The Bird of Prey Protection Foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that works on controlling endangered species of birds of prey and reintroducing the previously vanished ones. The process of disrupting habitats and the extinction of species is becoming more intense. Together, we can slow down or stop that process. We can bring back some of the species that we used to share our living space with.
The Foundation takes part in scientific researches and it works on making science popular through education. It organizes a network of associates and ornithologists for the monitoring of endangered species and their habitats. The Bird of Prey Protection Foundation organizes lectures, schools in nature, it publishes books, brochures and posters, all with the aim to raise our awareness and create a need in us to preserve biological diversity. The Foundation organizes its programmes in cooperation with the University in Belgrade, the Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic” and the Serbian Biological Society.
The griffon vulture is an endangered species in the Balkans and its numbers are deteriorating. The general support to the Foundation and the idea of protecting this endangered species has enabled us to preserve and multiply the ancient population of the griffon vulture in Serbia. The griffon vulture is a species dependant on protection measures. Since 1985, the Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic” has been monitoring the griffon vulture population in Serbia and Herzegovina. The griffon vulture left Herzegovina at the beginning of the war in 1992 and a number of them moved to Serbia.
The programme measures for active protection of the last flock of griffon vultures in Serbia, proposed by the Institute for Biological Research “Sinisa Stankovic,” could not be introduced by the state and the number of griffon vultures came down to the last 10 couples in 1992. In order to save the griffon vulture from extinction, we got organized and founded the Bird of Prey Protection Fund in 1994. The Fund managed the “Klisura reke Uvac” (The Uvac Gorge) Reserve and implemented active protection measures at the Special Nature Reserve, which increased the population of this endangered species 12- fold.
The success in the protection of the griffon vulture enabled the Birds of Prey Protection Fund to be registered in 2002 as a legate – The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation, Belgrade. The proclaimed goals of the founders of the Foundation are to bring back the griffon vulture to the places from which it has withdrawn, as well as to return three extinct species of vultures back to Serbia. The Foundation has been introducing contemporary methods of conservation biology, such as reproduction ex situ, video-control of the feeding ground, census, marking, satellite monitoring and regular monitoring. The Foundation programmes also include monitoring of Belgrade’s urban predators and visits to the protected habitats of endangered species in Serbia.