Vultures were listed as critically endangered species by IUCN. In the 1980s, the vulture population in the country was estimated about in crores but by 2007, a 99 percent declined was reported in the number of these three species.
There is some good news about the vulture population in the state. In the egg-laying season for vultures in April,the authorities have already sighted 19 eggs of White-backed Vultures and estimated a population of around 100 vultures in the Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.
September 5 will be celebrated as International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD-09) worldwide. Several NGOs,including some based here plan to celebrate the event by creating awareness about vulture conservation in the region.