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The vulture that stopped the turbines


Cinereous Vulture Carrascalinho has been flying in the face of danger for the past few weeks – literally. We tracked the movements of the young bird through its transmitter and noticed he has been flying near wind turbines. Vultures often collide with turbines, which can cause severe injury or death. Thanks to the GPS technology, and the help of our colleagues and the wind turbine company, we were able to act fast and prevent any accidents!

Dangerously close to the turbines

Carrascalinho has been giving us quite a scare over the past few weeks after he returned to an open area full of wind turbines in Galicia. Although most of the time, the bird flew 200 m above ground level, some turbines were hazardous. Several of which, he passed within 100m of when leaving his favoured ground site, at a height above ground level of only 110m - within collision risk height. Landing and taking off near the turbines were, of course, very dangerous. When we realised this, we quickly contacted our colleagues to ask for their help, and they took immediate action!  Together, we managed to track the bird’s movements, check what was attracting him to the area and shut down the turbines temporarily!

Stop the turbines

When VCF colleagues alerted them to what they'd seen in Carrascalinho's GPS data, the SPEA team contacted a colleague from Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO), who then contacted the authorities in Galicia. Once alerted, the Department of the Environment of the Xunta de Galicia and the Ministry of Industry quickly requested the wind farm to shut down the turbines. Thankfully, the company turned off the turbines temporarily to prevent collisions with the vulture.

What next?

In order to reduce the risk of collision, we will continue to closely monitor the tracking data and the situation in the field, together with our partners, so that the turbines can be stopped when necessary. This is a complex and dynamic situation, but with continued collaboration and the positive cooperation of the wind farm operator, we will continue to work to reduce the risks for Carrascalinho and other vultures in the area.



> Read the whole story on VCF's website

Photo: João Tomás.








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