Griffon Vultures - GYPAS Project 2013

The Project 'GYPAS' aims at enriching the extremely small population of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus with individuals from Crete, so that the population recovers.

 

The project is carried out under the 'Cross Border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2007- 2013' and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds of Greece and Cyprus.

 

The ‘Gypas’ Project started in September 2011 and will last for 24 months. The programme is led by the Game Fund in Cyprus, and partners in the program are BirdLife Cyprus and the Department of Forestry in Cyprus, and the Natural History Museum of Crete and Gortyna Municipality in Crete.



The Project 'GYPAS' aims at enriching the extremely small population of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus with individuals from Crete, so that the population recovers. The project is carried out under the 'Cross Border Cooperation Programme Greece-Cyprus 2007- 2013' and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and national funds of Greece and Cyprus.

 

The ‘Gypas’ Project started in September 2011 and will last for 24 months. The programme is led by the Game Fund in Cyprus, and partners in the program are BirdLife Cyprus and the Department of Forestry in Cyprus, and the Natural History Museum of Crete and Gortyna Municipality in Crete.

 

At the invitation of BirdLife Cyprus, I could accompany the first planned reintroduction of the first 5 Griffon Vultures with the camera. On the 10th December 2013, then also the gate to freedom for the first 5 Griffon has opened up. 19 Vultures keep waiting on the reintroduction in the next few month. The young vultures from Crete are housed in large Catches in protected places in the Troodos Mountains to adapt. I was positively surprised about the great effort that is applied by the project partners for the safety of the young Vulture.  Prior to release, the GPS attached to the plumage validated sender. A transmitter weighs 40 grams, is no great burden for the bird. Also the correct seat of the other markers was tested again.

 

The vulture population in Cyprus is at time of maximum of 12 birds and birds imported from Crete the Cyprus population is to be raised again. The released birds could now all  time be monitored by project partners with appropriate software on their routes. As Executive Director of BirdLife Cyprus Dr Clairie Papazoglou, also told me that the vulture avoid the open sea, so that the probability of the successful enlargement of the local population is very high.

 

Who wants to deal with the GYPAS project sic closer will find detailed information here: http://www.gypas.org/en/index.html

Where completed as all preparations and the gate open - made none of the birds directly the move in to freedom.

After a short consultation, the experts decided that we all leave the area and so we left the birds undisturbed and at the flight to freedom unobserved to. Good Luck for them

 

Below a few pictures of the action.


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