Immediate action prevents possible wind turbine collision for Cinereous Vulture in SpainJuly 23, 2019
Under the outcome Action Plan for Threatened Birds in the Mediterranean, the Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (Vulture MsAP) co-developed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) and BirdLife International, and endorsed by the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS), is a tool to tackle the threat to vultures posed by energy infrastructure, particularly electrocution and collisions. Collision with energy infrastructure occurs when vultures are unable to distinguish the power line or wind turbine against the background of the natural vegetation as they fly near them.
Recently, VCF reported a great example of international collaboration and fast and effective action by regional authorities in Spain and a wind farm operator who rapidly temporarily turned off its wind turbines. This allowed to save an endangered Cinereous vulture who was flying in the area from a possible collision. Our partner had been tracking the bird with GPS-loggers to monitor its movements closely. By spotting that the bird was regularly flying over a wind farm in Spain, they were able to request prompt reaction from the wind farm operator, together with the authorities and partners who were monitoring the situation on the ground.
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