Millions of migrating birds will leave Europe in these weeks flying to their wintering places in Africa. BirdLife International invites people in Europe to take the opportunity on 4/5 October 2014 to discover the fascinating world of bird migration.
This year, the national partners of BirdLife International of 37 countries in Europe and Central Asia invite people to observe the birds and hear interesting facts about bird migration and threats they face during their journeys. People will find observation and information posts where everyone can share the knowledge on migratory birds and their flyways. In Europe some hundreds of activities are planned.
The majority of the migrating birds are in danger because of land use and climatic changes in their breeding and wintering areas and on the crucial stopovers. Therefore BirdLife Partnership is pleased by the rising number of people fascinated by bird migration. Only joint action of many people and nations can halt the adverse trend.
For the migrating bird species the existence of suitable breeding areas in the north, saving stopovers on the flyway and appropriate habitats in the wintering regions are vitally important. The aim of EuroBirdwatch14 is to raise awareness for the beauty of bird migration and the needs of the migratory birds on the breeding areas, the flyways and in the wintering areas in the Mediterranean and in Africa.
The European Birdwatch is an annual event comprising hundreds of nationally organised activities. On these observation posts the number of birds and participating people are counted and reported via the national centres to the European centre. Last year around 65,000 people took part in 34 countries and more then 4 million birds were observed on this single weekend. In 2014 the event is coordinated by Natur&ëmwelt (BirdLife partner in Luxembourg), which is acting as the European Centre to process these data.
For further information on European Birdwatch please visit: www.eurobirdwatch.eu
The Armenian Society for the Protection of the Birds calls for all interested individuals to participate in the EuroBirdWatch 2014 and to involve as many participants as possible.
Looking forward to your response,
Armenian Society for the Protection of the Birds