Love living near a vulture roost! These amazing creatures migrate thousands of miles, using known stop overs for decades. Vultures play a huge role in the ecosystem, and are most vulnerable to eating poisoned animals and being struck by vehicles while eating roadkill. Don't use poison, ever!!! And if you can, move roadkill away from traffic to help these creatures! #turkeyvulture#internationalvultureawarenessday#vulture#peacedalevultureroost
Last Saturday, we celebrated the International Vulture Awareness Day to highlight the ecological importance of these creatures. Many of these majestic birds are endangered and it is very important to raise awareness about the conservation of these birds and the huge role that they play in the balance of many ecosystems.
Ultimi preparativi per l'evento "Vivi e liberi di volare" di sabato 14 settembre! Si inizia alle 9:30 con visita guidata gratuita al centro visite della Riserva......e poi? Scopritelo sulla nostra pagina Facebook!
Durante el pasado Día Internacional de los Buitres también estuvo presente en #huertadearriba el equipo de educación de @grefawildlife, informando a todo el que se acercó a las exposiciones y al puesto de Grefa sobre los beneficios de los buitres en los ecosistemas. También desarrollaron talleres para los más pequeños: picos de buitres de papiroflexia, puzzles de palitos y juego familiar para aprender a reconocer siluetas en vuelo, pins con la imagen del #buitrenegro y del #proyectomonachus ... además de las populares Olimpiadas Carroñeras, una serie de juegos para que los más pequeños se diviertan y aprendan sobre el buitre negro.
Vulture ... It was International Vulture Awareness day at the weekend so this shot from the Hawk Conservancy was my view on highlighting the beauty of these birds. Not everyones favourite but one of the most threatened group of birds in the world facing multiple threats, the biggest of which is currently poisoning.
POACHERS ~ the TRUE #criminal in #Africa that the activists and #hunterhaters should focus their attention on! Read before as former #africaph@phjayley describes the photo👇🏼
Posted @withrepost • @phjayley One of the most important genre of species that exist on our planet, the vulture. There were three species (White-Backed, White headed, Lappet Faced) visiting this carcass. In more recent times vultures have been indiscriminately poisoned by poachers so to lessen the attention drawn to their downed and poached game. The downed elephant in the picture was that of a poacher’s kill. Heart breaking knowing there were multiple deeply impoverished villages nearby that could’ve used every ounce of that elephant... Another day in Africa. #internationalvultureawarenessday#hunting#hunter#scavenger#thewildplaces
A big thank you to everyone who visited the centre and donated money for the International Vulture programme on #internationalvultureawarenessday
The money donated will go straight into providing poison response kits to rangers on the ground in Africa.
Save the flyways!
Sarımazı Raptor Migration Count, we conduct in Adana Sarımazı continues. Raptors, which are soaring birds, migrate via thermals – columns of hot air - journey. A crucial migration bottleneck, Adana Sarımazı is located on the migration route of many migratory soaring birds due to this feature.
Unfortunately, migratory soaring birds encounter many problems on their flyways. Globally endangered Egyptian Vultures are migratory soaring birds and face many threats on their flyways.
Until 2004, the Egyptian Vulture population was classified as “least concern (LC)” according to the IUCN Red List Criteria. After 2004, their population decreased dramatically and thus they were declared as Endangered (EN). Estimated European breeding population of the species is ranging between 3000 to 4700. However, this number is decreasing day by day. Among the biggest threats towards the species is the use of pesticides which cause the Egyptian vultures to die in huge numbers. Another threat that the Egyptian Vultures face is collision and electrocution at non-isolated powerlines and pylons.
Within the scope of the project we conduct for the conservation of the endangered Egyptian Vultures; we are working on elimination of various threats that the migratory soaring birds encounter during their migration. Sarımazı Raptor Migration Count will continue until September 30.
One of the most important genre of species that exist on our planet, the vulture. There were three species (White-Backed, White headed, Lappet Faced) visiting this carcass. In more recent times vultures have been indiscriminately poisoned by poachers so to lessen the attention drawn to their downed and poached game. The downed elephant in the picture was that of a poacher’s kill. Heart breaking knowing there were multiple deeply impoverished villages nearby that could’ve used every ounce of that elephant... Another day in Africa. #internationalvultureawarenessday#hunting#hunter#scavenger#thewildplaces
This past Saturday the 7th of September 2019 we held International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) commemorations at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and we would like to thank everyone who attended the event.
It is through your support that we are able to continue our very important work!
Running around yesterday, I completely missed that it was International Vulture Awareness Day. For those of my friends that are not birders, you may not be aware how critical vultures are for the health of our environment in many parts of the world.
