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.
Egyptian vulture “falls from the sky” – rare accident kills breeding bird in Portugal
Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of a poisoning incident.
ObservArribas: we have started the official preparations!
Between June 23rd and 25th, all roads will lead to Miranda do Douro, to the Observarribas Festival!
Rupis about to cross the Gibraltar strait!
Rupis - the subadult Egyptian vulture which was captured and tagged in the Douro canyon in the framework of the project LIFE Rupis last July, and that has spent the winter in the National Park Boucle du Baoulé in western Mali –is about to arrive in Iberia!