“The goal of Euro Birdwatch is to raise awareness on bird migration by showing people its wonders and dangers and promote conservation actions needed to save migratory bird species and their habitats.”
More than 25,000 participants, more than 4.2 million birds – this is all about Euro Birdwatch 2015.
As you may already knew, on October 3rd and 4th people in Europe and Central Asia gather together to discover the fascinating world of bird migration. People were invited to observe the birds and hear interesting facts about bird migration and threats they face during their journeys.
This year the Euro Birdwatch 2015 included various events, as bird ringing, hiking and environmental education workshops, organized by BirdLife partners throughout Europe and Central Asia.
According to BirdLife International, Euro Birdwatch was first organised in 1993, and since then, more than 1.1 million people have participated in over 36,000 events to count more than 60 million birds as they fly south for the winter.
All gathered data is forwarded via the national centres (in Armenia - ASPB) to the European Centre (this year it was run by Vogelbescherming Nederland or BirdLife in the Netherlands).
As the previous years, Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds did not stand aside. We had 45 participants with 14,497 birds counted!
On October 3rd ASPB's members had a birdwatching trip to the wetlands of Khor Virap. Following their tradition, “Bicycle+” NGO members joined us again and discovered some new species they have never seen before. Second part of the birdwatching and birdcounting event was held in Noravank IBA, where on the day the Areni Annual Wine Festival took place.
On October 4th ASPB continued the Euro Birdwatch by following birds’ migration in Arpi and Sevan IBAs. Thanks to IBA Caretakers’ support, we managed to organize counting of birds flying through their main migratory routes across the Armenia.
ASPB wishes to thank our members, “Bicycle+” NGO and our IBA Caretakers for joining and supporting the Euro Birdwatch 2015 in Armenia.
Looking forward to achieving new results on Euro Birdwatch 2016!
Apropos, there will definitely be some surprises next year.
So, keep following us!