This is Rüppell's griffon vulture - one of 4 different species of vulture we saw in Tanzania. Unfortunately (like a number of species I post about) they, among other species of vulture are in decline, going from "near threatened" to "endangered" to "critically endangered" status in under a decade (according to IUCN's Red List assessments). Population declines are for the similar reasons as other species declines - loss of habitat and nesting sites, poisoning, and hunting.
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🎶 It's the MOST wonderful time of the year 🎶 Happy International Vulture Awareness Day everyone! LOOK at these beautiful faces. Scavengers play such an important role in the ecosystem. People think vultures are dirty, but they are really avid bathers and help keep our world free of botulism, plague, rabies and anthrax 🦠. If you want to thank vultures, here are a few ways to help them in return:
Use nonlead ammunition for hunting 🦌 and pest management 🐿
Do not use poisons for rodent and carnivore control 🐀
Donate to great rehabilitation and research organizations like @vulpro_official 💰
Tell other people about awesome vultures 🎤
Message me if you have questions or want to learn more 📩. Y'all know I can talk about vultures for DAYS 😍 #VulPro#IVAD#ivad2019#InternationalVultureAwarenessDay#vulturesrule
#Repost@natgeo It’s International Vulture Awareness Day today, so let's give a bit of love to perhaps the most maligned of the world’s birds because, despite appearances, vultures are hugely important and we need them. They are the cleaners and the undertakers, disposing of dead animals that would otherwise rot and spread disease to other animals and even humans. Vultures have been in steep decline across Asia and Africa due to direct and indirect poisoning and the loss of both food sources and habitat. They are now considered to be one of the most threatened birds in the world. Of Africa’s 11 species of vulture, seven are considered either endangered or critically endangered. So don't turn away. Take a look at an extraordinary group of birds: some have wingspans over nine feet and stomach acid stronger than battery acid, and some can fly higher than any other bird—a Rüppell's griffon vulture was seen at 37,000 feet by an airline pilot! #InternationalVultureAwarenessDay
Happy International Vulture Awareness Day to our favorite "sanitation engineers". By helping clean up roadkill and carrion, vultures undertake a vital dirty job. Vultures are scavengers (they eat dead animals), but they will also eat sick or dying animals. Their meals are most appetizing when food is fresh and, given a choice, they will avoid putrid meat. #desertmuseum#internationalvultureawarenessday 📸: @quietrain31 ”
Yesterday was #internationalvultureawarenessday . Check out our story to see some of the beautiful pictures and touching tributes that were shared across the world yesterday, in awe of vultures.
As for many creatures these days, the future is looking bleak for vultures. Some species have declined by a staggering 99% in recent years. They really need support and understanding. They are truly magnificent birds that do us a great service, scavenging the carcasses of deceased animals. Show your love for vultures this weekend!
Check out the posts we have shared on our story. ☀️
Vultures are often portrayed as villains, but infact they are among the most critical species in the circle of life.
India used to have millions of vultures including 80 million+ White-rumped Vultures in the 1980s when my father was my age, now just a few thousand are left! DOWN 99.99% because of diclofenac, a chemical given to cattle.
Yesterday was International Vulture awareness day. It celebrates the "Garbage men of nature" and tells us how every vulture species including this Lappet-faced vulture is in extreme danger and must be protected by whatever means possible.
The first Saturday in September is #Internationalvultureawarenessday aimed to highlight vulture conservation. Vultures act as nature’s garbage collectors by cleaning up carcasses and remove organic waste from the environment. Without vultures carcasses can take up to 4x longer to decompose. Www.vultureday.org
It's International Vulture Awareness Day today so let's take some time appreciate the cleaners of our ecosystem who have been reviled for their looks, and have a completely unfounded reputation as revolting and gross. The importance of vultures is often overlooked, but they are vital for the healthy functioning of ecosystems, in many cases keeping them free of contagious diseases. As a result of persecution, poisoning, habitat loss and changes in farming practices tragically 16 of the 23 species of vultures are are considered vulnerable, threatened, or endangered with the population of several species declining by 90% in some areas of the world. This is an Indian King Vulture which is considered to be quite rare today since it is listed as critically endangered in the 2007 IUCN Red List. #internationalvultureawarenessday
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Today is International Vulture Awareness Day 2019. Vultures are an ecological vital group of birds who are under severe pressure with some species facing extinction.
Long bills and littered hills.
Did you know that right outside Bangalore in Ramanagara is a vulture sanctuary?
Ramadevarabetta was one of the earliest places we started birding together and have seen it change over the past 5 years.
From the highway road widening to the flocks of visitors littering the path to the temple on the hill, there's a very clear need for us to respect the sanctity of the hill for more than one reason.
