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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

International Vulture Awareness Day - 6 September 2014

Vultures play an important role in nature as they keep the planet clean, reduce the spread of disease and are environmental indicators of the health of ecosystems.

To celebrate their important role, September 6th has been designated International Vulture Awareness Day by the Birds of Prey Working Group in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England.
Not only do organisation sand groups help , but you as the general public can help to by keeping an eye out for tagged vultures and sending your reports to the Honorary officers who will then send the info to the correct  monitoring group.
The tagging data assists us with learning about the birds movements, foraging and distribution ranges,  eating preference, protected vsnon-protected land use, roosting sites, breeding  etc etc.    
Send your information to - research@hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za
What to look out for: Tags fixed to wings. If ypou can take a clear photo so the number can be read as well as the location, GPS or alternatively accurate description, time And date
Photo below is an example of tag: