BirdID, abbreviation of “Bird Identification”, is a course and website for the identification of Western Palearctic birds. BirdID is developed by Nord University and local partners in more than eight different countries. It is one of the best Bird Identification courses in the world. Students who follow this course and successfully pass the online exam for images and sounds of birds receive a certificate issued by Nord University.
The BirdID training course in Albania has been implemented since the beginning in 2018 by the Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) which is the national coordinator of the program.
The European Breeding Bird Atlas – EBBA2 is an exciting new challenge for European ornithology providing vital data for conservation. It is one of the most ambitious biodiversity mapping project ever attempted. The new Atlas documents changes in breeding distribution of all European bird species. EBBA2 covered 5 years of fieldwork in more than 50 European countries, including the European part of Russia, Caucasus and Turkey, between 2013 and 2017. AOS is the National Atlas coordinator for compiling, and providing the data in Albania.
EURING is the coordinating organization for European bird ringing schemes. It aims to promote and encourage:
• Scientific and administrative co-operation between national ringing schemes
• Development and maintenance of high standards in bird ringing
• Scientific studies of birds, in particular those based on marked individuals
• The use of data from bird ringing for the management and conservation of birds
AOS is part of Euring since 2019 under the name Albanian Bird Ringing Scheme and is the only organization in the country who is in charge to ring birds.
The IWC is a monitoring programme operating in more than 144 countries to collect information on the numbers of waterbirds at wetland sites. It has been organized since 1967 by the Wetlands International, once known as the International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB). Today the census operates globally and the coordination at the continental level is carried out by the relevant offices of Wetlands International.
Albania joined this monitoring programme in 1993, and since then it has been undertaken almost every year turning into the longest-running wildlife monitoring programme in the country coordinated by AOS.
The Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands (MAW) is a partnership of environmental NGOs and research organizations that aims to strengthen the role of civil society in the protection of wetlands in the Mediterranean. MAW aims on raising the profile of wetlands in society in general and in particular, in national, regional and international policy through supporting policymakers, managers and other civil society members to develop climate-resilient, inclusive solutions. AOS is member of the Mediterranean Alliance for Wetlands (MAW) since January 2020.