Over 150 non-governmental conservation organizations and zoos from many countries all over the world celebrated the International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) on September 6, 2014. The event was held for the fifth consecutive year and aimed to attract attention of the wider international community to the problems and the preservation of some of the most endangered birds in the world - vultures.
In Bulgaria within the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron” the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) organized a series of presentations in different cities of the country, dedicated to the alarming status of the vultures, especially for one of the most threatened birds in the country - the Egyptian Vulture. The topics were related to research activities on this group of birds, the threats and the conservation activities.
In Madzharovo - "The City of Vultures", volunteers-animators welcomed visitors in the Nature Conservation Center of BSPB – “Eastern Rhodopes”, demonstrating the new exhibition hall, dedicated to the biodiversity of the Eastern Rhodopes and the wonderful vulture’s world. Members of the project team visited the schools in Madzharovo and Kardzhali, where they told the students fascinating stories about vultures.
A presentation about the Egyptian vulture became part of the conservation brigade "Atanasovsko Lake 2014", organized by the LIFE+ project "The Salt of Life", gathered over 70 volunteers.
In Ruse the LIFE+ project visited the International Symposium of Contemporary Art "Lomea 2014" at the invitation of the Department of Rusenski Lom Nature Park.
In September in Provadia Municipality was placed an informational board about the Egyptian vulture, expressing the pride of the local communities that their city is still a home for one of the most remarkable and rare birds in Bulgaria.
As a result of the close cooperation between BSPB and Rousse Regional Museum of History models of Egyptian vultures were made for one of the new exhibition of the museum, as well as an information board about the species was placed.