Armenian participants count thousands of migratory birds.
The past weekend, more than 64,000 adults and children observed the miracle of bird migration in 33 European and Central Asian countries. They were enthusiastically taking part in EuroBirdwatch12, BirdLife International’s invitation to observe and learn about the fascinating bird migration, as birds fly to their wintering places in the south.
BirdLife Partners across Europe and Central Asia participated organizing more than 2,500 events. And birds again amazed all bird admirers: visitors observed almost 6 million birds (!) of many different species crossing sky over their heads. EuroBirdwatch – BirdLife’s annual birdwatching event in Europe –always provides a great opportunity to raise awareness on bird migration and promotes needed actions to save threatened bird species and their habitats.
As every year, BirdLife Partners across the Europe and Central Asia prepared various events to attract people of all ages to enjoy birds and discover interesting new facts about bird migration. Bird observations were collected in each country and referred to the European Centre, coordinated by CSO/BirdLife Czechia.
ASPB, in its fifth year of participation in EuroBirdwatch, organized three events in Armenia. One was held in cooperation with the Acopian Center for Environment (ACE) and Mkhitar Sebastatsi eco-club which were engaged in bird watching excursions at Armash fish ponds; a second event was organized by the Aarhus Center at Yeghvard with an open discussion and seminar on ‘Barriers to Bird Migration’; and a third was held at Lake Sevan where observations of birds were run from the boat thanks to support of the Institute of Hydroecology and Ichthyology Armenian NAS.
Altogether at these events a total of 15,479 birds were counted by 64 participants. Among these, the most frequently viewed were the Common Coot (Fulica atra) with over 4,000 spotted birds, the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) with 3,500 birds counted by avid birdwatchers and the Armenian Gull (Larus armenicus) with 1,750. Some of the special observations include White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus) and Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug).
ASPB thanks all the participants for joining the EuroBirdwatch events in Armenia and making it another success! For more information on other results of European Birdwatch 2012 please visit: http://www.birdlife.cz/ebw2012.html