did a google search on the photo and found the article. I've no idea to what the 40H refers.
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Just had a thought: Hembra is Spanish for female so perhaps the 40H is the 40th female to be ringed/accounted for?

From Radio Sintonia:

The Minister of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands,José Antonio Valbuena, visited this Tuesday, August 31, the facilities of the Biological Station of La Oliva dedicated to the Life Egyptian Vultureproject, an initiative focused on the protection and conservation of the guirre.
 
During the visit, Minister Valbuena thanked the work of the professionals involved in this initiative, especially the Biodiversity Service of the regional Executive, which seeks to "ensure the survival and reproduction in the distribution area of this species, cataloged as 'in danger of extinction' in the Spanish Catalog of Threatened Species and in the Canary Islands Catalog of Protected Species."

In this sense, the head of the Area advanced that the forecast for this year 2021 is that, between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, the island on which the project is also developed, the 400 specimens of guirres will be exceeded, a figure much higher than the 150 units identified in 1998. In addition, so far this year a total of 49 offspring have been quantified in the breeding territories, compared to the 36 offspring counted during 2020.
Finally, Valbuena recalled that the Life Egyptian Vulture project has a total budget of 5,084,605 euros, of which about four million are financed by the European Union (EU), since it is an initiative that is also developed in other countries of the continental territory.
The minister was accompanied on the visit by the president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura,Sergio Lloret; the island's Minister of Environmental Sustainability, Lola García; and the mayor of La Oliva, Pilar González.
Lloret said that "we work with the Government and municipalities in this work of creating greater and greater social awareness about the need to preserve threatened species, specifically in this case of the guirre". For his part, García stressed that "from the institutions we must combat all the risk factors that exist, such as the illegal use of poison, one of the main threats of the species."
In this sense, during the visit there was also a demonstration of the training of the dogs of the Antivenom Canine Unit (UCA) that participate in the Life Egyptian Vultureproject.
Finally, the mayor of La Oliva, Pilar González, thanked the visit of the counselor and recognized the work of the people who carry out their work in the Biological Station of La Oliva, "who contribute to place the municipality of La Oliva as a reference in the protection and conservation of the avifauna of the island of Fuerteventura, especially with a species as sensitive as the guirre, which is also a claim for bird watching tourism and linked to nature".
Growth of the population of guirres
The conservation measures applied from 2004 to the present have allowed the population of guirres in the Canary Islands to grow an average of 5% per year in relation to the data of 1998, the year in which the species did not exceed 150 specimens.


The provisional data of 2021 indicate that in Fuerteventura at least a total of 81 breeding territories would have been reached,which added to the 9 of Lanzarote would make a total of 90 breeding areas. In these areas it has been possible to quantify a total of 49 chickens, which is an absolute record, so that almost certainly this year will exceed 400 specimens.
Life Egyptian Vulture
The direct actions promoted by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Fight against Climate Change and Territorial Planning aimed at the preservation and protection of the guirre are encompassed in three lines of work.
On the one hand, the Life Egyptian Vulture project, for which the Canary Islands will have a budget of 1,776,834 euros and whose execution forecast covers until 2023.
In addition, the Ministry of Transition has launched this year, and also until 2023, the service called Conservation actions of threatened species of avifauna in the eastern islands of the Canary Islands. Minimization of the impact associated with climate change, which will be executed by the public company Gestión y Planeamiento Territorial y Ambiental (Gesplan) to give continuity to the general monitoring tasks of the population of guirres once the Life Egyptian Vulture project is completed.
Finally, actions are being developed in collaboration with the companies that own the transmission and distribution power lines of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to reduce the mortality of the species linked to electrocution and hitching in power lines.
Breakdown of actions


The conservation measures planned between 2017 and until 2023 include, in addition to the monitoring of the population of guirres and the maintenance of the specimens in captivity, the installation of muladar spaces for supplementary food management (feeders), actions aimed at reducing the illegal use of poison, the correction of power lines and the dissemination and awareness of the population about the importance of the conservation of the guirre.
With regard to this last point, more than 5,500 schoolchildren from Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have participated in the workshops organized by the different institutions involved in the project.
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