THE EGYPTIAN VULTURE FLIES HIGH IN THE CHOICE OF THE WINNING CONSERVATION PROJECT

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In this edition, the festival’s visitors have been the ones which decided the winner conservation project.

With this novelty, we want to implicate even more the festival’s visitors, making them part of the project itself and promote the presented projects.

The winning project with 41% of votes was the one presented by the conservation biology team of the University of Barcelona entitled ” Conservation status of the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Central and Eastern Catalonia: census, reproductive success, and survival”.

The main objective of the project is to improve the knowledge about the demography and conservation status of the Egyptian Vulture, a species that holds the category of Endangered at the international level.

White-faced storm-petrel got the second position with 21% of votes. This project designed by Corys aimed the restoration of the colony of White-faced Storm- petrel (Pelagodroma marina) in the island of Alegranza, Canary Island.

Audouin’s seagull took third place with 19% of the votes.  The goal of this project presented by Picampall was monitorize in detail the movements of this species to anticipate future colonization and improve its conservation status in the Ebro Delta.

Finally, and with 19% of the votes, the Balearic Shearwater got the last position. The Grup Balear d’Ornitologia i Defensa de la Naturalesa,  authors of this project, pretend to continue a program of marking with GLS, this species one of the most endangered seabirds of Europe.

Thanks to the votes of the participants, the Egyptian vulture’s project will enjoy the prize of a minimum amount of 2000 euros due to the support of the Barcelona Zoo, plus the benefit of the festival tickets.

Author: Ricard Losarcos