An interesting project by LIFE Rupis, which aims to strengthen the populations of the Egyptian vulture and the Bonelli´s eagle, recently saw some of the Vulture Conservation Foundation team doing field work in the cross-border Douro region of Spain and Portugal. The goal was to try and reduce the mortality rate of these birds and increase their breeding success. The Egyptian vulture is the smallest vulture in Europe, and is classified as endangered.  In Europe its populations have declined by 50% during the last 40 years. The Douro canyon includes one of its strongholds in Iberia with the presence of 135 breeding pairs, according to the baseline study done in the beginning of the project. Click here to read the full report on the project. – 4Vultures