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September 15, 2014
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Source International Vulture Awareness Day

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 Programme 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 the first Saturday in September, 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

Additionally this webpage is a valuable resource for vulture workers to learn about the activities of their colleagues and to perhaps develop new collaborations or exchange information.

But you don’t have to be a zoo, bird park or conservation organisation to become involved. Our Awareness Day WikiSpace, with space for participation as well as important resources is open to everyone. Take a look at how you can become involved.

Organisations participating in 2014

Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation Lab,Lucknow, India
(AWARE) Association for Water, Applied Education & Renewable Energy, Pakistan
Accipiter Enterprises, Educational Birds of Prey, United States
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, South Africa
Albuquerque BioPark, United States
Alula Falconry, United Kingdom
Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, United Kingdom
Animal Rescue Org, India
Arulagam, India
Asociation Trenca, Spain
Association “Les Amis des Oiseaux” (AAO) – BirdLife in Tunisia, Tunisia
Asters, Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Haute-Savoie, France
Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division/ Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail/ Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, United States
Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, United States
Awe Pono, United States
Bhaktapur Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
BIOPARC de Doué la Fontaine, France
Bird Conservation Nepal, Nepal
Birdlife Polokwane, South Africa
BirdLife Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Birds of Prey Programme, Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa
Birds of Prey Protection Foundation Belgrade, Serbia
Birds of Pune, India
Birmingham Zoo, United States
Bombay Natural History Society, India
Brookgreen Gardens, United States
Buttonwood Park Zoo, United States
Caldwell Zoo, United States
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, United States
Cape Vultures Environmetal Association, Botswana
Carolina Raptor Center, United States
Carvalho’s Friends of a Feather, Inc., United States
Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, Spain
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, United States, France
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, United States
CMS Raptors MoU, United Arab Emirates
Colectivo Azálvaro, Spain
Dhandatopa Forest Range & NEWS (Odisha), India
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, United States
Eagle Encounters, South Africa
Eagle Heights Wildlife Park, United Kingdom
Eskom/Endangered Wildlife Trust Strategic partnership, South Africa
Falcon Temporis Fauconnerie, France
Faruk Yalçın Zoo, Turkey
Faszination Geier, Germany
Fondo para el Refugio de las Hoces del Riaza, Spain
Forest Department, Lalitpur, India
Friends of Blouberg, South Africa
Fuerteventura Oasis Park, Spain
Gauntlet birds of prey eagle and vulture park, United Kingdom
Geierschutzinitiative GESI, Germany
Graham Bessant, United Kingdom
Grand Parc du Puy du Fou – Académie de Fauconnerie, France
Green Guard Nature Organization, India
GREPOM BirdLife Morocco, Morocco
Grifon – Birds of Prey Conservation Centre, Croatia
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, United States
Hamerton Zoo Park, United Kingdom
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, United States
Himalayan Nature, Nepal
International Anti-Poaching Foundation/Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe
International Union for Conservation of Nature, Bangladesh
Jharkhand Biodiversity Board, India
Jivdaya cheritable trust, India
Khandesh Nature Conservation Society, India
Knowsley Safari, United Kingdom
Lehigh Valley Zoo, United States
Little Rock Zoo, United States
LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux), France
Masters Of The Skies, United States
McGregor Museum, South Africa
Meadowside Nature Center, United States
Montecasino Bird Gardens, South Africa
NARREC, Namibia
National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, South Africa
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Switzerland
Nature Environment & Wildlife Society , Odisha, India
Nature Kenya, Kenya
NatureUganda, Uganda
Neo Human Foundation, India
North Carolina Zoological Park, United States
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
OASYS (MiniHollywood), Spain
Oregon Coast Aquarium, United States
Oregon Zoo, United States
Ornithological Society “Naše ptice”, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Palmitos Park, Spain
Parco Natura Viva, Italy
Parque Biológico de Gaia, Portugal
Parque Ornitológico de Lourosa, Portugal
Parque Zoológico de Lagos, Portugal
Parque Zoologico Municipal de Córdoba, Spain
Peace Valley Nature Center, United States
Pembrokeshire Falconry, United Kingdom
Pradhikar, Bangladesh
PRADHIKAR(প্রাধিকার), Bangladesh
Pretoria Centre for Cerebral Palsy, South Africa
ProBartgeier, Switzerland
QUERCUS A.N.C.N.- Associação Nacional de Proteção da Natureza, Portugal
Raptor Education Foundation, United States
Raptors Are The Solution, United States
Regional Government of Extremadura, Spain
Riserva naturale del Lago di Cornino, Italy
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, United Kingdom
SAVE / RSPB, India
Save vulture community, India
Science Association, Shardanagar; Tal. Baramati; Dist. Pune, India
Selwo Aventura, Spain
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, United States
Society for Conservation of Nature, India
Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture, Canada
Sulphur Creek Nature Center, United States
Swastishree, India
Tallahassee Museum, United States
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, United States
Terra Natura Benidorm, Spain
The Center for Birds of Prey, United States
The Corbett Foundation, India
The Parahawking Project, Nepal
The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, United States
The Wildlife Center of Virginia, United States
The Wildlife Welfare Society, Pakistan
Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, United States
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
Toronto Zoo, Canada
Tracy Aviary, United States
Travis Audubon, United States
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, United States
Tunisia Wildlife Conservation Society (TWCS), Tunisia
UIZA-Italian Association of Zoos and Acquaria, Italy
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
University of Lucknow, India
UP State Biodiversity Board, India
Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ), Zimbabwe
Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), Switzerland
Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) – Acción por el mundo salvaje (AMUS), Spain
Vultures namibia, Namibia
Vultures Return in Bulgaria Project, Bulgaria
WildCare, United States
Wildlife ACT (Hluhluwe), South Africa
Woodland Park Zoo, United States
World Bird Sanctuary, United States
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, Spain
Zoo de La Barben, France
Zoo Miami, United States
Zoo Outreach Organization, India
Zoo Praha / Prague Zoo, Czech Republic
Zoo Zlin, Czech Republic
Zoobotánico de Jerez, Spain
Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom

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to the vulture a
terrible fate has
been assigned.
this magnificent bird
misunderstood and
this carrion eater
has a huge job
to do,
cleaning up after
all the mes and the
but man has the most
ignoble distinction
of almost poisoning
this great bird
into extinction.
in this”master plan”
he has allowed disease
to flourish and spread.
when vultures could
be tidying up this
soup instead.
so please everybody
before it is too late,
stand up for these
beautiful birds…
and advocate!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

6 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 15, 2014 10:05 am


    to the vulture a
    terrible fate has
    been assigned.
    this magnificent bird
    misunderstood and
    this carrion eater
    has a huge job
    to do,
    cleaning up after
    all the mes and the
    but man has the most
    ignoble distinction
    of almost poisoning
    this great bird
    into extinction.
    in this”master plan”
    he has allowed disease
    to flourish and spread.
    when vultures could
    be tidying up this
    soup instead.
    so please everybody
    before it is too late,
    stand up for these
    beautiful birds…
    and advocate!

    Liked by 3 people

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      September 15, 2014 10:05 am

      sorry too much popped up when i cut and pasted

      Liked by 2 people

    • September 15, 2014 12:37 pm

      Wonderful! Thank you so much, hon, I love them both. The poem is really special.

      Liked by 2 people

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        September 15, 2014 1:01 pm

        thank you so much stacey, for your kind words and beautiful heart


  2. The Chaos Realm permalink
    September 16, 2014 7:58 am

    I love vultures…

    Liked by 1 person

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