The Junta de Andalucia confirmed the birth of the second chick of bearded vultures this year in Andalusia. This is the fifth wild-born chick since the program began, thirty years ago.
The third member of the breeding pair, formed by 'Tono, a male born in 2006 and 'Blimunda, a female born in 2010, was born March 20, in the Sierras de Cazorla Segura, Las Villas Natural Park (Jaen).
Since 2006, 49 birds of prey from the Sierras de Cazorla and Segura y Los Villas natural parks have been released.
All bearded vultures that are released have been bred in captivity under the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The Cazorla Breeding Centre is part of this program. It is located in Jaen and is dependent on the Ministry of Environment and Land Management. They are managed by the Gypaetus Foundation.
The Ministry has developed the Bearded Vulture Reintroduction Program. It aims to establish an autonomous, stable population in the region through the release and "hacking" of young specimens. This is a technique that was used in falconry.
The Plan for the Recovery and Conservation of Necrophagous Birds includes the bearded Vulture. It is, along with other endangered species, an important resource for bird-watching tourism. Therefore, the recovery of the species will increase economic activity in the rural environment and promote the socioeconomic development of the area.
This was possible because of the Andalusian Strategy against Poison, which prevents poisoned baits from being placed through the Guardia Civil's Environment and Nature Protection Service (Seprona). These agents are crucial pieces in locating criminals responsible for these crimes.
This line of action also includes the precautionary suspension of exploitation and the possibility of withdrawing community assistance.