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Mission

To identify and provide practical, theoretical, institutional and legal alternatives for long-term solutions in the protection and enhancement of bird community and their critical habitats, biodiversity, nature and environment in Albania and to work closely with all the stakeholders for the sustainable use of natural resources.

Our Objectives

In order to achieve this mission, AOS has the following objectives

To prevent the extinction of bird species and to improve their conservation status in Albania
To preserve and enhance bird habitats, bird ecosystems and Important Bird Areas in the country
To support the interested parties and contributing to the improvement of the quality of life through sustainable use of natural resources.

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Wildlife conservation at a young age
On July 23 and 24, 2020, for the second consecutive year, AOS organized and conducted the monitoring of power lines in the Drinos Valley. This time joined by twelve members from the Conservation Youth Club of Gjirokastra (CYC) and their professor, Dr. Gentian Hyka, under the guidance of four of our experts.
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Three other nests of the European Roller confirmed in Albania
Once an abundant species, now they are facing a rapid population decline, especially in Europe. Meanwhile in Albania, prior to two years ago, when a team from AOS discovered the first nest, no one had detected any individual or signs that could confirm their presence. The sighting of the aforementioned nest prompted an intense research that, recently, led our team to discover three new nests in three distinct but relatively close locations.
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A specimen of Griffon Vulture in Divjaka Rehabilitation Center
During the first weekend of June (midnight of June 6th, 2020), AOS field-ornithologists were contacted by members of CZIP (BirdLife Montenegro) and DOPS (BirdLife Slovenia) about a tagged specimen of Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) with a satellite transmitter indicating that it was located in Shkodra. This specimen of Griffon Vulture, born in 2019, in Cres Island (Croatia), is a male named Mokoš.
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“Flight for Survival” is a BirdLife International campaign managed by Stichting BirdLife Europe to raise awareness about the illegal killing of birds. Do you want to learn more for the #FLightForSurvival campaign in Albania? Stay with AOS!
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Results from the monitoring of breeding waterbirds in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park
Throughout 2020 the team of AOS field-ornithologists has been engaged in monitoring breeding birds in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park and in implementing appropriate conservation measures for specific waterbird species in order to provide a safe and suitable habitat during the breeding season.
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Volunteering with Benefits – AOS Volunteer, Ildiko
When you volunteer, whether it’s to give of your time, talents, or materials, you walk on with your life journey as a different person. I have been volunteering since high school in different parts of the Balkan region; mostly in humanitarian projects focusing on teaching children and teens.
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Bird ringing weekend in Orikum Ornithological Station
In this season, the reedbeds of Orikum (Vlorë) are visited by hundreds of small migratory birds, and as always, their movements and origin arouse the curiosity of the AOS team. Therefore, we decided to dedicate the last weekend of April (25-26) to conducting a bird ringing weekend in Orikum Ornithological Station, a weekend which also served as a training activity for the AOS team members.
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Results from the gap analysis report on the Albanian legislation and publicly available information regarding the agricultural chemicals
Following the working meeting that took place in both North Macedonia and Albania, focused on pesticides and VMP legislation analysis in the frame of action A1 of the LIFE project “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE”, the Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) conducted a gap analysis on the legislation and also on the publicly available information regarding the use, import, storage, and treatment of plant protection products (PPPs).
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The establishment of the first Bird Rehabilitation Center in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park
The construction of the Bird Rehabilitation Center has been demanded earlier by the Regional Administration of Protected Areas Fier (RAPA Fier). Depending on this necessity and the open call of UNDP, Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) and Erald Bejko (legal person) initiated in conceptualizing the Bird Rehabilitation Center and its components of the structure based on the functionality and services that the center will be capable to cover.
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The rehabilitation of pelican’s nesting beds – DONE ✔
Subsequently, during the last week of December and after consecutive visits, AOS team began the rehabilitation of the nesting beds of Dalmatian Pelican, the flagship species of the National Park and Divjaka Municipality.
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Moed Gerveni

“Last Song for Migrating Birds” an article published at National Geographic was the inspiration for our volunteer Moed Gerveni

Around early November 2019, we loaded up the car and headed toward Tale, Lezhe, the site of an ongoing investigation into the arrival of Moustached Warbler in collaboration with AOS’s Hungarian partners, the very same project I had seen on YouTube a year ago! However, it was not the birds that impressed me the most, but the level of effort displayed by AOS to fund such project. Here I was, living with three people I did not know two days ago, hanging out on the beach for 14+ hours a day, talking, joking, listening to music, singing traditional music, and trading stories. I felt like I had known Erald, Klea, and Admir for a lifetime. Most importantly to me, we were Albanians doing much-needed science in our own country. In my head, we made Albania a better place that week.

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 Since July 2019, after the consecutive lobbying and efforts of Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) – the use of poison baits for the disposal of wild fauna species is incorporated as an amendment in the section of prohibited actions on the Law No. 46/2019, dated 8/7/2019 “On some amendments and changes of the Law No. 10 006, dated 23/10/2008 “On the protection of fauna” as amended”…

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Mobile: +355 69 20 60 817

E-mail: aos@aos-alb.org

Address: Ymer Kurti Street, Olympia Center, 2nd Floor, Entry 24, Tirana, Albania

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