Nearly 150 international experts will gather in Cazorla, Italy, from November 9-11 to share their experiences with the bearded-vulture reintroduction programs being developed in Europe.
In a press release, the Ministry of the Environment and Territorial Planning highlighted that this meeting was the first outside the Alps and that it was organized by the Vulture Conservation Foundation in collaboration with herself and the Gypaetus Foundation and the City Council of Cazorla.
The first day will feature presentations about the threatened species. The second day will focus on Andalusia's work. The third day will be used to promote the autonomous community's project in the natural environment. This includes the Bearded Vulture Captive Breeding Center and the territories they occupy. Demonstrations with dogs will also be held as an example of fighting the poisoned baits.
The meeting will feature researchers and technicians from Spain, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. It will take place at the Cazorla Theatre.
The Ministry explained that the Bearded Vulture Reintroduction Program it creates aims at achieving an autonomous and stable species population in the region through the release of young specimens via the system of country breeding, or 'hacking.
You should also know that some individuals are released into the wild from the Cazorla Captive Breeding Center Jaen, which was established by the Ministry in 1996. It is managed by the Gypateus Foundation with the goal of creating a long-term viable population of the species.
The European Endangered Species Program is attached to this center. Each year, part of the chickens kept in captivity are used to fund the Reintroduction Projects for endangered species. These projects are carried out in Andalusia as well as other European locations.
The Board emphasized the importance of the bearded Vulture, which is included in the Plan for the Recovery and Conservation of Necrophagous Birds. It, along with other endangered species, is "an important resource for tourism that specializes in bird watching." He has also concluded that the recovery of the bearded vulture "means increasing economic activity and rural areas with great potential" which favors socioeconomic development in the territory.
It is now certain that there are approximately 40 bearded Vultures in Andalusia, thanks to recent observations and individual identifications made by technicians from the reintroduction program or their satellite transmitters.