International Vulture Awareness Day: 5 September 2009

Egyptian VultureThey certainly won’t win any beauty pageants, but vultures play a critical role in the ecosystems they inhabit. September 5th is International Vulture Awareness Day. Below is some more information:

Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.

The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Working Group in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event. It is now recognised that a co-ordinated international day will publicise the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by the world’s vulture conservationists.

On September 5th 2009, the aim is for each participating organisation to carry out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness. This website, established in July 2009, provides a central place for all participants to outline these activities and see the extent of vulture conservation across the world. [more here]

You can find a list of organisations that are hosting Vulture Day events on the official website here. There are also some cracking vulture images here. Enjoy.

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