The bearded vulture reintroduction project in the Alps is one of the most successful and celebrated wildlife comeback stories in Europe. Following extinction in the beginning of the 20th century, the species started to be reintroduced in 1986, and today there are 34 established territorial pairs that this year fledged 19 young. The population is slowly increasing in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
Every year, bearded vulture researchers and enthusiasts attempt a one day simultaneous survey across the alpine chain, to count and identify as many bearded vultures as possible – an exercise that helps with the regional monitoring efforts, and ultimately will contribute to accurate population demography figures.
Last year over 600 observers participated in this phenomenal citizen science event – they saw more than 90 different bearded vultures (the total population of the Alps is estimated at 200-250 birds).
This year´s count is this Saturday – 10th October. All over the Alps, people will spend the day in the mountain and keep an eye on the bearded vultures and count them! Please contact the regional coordinators below if you are interested in participating or contact us for any other question:
Italy – Stelvio: firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy – Aosta: email@example.com
Italy – Alpi Marittime: firstname.lastname@example.org
France – Haute Savoie:email@example.com
France – Mercantour: firstname.lastname@example.org
France – Ecrins: email@example.com
France – Grands Causses: firstname.lastname@example.org
France – Vercors: email@example.com