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Birding – an olympic sport

April 1, marking the International Day of birds in Sochi for the first time, the birding competition took place “Protected spring – 2016”. The organizers of the competition were the natural ornithological park in the Imereti lowland, and Partnership “Birds and People”. The natural ornithological park is

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Birders gathered in Smolensk Lakeland

On April 9 birders gathered again in Smolensk Lakeland. Birding competition “Lakeland Cup 2016” took place at the ecological center “Baklanovo”. This is a relatively new hobby in Russia caused a stir that few could have predicted. 19 teams came for the competition from Smolensk and Tver

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Young researchers in Smolensk Lakeland

During the Christmas holidays the ecological school “Life of the winter forest” was organized in the ecological center “Baklanovo,” National Park “Smolensk Lakeland”. In addition to the National Park, organization of the ecological school traditionally was attended by Non-Profit Partnership “Birds and people.” Despite the cold, guys

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Salt and shorebirds, Salinas de San Pedro, Spain

Salt mountain

More than a half of the species of shorebirds (called because they forage in the mud) , make a long migratory flights of thousands of kilometers each year. To do this they have an efficient inbuilt “GPS” allowing them to return to their wintering or breeding area. During

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“It´s SO good to be good”, Salinas de San Pedro, Spain

The salt flats of  the regional park landscapes have been the setting for many movies. The Municipal Palace of Baron Benifayó Museum allows us to capture much of the essence of San Pedro del Pinatar by scenes that have appeared on the big screen.  The beauty of the

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Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative to work more closely with MBP

At the recent AEWA MOP6, the Wadden Sea Flyway Initiative (WSFI) held a one-day workshop Strengthening cooperation and World Heritage sites along the East Atlantic Flyway in Africa, to which we were invited. At the event, it was agreed that WSFI would find it useful to work

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AEWA MOP6

Informal MBP West Africa meet

The African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) held its sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) in Bonn, Germany, from the 9th to the 14th November, bringing together contracting parties to the treaty, as well as other NGOs and observers.  The Migratory Birds for People network (MBP, the East Atlantic version

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The problems and prospects of wetland centers

  From 28 to 29 September for the second time a scientific and practical seminar on Wetlands “Environmental awareness on wetlands: forms and methods” took place at the Center for Environmental Education “Baklanovo,”of the national park “Smolensk Lakeland”.  At this time the participants of the event were

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MBP Newsflash

Urdaibai Bird Center displays

MBP is working with Eurosite to hold the next annual MBP meeting with support from the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Region programme.  Please click on the newsflash or visit the MBP page for more information.  The meeting will be held at the Urdaibai Bird Center, in the Basque Country, northern

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First US wetland centre visits Russia

US-Russia exchange colleauges

  As part of the US – Russia wetland centre exchange programme, funded through US Peer to Peer initiative, our first exchange of staff took place from 19 to 25 April 2015.  Two American colleagues from The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor (New Jersey) visited the national Park “Smolensk

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