The Bird of Prey Protection Foundation is an organization that, among other things, deals with satellite telemetry, or monitoring the movement of endangered bird species with the satellite transmitters. In 2012, the first two Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) were equipped with satellite transmitters and monitored for some time.
Now, we have four Griffon Vultures with Ornitella satellite transmitters, type “ORNITRACK-50-GPS / GSM”, within the satellite tracking program. Two are followed from 1.9.2018, second from 25.05.2019, and fourth from 7.9.2019. All were released in the Special Nature Reserve “Uvac”.
On this page you have the opportunity to keep track of their movement (Note: for better viewing, click on the photo):
Kretanje "Dobrile" 12-19.07.2019. / "Dobrila's" movement 12- 19.07.2019.
“Igor” is a male Griffon Vulture who hatched in 2017 at Uvac and marked by the Foundation’s Vulture Marking Team. He was soon found with a wing injury and transferred to the Palić Zoo. After a two-years recovery he was returned to Uvac and released on 7.9.2019. during the celebration of the “International Vultures Awareness Day 2019” in Uvac. He brought a satellite transmitter funded by the project: “Management of the Griffon Vultures Population (Gyps fulvus) at Special Nature Reserves: “Trešnjica River Gorge” and “Uvac” through the use of marking and monitoring programs using satellite technology and video surveillance”, which was supported by Ministry of Environment Protection call for funding for support to civil society projects in the field of environmental protection in 2019. He is marked with a red-yellow wing marker with the number “01”.
About the “Dobrila”, the Griffon Vulture is known almost everything. She hatched on Uvac in the spring of 2018. Marked in early June. After several months, she was found on the border of Turkey and Syria, where she was rescued by Turkish soldiers. After that, she was rescued several times to eventually be transported by plane to Serbia. On the 25.05.2019. she was released on Uvac, equipped with a satellite transmitter, and entered the monitoring program.
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– The second GPS device which was financed from the project of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, under the project of The Bird of Prey Protection Foundation: “Management of the Gyps fulvus population using satellite technology”.
The device is located on the Griffon Vulture nammed “Zlatar” with a red-yellow wing marker number “02”. He was found exhausted on the September 24, 2017. near the Kragujevac, place Botunje, and placed at the Uvac Birds Center. On the 1.9.2018. he was released in the Uvac.
– “Marija mts” is a young female who has the third GPS device. It was financed by the Telecommunications Company “Telekom Srbija” a.d. as a support for the protection of nature and the aspect of socially responsible business of our national company. She was hatched on Čolovic’s rock on Zlatarsko Lake in 2017, when she was marked. After a while, she was found exhausted and on the January 24, 2018. she was placed at the Uvac Birds Center. She was released on the September 1, 2018. on the Uvac. For easier identification, the bird has a yellow-blue marker marked “06”.
Piroćanac did not make it.
He was hatched in the Belgrade’s Zoo garden and we wanted to give him the chance to be free. It was planned to be one of the first Griffon Vultures released on Stara Planina in 2016, in the program of returning the Vultures on this mountain. That is why he got name Piroćanac. The program was not then supported by the state administration, and Piroćanac remained in the zoo for two years. At the beginning of June 2018, during the organization of the program of satellite tracking and monitoring, the transfer of Piroćanac to Uvac was stopped due to unreasonable administrative requirements. With the support of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the bird got the necessary documents and he was transferred to Uvac with a big delay in the middle of August. We equipped him with a satellite transmitter and released on the Uvac, along with two other Zlatar and Marija mts, on the 1.9.2018., where are the best conditions for him to integrate with other Vultures. There was no point in postponing the release, because the other two birds from the cages were ready, so the Piroccanac would remain alone in the cage. There was also a winter period coming, when Vultures are under pressure to survive. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to adjust and integrate with the other two birds in cage. By satellite tracking and video surveillance on the feed place, we saw that he did not integrate into a flock of Vultures and we wanted to get him back to the cage. The Rangers of the Uvac Reserve were doing their best, but the Pirocanac was elusive. At one point he went to Mileševka and Pašter, which gave us hope that he would succeed. The Vultures from Uvac often visit because there are plenty of cattle and potential food.
When the Rangers found him, he was exhausted, and according to the procedure, he was immediately taken by the veterinarian, who found that the bird was good, that he needed ti eat, and that he would recover quickly, so he was returned to the cage. The bird was not hospitalized at that time and in such a bad condition he was returned to the cage of the Uvac Reserve. Unfortunately, this was obviously not a good estimate. The Piroćanac died in the Center at Uvac, although he accepted some food.
This is the third case that a Vultures are dead in this way. We hope that this bad experience will help to resolve the issue of veterinarians and hospitalization of endangered bird species, so that these unnecessary losses will not occur again.