Fund for Wild Flora and Fauna

Early alarm system of the wind park “St Nikola” saved Griffon vulture K4N

The new released Griffon vulture K4N on September 14, 2017 from Nature Park Sinite Kamani has spent over a month roaming throughout Eastern Bulgaria. The bird has been tagged with satellite transmitter and is being tracked by our team.

That’s how it was found out the exact location of the vulture K4N near the wind energy park near Shabla. Days before the bird had visited Romania and had spent the night in the area of Tulcha. The alarming satellite information led to media appeal to local conservationists for visit the location and states the vulture’s condition.

The Early alarm system of the wind park “St Nikola” saved the Griffon vulture K4N. On October 8th the duty ornithologists of the wind park- Yanko Yankov and Kiril Bedev have found the suffering bird in arable land nearby. Despite the bad weather conditions the bird has been fed frequently, which recovered its energy balance. In the next days K4N changed its location, while the operating team of the Wind Park “St Nikola” was coordinately stopping the wind turbines on bird’s way to prevent vulture’s damage. The Early alarm system had been invented in 2010.

Later Vultures Back to LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 team has tracked and stated the safe removal of K4N from the risky area. It was observed near the feeding sites in Eastern Balkan Mountain, but finally the vulture has been attracted by migrating Stork and Eagles flocks, as it joined them to reach Strandja together.

At the end, K4N was caught by local people and transported to Wildlife Rescue Center of Green Balkans to be rehabilitated and recovered before the next release.

So far, the second release of unexperienced vultures record good adaptation and success.