Doğa Derneği (Turkish Birdlife partner and IUCN Member) plays an important role in monitoring the globally endangered Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) in Ankara.
The project documents the breeding success of the species around the Beypazarı district in Turkey, an area 100 km away from Ankara. The Kirmir Valley in Beypazarı, where the majority of the forages are found, is a Key Biodiversity Area which has been known to hold an important portion of the Turkish population of Egyptian Vultures. However, an extensive survey has never been carried out to have a reliable estimate of its population.
Through the breeding season of 2011, the Doğa Derneği team conducted field surveys from April to August. The team found 37 Egyptian Vulture territories in a 500 km2 area. By the end of August, 26 pairs bred successfully and raised 32 fledglings.
Doğa Derneği will continue to monitor the Egyptian Vulture population in the Kirmir valley and invites birdwatchers to visit the Beypazarı Nature House, which serves as visitor centre and guesthouse.