Together with SPEA from Portugal, Spanish SEO-Birdlife have designed a birding tourism questionnaire. Both organizations are representatives of Birdlife International in their respective countries. And both would like to know more about the interests, motivation, logistics, etc of the birders, both foreign and national, who bird in Spain and Portugal.
BirdingInSpain.com was invited to a presentation of the initiative and we found it interesting and well designed.
So instead of playing cards on the Internet, or whatever else you do to kill a few minutes, we suggest that you follow this link to the Iberaves questionnaire and help the good people of SEO-Birdlife with their search for knowledge. It may lead to improvements in services, infrastructure and, indirectly, to the conservation of the species that birders want to see.
The Black Vulture Aegypius monachus has returned to the Pyrenees of Spain. A chick born on 25th April this year was the result of the first breeding attempt of this species in the region since the second half of the 19th Century.
As part of a reintroduction scheme 27 individuals of this species were released in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the Pre-Pyrenees of Lleida, Catalonia. Of these, 15 regularly use the area, 3 are occupied with juvenile dispersal, 6 have been found dead found dead and 3 are missing.
Black Vulture. Photo by Chris Schenk.
Feeding stations, habituation enclosures and hacking have all been employed to attempt to establish a permanent breeding population of Black Vultures in the region, strategically located to connect the French and Iberian populations of the species.
Read more about the Black Vulture reintroduction programme at this link:
Black Vulture reintroduction scheme