Life Rupis – Conservation of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in the Douro Valley’ is a transboundary conservation project, with a duration of 4 years (2015 – 2019), co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme funding instrument. The project, which takes place on the Portuguese-Spanish border,across the protected areas of the International Douro River, the valley of Águeda River, and Arribes del Duero, aims to strengthen the populations of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in these areas by reducing mortality and improving breeding success. Other raptor species like the Black Vulture and the Red Kite will also benefit from the project actions.
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New supplementary feeding point established in the LIFE RUPIS project– and almost immediately up to 10 Egyptian vultures fed there
Among the several actions within the Life Rupis project is the establishment of supplementary feeding points on the Portuguese side of the canyon to cater for the needs of Egyptian vultures.
Egyptian vultures also seem to favour mud bathing to gain colour – but why?
One of the most fascinating – and mysterious, features of the animal world relates to the preference of bearded vultures to bath in iron-rich mud to acquire the well-known and spectacular orange colour of their plumage.
Workshop on the Life Rupis project for the Fire Department of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
As part of the project "Life Rupis - Conservation of the Egyptian vulture and Bonelli's eagle in the Douro River ", the partner ATN organized a technical workshop destined to the Fire Department of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.