Our Work

The Foundation Pro Bartgeier

The return of the Bearded Vulture in the Alps is the aim of our work! Therefore, the Foundation Pro Bartgeier (Bearded Vulture) advocates,

  • that the conditions for a viable Bearded Vulture population are met in the Alps,
  • that Bearded Vultures are reintroduced in sufficient numbers and with the necessary genetic variability,
  • that the resettlement will be carefully monitored and scientifically well-founded, to continuously assess the population dynamics and potential risks,
  • that an optimum protection of sensitive species is ensured and
  • that the general public is informed and a wide acceptance of this species is created.

The Foundation Pro Bartgeier was founded in 1999 as a charitable foundation headquartered in Zernez. She walked out of the company out of reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture GWB which had been called by individuals with an interest in the reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture in 1989 to life. The Foundation Pro Bearded Vulture is the only federally legitimised organisation for reintroductions of Bearded Vultures in Switzerland.

Bearded Vultures roam extensively and live at a low population density. Due to this, the species relies on conservation efforts being well coordinated internationally. The Foundation Pro Bartgeier works closely together with various partners from the neighbouring Alpine countries. Central to this is the collaboration with the Vulture Conservation Foundation, which campaigns for vulture protection at the European level.

To achieve these goals, the Foundation takes all necessary measures and also works at national and regional level with numerous organizations. They also support activities of other institutions or individuals that serve the purposes of the foundation.

The objectives of the Foundation are achieved through the following tasks:

  • Rewilding of Bearded Vultures from the breeding programme
  • Implementation of rewilding of fledglings
  • Careful monitoring during the rewilding period and comprehensive monitoring of the stock (satellite telemetry, monitoring natural breeds, Bearded Vulture Counting Days, monitoring using population genetics techniques, etc.)
  • Theme-specific conservation efforts (to protect against interference, preventing lead poisoning, etc.)
  • Active public relations and communications work
  • Project management, international coordination, administration

This is financed through donations and in kind from private persons, non-profit organizations pursuing similar goals, federal government, cantons and municipalities. (siehe Donate

Organe der Stiftung

Trustees

  • Anna Baumann
    Anna Baumann
    President, Director Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Robin
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Robin
    Vice-President, formerly of Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
  • Dr. Georg Brosi
    Dr. Georg Brosi
    Hunting and Fishing Inspector, Canton Grisons
  • Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Executive Pro Bearded Vulture
  • Stefan Inderbitzin
    Stefan Inderbitzin
    WWF Switzerland, Communication
  • Hans Schmid
    Hans Schmid
    Swiss Ornithological Institute, Head of Department, monitoring birdlife
  • Dr. Reinhard Schnidrig
    Dr. Reinhard Schnidrig
    FOEN, Head of Section Wildlife and Forest Biodiversity

Office

  • Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Executive Pro Bearded Vulture
  • Franziska Lörcher
    Franziska Lörcher
    Project staff

Responsible for Monitoring

  • François Biollaz
    François Biollaz
    Regional Coordinator, Western Switzerland
  •  Dr. David Jenny
    Dr. David Jenny
    Regional Coordinator, Graubünden
  • Mike Schaad
    Mike Schaad
    Regional Coordinator, Bernese Oberland

Monitoringverantwortliche

  • Franziska Lörcher
    Franziska Lörcher
    Regionalkoordinatorin Zentral- und Ostschweiz

Commission

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Robin
    Prof. Dr. Klaus Robin
    Leader of Commision, formerly Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
  • Prof. Dr. Raphaël Arlettaz
    Prof. Dr. Raphaël Arlettaz
    Head of Conservation Biology, University of Bern
  • Dr. Britta Allgöwer
    Dr. Britta Allgöwer
    Director Nature Museum Luzern
  • Ruedi Haller
    Ruedi Haller
    Head of Research and Geoinformation, Swiss National Park
  • Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Dr. Daniel Hegglin
    Satellitentelemetrie
  • Dr. David Jenny
    Dr. David Jenny
    Researcher, Ornithological Institute
  • Franziska Lörcher
    Franziska Lörcher
    Populationsgenetikerin
  • Thomas Packlatko
    Thomas Packlatko
    Director, Verein Wildtier, Switzerland

Patronatskomitee

Patronatskomitee Obwalden
Patronatskomitee Obwalden
Von links nach rechts, hintere Reihe: Walter Röthlin, Thomas Keiser, Josef Blättler, Franziska Lörcher, Peter Lienert; vordere Reihe: André Windlin, Jürg Paul Müller, Anna Baumann, Niklaus Ettlin ,Hans Spichtig, Franz Röthlin, Florian Spichtig, Daniel Hegglin; nicht auf dem Bild: Paul Federer, Walter Ettlin, Thomas Gasser, Beat von Deschwanden