Our latest visit was carried out in the beginning of June (5-8 June 2019) and it was a joint monitoring of the Egyptian Vulture territories in south of Albania. With a long-standing experience in monitoring and studying of endangered species, both organizations proved to be “UNUM” in their common mission of monitoring the Egyptian Vulture.
As we have mentioned before, the Egyptian Vulture is not an easy species to work with, it is an intelligent species with a quite secretive behavior. Despite that, our regular visits in the Egyptian Vulture territories has helped us to have a better knowledge on this species, on its behavior and in the same time to be more effective in our work. The collaboration with HOS has had a great influence in this regard. They shared with us some “secrets of the profession”, gained during their long-lasting experience.
Each expedition has resulted in a unique novelty of the information (behavior, protective instincts, self-care, interaction with others) that we have gained from our fieldwork. And, in the course of these novelties, during this visit something new was added to our perception. We learned how the Egyptian Vulture chooses its nest, answering thus all the questions raised in the beginning of the season. In these terms, the 3-hour set in the protocol for the monitoring of a territory is more than justify which we have often overcome it by spending more than 3 hours on a territory.
In the following, it is quite clear that to work with the Egyptian Vulture, time, effort and persistence is needed!
The exchange of experience between AOS and HOS resulted in a rewarding cooperation, however, we still have to learn on the protection of the Egyptian Vulture.
This joint visit was conducted within the framework of “Egyptian Vulture New Life” project which aims to protect and increase the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) population in Europe by taking immediate measures in conservation, eliminating key threats in nesting places and during migration.