It’s International Vulture Awareness Day!
IVAD is a global event supported by the IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group. 164 organisations from 47 countries participate! IVAD aims to create awareness about vultures as a whole, garner support among the public about the plight of vultures globally and highlight the work done by conservationists to protect these birds and their habitats.
From the IAVD web site: “Vultures provide critically important ecosystem services by cleaning up carcasses and other organic waste in the environment; they are nature’s garbage collectors and this translates into significant economic benefits. Studies have shown that in areas where there are no vultures, carcasses take up to three or four times longer to decompose. This has huge implications for the spread of diseases in both wild and domestic animals, as well as elevating pathogenic risks to humans.” The IUCN Red List status of African-Eurasian vultures has seen drastic changes in recent years, due to a myriad of reasons from mass poisonings to habitat destruction, with many species recently re-listed as Critically Endangered.
These Lappet-faced Vultures, Torgos tracheliotos, that I photographed in Tanzania earlier this year, have Endangered status.
At home here in the U.S., let’s cherish our Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, and California Condors for the essential role they play in keeping us and our environment healthy!
I strongly urge you follow @thedailyjames to see vultures through the eyes of a volunteer at the LA zoo. You will fall in love. 😍
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Hey, guess what day it is! Why, it’s International Vulture Awareness Day!!(✨the best day of the year✨)Tell all your friends! And thank your local vultures for all their hard work today and every day!
The general public perception of vultures is that they are ugly, nasty, stupid creatures. Many people believe these birds spread disease and that they are bad omens whose presence means death. The purpose of this page, and of International Vulture Awareness Day is to dispel the myths surrounding these birds and to educate people about their significance on our planet. Vultures are nature’s clean up crew. They clean up the environment by consuming carcasses and unlike other scavengers, the vulture’s stomach acids neutralize diseases that could be fatal to humans, including botulism, anthrax, and rabies. Vultures are highly responsible for keeping disease out of the environment. In fact, vultures are so good at this job that a single vulture is estimated to be worth $10,000 in ecosystem services. In countries who’s vulture populations have plummeted, the number of humans dying from diseases has skyrocketed, proving just how vital these birds are to us. Vultures are in peril. Of the 23 species found across the world, 16 are threatened or endangered. This is not only a vulture crisis: it’s a human crisis. Vultures experience threats that include habitat loss, lack of food, poaching, poisoning, and collision with man made objects. Some species are hunted for traditional medicine while others are specifically targeted by poachers who lace carcasses with poison to prevent vultures from giving away the location of their kills. In Asia, vulture populations plummeted due to the use of a veterinary drug called diclofenac that proved toxic to vultures who consumed the carcasses of cattle who had been treated with it. Though the situation is dire, it is not hopeless. Many conservation efforts are in place. From rehabilitation and captive breeding programs to creation of safe feeding stations for vultures (vulture restaurants), conservationists are working hard to save vultures. You can help to by supporting these organizations’ efforts and by educating your family and friends about these amazing creatures. IVAD is a day to celebrate vultures. Let’s work together to save our scavengers. #teamgeorge#internationalvultureawarenessday#vultureconservation#aefeagles
Happy International Vulture Awareness Day! . . .
Buttercup posed for a series of headshots just in anticipation of this very important environmental “holiday”! Vultures are an ecologically vital part of our world’s ecosystem — and unfortunately, populations of vultures worldwide are dwindling, leaving some species facing extinction. . . .
What do vultures do that’s so crucial? Eat dead stuff, of course! By eating the world’s carrion, vultures help to eliminate hosts for disease, parasites and harmful bacteria’s that may otherwise spread to other animals (and people!). Did you know vultures have a special digestive system that can dissolve anthrax, botulism, and cholera? Woah — that’s definitely something to marvel at! . . .
So let’s hear it for nature’s unsung hero’s and be thankful that they’re here to clean up our world! . . . #wildlifecenterva#wildlife#vulturesofinstagram#internationalvultureawarenessday#conservationeducation#wildlifeeducation#ivad
#DidYouKnow In just an hour, a wake of vultures is capable of clearing an entire adult zebra carcass; leaving only the bare bones. The speed at which vultures operate is critical, helping prevent the formation of disease spores on a carcass. This helps prevent the spread of anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and brucellosis among other zoonotic diseases (a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people). •
Vulture numbers have declined sharply over the past century, with the main cause for their decline being poisoning - targeted at large carnivores as part of widespread human wildlife conflict issues. Other secondary factors that have contributed to the decline in vulture numbers are habitat encroachment, hunting, the illegal wildlife trade and a decline in wild ungulate populations that has reduced food sources for them.