Belarus will join the European birdwatching days EuroBirdwatch17 on the weekend of 30 September and 1 October.
Let’s go watch the birds!
Millions of birds are now leaving Europe and heading to warm countries for winter. Anyone can learn more about their migration and help count them.
The action in Belarus is supervised by the public organization APB-BirdLife Belarus.
What do I need to do?
Head into the wild on Saturday or Sunday (or on both days, if possible) and make notes about all birds you will meet.
Determine their species, count their number and report the information to the APB until 4 p.m. on Sunday, 1 October.
“Autumn birdwatching is an excellent occasion to spend time outside and feel part of a large community of like-minded people, bird and wildlife lovers from all over Europe,” coordinators of the program say.
“And remember: you can start watching birds at any time, regardless of knowledge and age!”
Where can I watch birds during EuroBirdwatch in 2017?
APB-BirdLife Belarus is suggesting several grounds and activities.
If you are in Minsk:
- 10:00-11:00 on 30 September – an excursion around Lositsky Park (registration required)
- 11:00-15:00 on 30 September – observation ground in Lositsky Park
- at 12:00 on 1 October – an excursion to the fish farm Volma (registration required)
- 11:00-15:00 on 1 October – observation ground near the Islands of Birds in Victory Park
- 11:00-15:00 on 1 October – observation ground near the Trinity suburb on Nemiga
Contact person: Karina +37529 264 87 66
If you are in Grodno:
- 14:00-16:00 on 30 September – observation ground near the monument to the Mermaid in Gilibert park of Zhiliber
Birdwatching sessions will also be organized in Borisov, Chausy, Gomel, Mozyr, Osipovichi, Sharkovshina, Shumilino, Slutsk and Svetlogorsk.
Check out the full list of birdwatching grounds here.
Where do I send my birdwatching notes?
Once you have it ready, you can:
- fill in an online form at ptushki.org
- send a message to APB’s facebook page
- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember the deadline – till 4 p.m. on Sunday, 1 October.
Last year more than 2,000 people took part in the action in Belarus.
Together they saw almost 39,633 birds of 133 species!
EuroBirdwatch, which takes place every year in autumn, is the biggest event of the European and Central Asian BirdLife Partners and a very important occasion for the general public and birdwatchers alike to observe bird migration and raise awareness for this special natural phenomenon.
Preview photo: Ruslan Avdevich