The “International Vulture Awareness Day” event is celebrated every year on the first Saturday in September. It is part of the global celebration of the day when we point out the importance and need to protect vultures. Unfortunately, this year, due to the coronary virus pandemic and the measures prescribed by the state, we were not able to celebrate this “holiday” more massively and in the way we are used to.
Despite that, several important things have been done. The team of the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation, in cooperation with “Rezervat Uvac” and the Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković”, the Institute of National Importance for the Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, released two young Griffon Vultures in the Uvac Reserve, who were recovering in the shelter’s aviary, after jumping out of their nests prematurely. The birds were previously marked and professionally treated and took off quite nicely. The third bird, which was also planned to be released, will remain in the aviary for some time, because it is estimated that it has not recovered enough for the first flight.
We also visited the Special Nature Reserve “Klisura reke Trešnjice” where together with Laza, the keeper of the Reserve, we visited the feeding area, downloaded video surveillance footage and made additional “fine” camera adjustments.
Apart from Serbia, this year the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation participated in the celebration of this day in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with “Novi Val” from Blagaj and the Ornithological Society “Naše ptice” from Sarajevo. An attempt was made to release our griffon vulture “Luka”, who was in an aviary in Blagaj, and is originally from Trešnjica.
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Unfortunately, Luka did not want to take off again, so he was sent back to the aviary.