Despite the Covid 19 pandemic, around 𝟮𝟰,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 showed up for the events hosted by #BirdLife International partners over the weekend of 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟯-𝟰, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 𝗮𝘁 #𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗕𝗶𝗿𝗱𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝟮𝟬.

In total, about 𝟲 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝗱𝘀 were observed; rushing towards the southern regions to arrive on time in their wintering grounds.

In Albania, this activity was organized and coordinated by #𝗔𝗢𝗦, as in the last 𝟱 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟱-𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬.

On a national level:

  • Seven special events were organized including migratory bird counting, environmental education, wildlife photography, etc.
  • Seven different areas were visited, including the Drino Valley (Gjirokastra-Dropull), Lake Skadar, Divjaka-Karavasta National
  • Park, Vjosa-Narta Protected Landscape, Orikum Lagoon, Thana Lake (Lushnje-Berat) etc.
  • It was represented by about 55 people who actively participated in the event.
  • It was supported by AOS, Gjirokastra Youth Conservation Club, Junior Rangers in Divjaka, Eco Friend Gjirokastra, Naturalists in Shkodra, wildlife photographers, and Regional Agencies for Protected Areas of Vlora, Fier, and Gjirokastra.
  • About 70 bird species and circa 7,100 birds were observed over the weekend.

The three most prevalent species were:

  1. 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗼 (𝘗𝘩𝘰𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘴) 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟭𝟲𝟴𝟱 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀,
  2. 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸-𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗚𝘂𝗹𝗹 (𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴) 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟭𝟯𝟱𝟮 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱
  3. 𝗗𝘂𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻 (𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘢) 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝟭𝟮𝟯𝟴 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝘂𝗮𝗹𝘀.

In addition to the large numbers of birds, the observers enjoyed the presence of flocks of the 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲-𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘄 (𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘶𝘴) 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘆, reconfirming the extraordinary importance of this corridor for migratory birds.
Lastly, we all enjoyed a not-so-typical weekend in some gorgeous landscapes, with passionate people and numerous bird species.

Our thanks go to all the participants and especially to our network of volunteers, to the talented photographers from Prizren and Shkodra as well as to the staff of the Regional Agencies for Protected Areas of Vlora, Fier, and Gjirokastra.

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