The bearded vulture is consolidating its presence in the Valencian Community. With the recent release of two specimens, there are already nine that have been successfully recovered from the province of Castellón. The species, in the whole of Spain, has gone from just 30 specimens a few decades ago to now exceed a thousand.
The Tinença de Benifassà Natural Park in Castellón has received two new specimens this week bearded vulture juveniles, from the breeding centers of Guadalentín in Andalusia and Haringsee (Austria), within the framework of the actions of the reintroduction project of this species in the Maestrazgo.
The release took place in the hamlet of Bel, in Castellón, with the presence of the general director of Natural Environment and Environmental Assessment, Julio Gómez, whose General Directorate has been developing the reintroduction project ‘Welcome again, Crebalòs’ since 2018.
The Generalitat Valenciana is carrying out this reintroduction program to bring back this emblematic bird for the Valencian Community, in collaboration with the Government of Aragon, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF).
The director general of the Natural Environment emphasizes that the program “consolidates the objective of restoring the biological wealth of the Valencian Community, with the recovery of this species that became extinct in this territory at the end of the 19th century and that has returned to settle and fly over the sky of Tinença”.
Nine copies successfully released
After the release, the project has so far released a total of 11 specimens, 5 males and 6 females, from the European network of breeding and breeding centers in the Tinença de Benifasà Natural Park. there are a total of 9 living specimenswhich is considered a high percentage of survival.
The monitoring results indicate that five of the seven reintroduced individuals – not counting the bearded vultures released this morning – are still in the release area, which shows that the acclimatization protocol to the new area is giving good results. The remaining two have moved to the Pyrenees.
With the introduction of these two new young bearded vultures, which the students of the Colegio Rural Agrupado la Bardissa de Rosell have called Ereta and Espèrit, the reintroduction of this species is consolidated, not only in the Valencian Community, but in the whole of the Peninsula. Ibérica, where several parallel initiatives are achieving positive results for the species.
From just 30 copies that were left in the entire country a few decades ago, it has managed to exceed a thousandthanks to the involvement of institutions and conservation entities.
The bearded vulture is a bird of prey that feeds on the bones that remain abandoned after the feast of the vultures, bones that it raises to a great height and throws against the rocks of the breakers to fracture them before ingesting them. In captivity it has a life expectancy of about 20 years, although in captivity its longevity is greater than 40 years.
The bearded vulture is a member of the accipitradae family. It is a quite different vulture from the rest of its congeners, since its head is covered with feathers, which shows that it does not insert its head into the bodies of dead animals to feed, as vultures do.
the bearded vultures They live in mountainous and steep areas, equipped with large ravines or cliffs from where they can throw their catches to feed on them. In addition, it also prefers to look for cave areas, where it can nest without being disturbed.
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