From 5 to 9 September 2016 in Halle (Saale) in the center of Germany the 20th conference of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), called Bird Numbers 2016 "Birds in a changing world", took place. Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds also had a chance to participate in the conference.
EBCC conferences are held every three years, bringing together people involved in bird monitoring, research and conservation across Europe and beyond.
This year, the agenda included topic related to the results of new monitoring programs, Atlas projects, studies on causes of population declines and the effects of policy programs on birds. Main focus was the development of ornithological "citizen science" projects, in which citizens support the science and the presentation of www.ornitho.de as the site that lists the numbers of birds in Germany.
Dr. Nigel Collar (BirdLife International, Cambridge) hold the opening lecture in the auditorium of Löwengebäude, talking about bird taxonomy, change and stability in the world list of bird species.
Then, each EBCC partner from different countries presented its recent activities and noteworthy findings.
Karen Aghababyan (Acopian Center for the Environment, American University of Armenia)
The 20th Conference provided a great chance to conduct the IWC 50 (International Waterbird Census) celebration as well. The latter was accompanied by the election of the representative of national IWC coordinators, with a selection of Danka Uzunova from Macedonia for this important position.
Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds would like to thank European Bird Census Council for the opportunity to participate in the 20th Conference.
For people and birds…