Eurobirdwatch 2021 in Albania

As every year, in 2-3 of October 2021, birdlife and his partners in Europe organized Eurobirdwatch, one of the biggest events in raising awareness for the protection of wild birds and their critical habitats. Eurobirdwatch 2021 gathered 35 organizations, more than 25 000 participants including researchers, member of the organizations and numerous friends of birds, nature and environment.

Eurobirdwatch 2021 exceeded the number of 7 million individuals of birds counted in a single weekend, a figure reached for the second time since the beginning f the eurobirdwatch initiative.

In Albania, this event was coordinated from AOS in collaboration with Regional Administration of Protected Areas of Fier and Vlore, The Junior Ranger group in Divjaka and the team of JICA Project in Divjaka.

During this day, we:

  • Organized 4 different events of environmental education, counting of migratory birds, bird ringing, bird photography etc.;
  • visited Important Bird Areas for bird migration, worth to mention Divjaka-Karavasta NP, Protected Landscape of Vjose-Narte, Orikumi lagoon and the monitoring point for bird migration of Karaburun Peninsula;
  •  gathered 25 people which were part of the counting and monitoring of wild bird in their habitats;
  • observed circa 90 bird species of birds from different families and were counted around 7500 individuals from which the more frequent were the Pied Avocets (Recuvirostra avosetta)   with 1248 individuals, Western Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla flava)  with 639 individuals and the Slender-billed Gulls (Chroicocephalus genei)  with 590 individuals:
  • ringed some of the common bird species of Orikumi lagoon.

Despite the sensational figures, AOS team was mostly impressed by the the flocks of migratory birds in the Akërnia plains, an area where the Albanian government wants to build an international airport.

Only in a few hours of surveys we observed hundreds individual of Calandra Larks (Melanocorypha calandra), Corn Buntings (Emberiza calandra), Western Black-eared Wheatears (Oenanthe hispanica), dozens of Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) and a lot of other birds. The above observations prove once again that the airport will be devastating for all the migratory birds and the biological diversity in the country.

Finally, cordial thanks to all the participants who helped in the successful development of eurobirdwatch 2021 in Albania!

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