Preliminary monitoring results of the Egyptian Vulture in Albania

The first monitoring for this season of the population of Egyptian Vulture (𝘕𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘯𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴) in Albania is successfully completed.

The monitoring results for the confirmation of the territories shows that the population of the Egyptian Vulture in Albania is located in eight occupied territories, located in the area of Mallakastra, Tepelena, Gjirokastra and Përmet. The observed population consists of only 5 pair and 3 single individuals.

Considering these preliminary results and comparing with 2019, we can say that the population of Egyptian Vulture is either stable or declining while the species continues to be in critical condition.

Once very common, today, the Egyptian Vulture is found only in a few limited territories, in the south of the country. The limited number of the Egyptian Vultures in Albania, is an indicator of the critical situation of this  population. At the same time emphasizes the necessity of taking actions in the protection of the last breeding vulture in our country.

These actions are required to focus mainly on:
📌 preventing the use of poison-baits,
📌 the insulation of power lines to prevent electrocution,
📌 habitat conservation 𝘢𝘯𝘥
📌 preventing disturbance and persecution in the territories.

This preliminary monitoring of the population of Egyptian Vulture in Albania for 2020 was made possible thanks to the work of AOS, PPNEA, ADZM Gjirokastra and local conservation groups, within the project “Egyptian Vulture New Life“.

Among other conservation activities, the team will continue,
during all the breeding season, with routine field observations.

Meanwhile, two campaigns dedicated to monitoring of the Egyptian Vulture population will be implemented, respectively in June and August, in order to specify the number of the population of this species, aiming as well to follow the whole breeding season and calculating productivity (fledglings) per nest.

Until then, let’s hope for a good breeding season of Egyptian Vulture in our country!

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