Revealed as a part of the LIFE Vultures undertaking, the colorful publication provides children an interesting perception into the feathered denizens of the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space.
Reaching out to youthful generations and galvanizing them to study extra concerning the wild nature round them is a crucial a part of rewilding. Now flying off the cabinets in Bulgaria, a brand new e book entitled “The Secret Helpers” is giving children an interesting perception into the vultures residing in southern Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains rewilding space.
Principally aimed toward youthful readers (college students in grades four to 7), the brand new publication can be appropriate for youngsters and adults who wish to study extra about this lovely space and its majestic feathered inhabitants. The top of the e book accommodates drawings, illustrations and video games the place all the knowledge discovered over the earlier pages could be put to the check.
The e book shall be distributed freed from cost throughout occasion openings, lectures and different particular events, whereas guests to the Vulture Data Centre in Madzharovo also can choose up a free paper copy. The e book can be out there on-line (in Bulgarian solely) here.
Dr. Peter Yankov, the creator of the e book, is without doubt one of the founders of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), Rewilding Europe’s associate within the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space and the Rewilding Rhodopes Basis board member. One of many first to work on the conservation of vultures in Bulgaria, Yankov lived for a few years in Krumovgrad (a city within the rewilding space), writing a pioneering work on the Egyptian vultures of the Rhodopes on the finish of the 1970s. The e book’s vibrant illustrations are by Vanya Angelova, who can be a BSPB group member.
“Secret Helpers” brings Bulgarian youngsters nearer to the quartet of vultures which frequent the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria – the bearded, the black, the griffon and the Egyptian vulture. They will learn entertaining tales and study enjoyable information about vulture biology, behaviour and traits, together with the birds’ most popular nesting locations and weight loss plan, and about tips on how to distinguish between totally different species. They will additionally learn concerning the very important but typically ignored position which vultures play as scavengers, and about why it’s turning into more and more troublesome for “nature’s cleaners” to seek out meals within the wild.
Along with vultures, the e book additionally presents info on the anti-poison dog team hooked up to the Rhodope Mountains rewilding group. Niki Terziev and his four-legged associate Bars assist detect and take away poisoned bait from the wild, making certain the vultures of the Jap Rhodopes can proceed their important comeback.
Final however not least, the brand new e book additionally supplies nature lovers with details about the realm’s numerous rewilding-related campaigns and initiatives, so that everyone can turn out to be concerned in defending the valuable vultures of the Rhodope Mountains.
This e book has been revealed throughout the framework of the LIFE Vultures project entitled “Conservation of black and griffon vultures within the Rhodope Mountains”. Beginning in 2016, this five-year undertaking was developed by Rewilding Europe, in collaboration with the Rewilding Rhodopes Foundation, the BSPB and a variety of different companions. Specializing in the Rhodope Mountains rewilding space in Bulgaria, in addition to a piece of the Rhodope Mountains in northern Greece, its intention is to help the restoration and additional enlargement of the black and griffon vulture populations on this a part of the Balkans, primarily by enhancing pure prey availability, and by decreasing mortality by means of elements similar to poisoning, poaching and collisions with energy traces.
Residence to 3 totally different breeding species, the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria and Greece are a crucial space for the restoration of European vultures. The Rhodope Mountains rewilding space is the one breeding web site of Bulgaria’s indigenous griffon vulture inhabitants, whereas the realm can be dwelling to the most important inhabitants of the globally threatened Egyptian vulture on the Balkan peninsula.