Tuesday, 17 February 2015

South Africa's bearded Vulture in serious decline

Scientists have turned to outer space to explain the mysterious disappearing act of one of Africa’s most famous birds. Satellite trackers attached to 18 bearded vultures have confirmed conservationists’ worst fears: humans are largely to blame for the rapid demise of the species.
Bearded Vulture.

Once widespread throughout much of Southern Africa, the bearded vulture is now critically endangered in the sub-continent, with a nearly 50 percent reduction in nesting sites since the 1960s.

And the main reasons for their decline are collisions with power lines and poisoning, two major vulture hazards that killed half of the birds in the satellite tracking survey.

Once widespread across South Africa, the bearded vulture population is now restricted to the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and South Africa. But even in these isolated mountains the population continues to decline due to human encroachment on nesting sites and feeding territory.

- See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/southern-african-bearded-vulture-decline/#sthash.qS9WVDHM.dpuf
Scientists have turned to outer space to explain the mysterious disappearing act of one of Africa’s most famous birds. Satellite trackers attached to 18 bearded vultures have confirmed conservationists’ worst fears: humans are largely to blame for the rapid demise of the species.
Bearded Vulture
© Sonja Krueger
Once widespread throughout much of Southern Africa, the bearded vulture is now critically endangered in the sub-continent, with a nearly 50 percent reduction in nesting sites since the 1960s.
And the main reasons for their decline are collisions with power lines and poisoning, two major vulture hazards that killed half of the birds in the satellite tracking survey.
Once widespread across South Africa, the bearded vulture population is now restricted to the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho and South Africa. But even in these isolated mountains the population continues to decline due to human encroachment on nesting sites and feeding territory.
- See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/southern-african-bearded-vulture-decline/#sthash.qS9WVDHM.dpuf

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