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.
Rupis mascote presented to the geberal public
Rupis, the mascote of the Life Rupis project, was widely presented on SPEA's national newsletter, this week.
Update: Egyptian vutlture Rupis migration journey
In February the monitoring tracking signal allows us to make an update of the migratory journey of the egyptian vulture tagged by the Life Rupis team.
Female Egyptian vultures have lower survival and start breeding earlier than males in Central-North Spain
Ana Sanz-Aguilar and co-authors have research the effect of age and sex on recruitment, breeding success and adult survival of the globally endangered Egyptian vulture in North-Central Spain during 31 years. Their results were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, you can download here.