Movements of the Griffon Vulture in Cyprus

Follow the movements of GPS tagged Griffon Vultures in Cyprus

Today’s technology helps us follow the movement of birds by tagging birds with GPS transmitters. The gathered data provide information on several aspects of each tagged bird and this information can guide conservation efforts. It is also a valuable tool to monitor the well-being of the tagged bird. For example, if body temperature drops low or the accelerometer shows no activity, there is an alert that warns scientists who can go on site and save a weakened bird. In case the bird is found dead, the team can make sure that a proper post-mortem analysis can be performed, if the carcass is found as soon as possible after the bird dies. The GPS data further helps us understand foraging areas and migration paths as well as identify dangerous power lines, poles or windmills etc. This data is especially important to inform conservationists where the biggest need for actions are or for scientists who want to study the behaviour of the tagged birds.

The following maps are available to the public to follow the journeys of the so far GPS tagged Griffon Vultures in Cyprus.

Nepheli

Nepheli is a young Griffon Vulture born at Episkopi Cliffs in spring 2019. It was found grounded in September 2019 at the base of the cliffs and was rescued by the authorities. After spending a few weeks in rehabilitation, in October 2019 the Game and Fauna Service fitted Nepheli with a GPS tag provided by the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF). Since then, we have been following Nepheli’s adventures and making sure she is safe.

Ikaros

Ikaros is a sub-adult Griffon Vulture (probably born in 2017 or 2018) that was equipped with a GPS transmitter in November 2019 as part of the LIFE with Vultures project.

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