AOS was informed during the last evening, the 10th of April 2018, on the finding of a Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) injured due to collision.
On the absence of specialized centres for the rehabilitation of medical treatment of wild birds, AOS contacted the veterinary expert Kalem Ymeralaj who provided his prompt assistance. The bird of prey, diagnosed with dislocation in its right wing, was wrapped with bandage, cotton and flaster. In the mean time, the Buzzard, is treated with special care against potential infections. We will keep the bird as such until fully recovered and able to compete in the wild.
The bird was baptized as “Lucky” and it is currently sheltered in a dark, quiet and safe place, well aired and under continuous monitoring. We are grateful to Mikel for informing us in due time and for trusting to our mission.
Our gratitude goes also to our colleague and friend Kalem Ymeralaj for the medical assistance and his great contribution.
This extremely rare picture for Albania, has been sent to us from an AOS friend circa more than one month ago. At last, we decided to publish it despite the internal debates on the image considering that the following information is very important and it could not be neglected. This is the first ever published evidence in the last 25 years on the existence of the Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax) in Albania. The species has the size of a pheasant and it usually occurs in habitats with low grass plants, often in dry and salted lands. Males and females differ in their plumage. The global population of the Little Bustard is estimated at 100,000-499,000 individuals (BirdLife International, 2018. Species factsheet: Tetrax tetrax). The species is composed by two breeding widely separated populations, the eastern one concentrated in Russia and Kazakhstan, the western in Spain and Portugal. Despite its widespread distribution and its high number of individuals, the species is considered as Nearly Threatened (NT) due to the strong decline in many countries and particularly in Europe. In the Balkan Peninsula, the species is reported either extinct or in very strong decline. Its presence in Albania, reintroduces the country in the distribution map of the species, gives credits to the dry and salted lands, lowland dry terrains and agricultural plots with low vegetation as important habitats for this species and other ground nesting birds, raises the awareness for more ornithological surveys such understudied areas and demands stronger cooperation with farmers, hunters and other interested citizens.
White Storks (Ciconia ciconia), those birds rare in Albania but so close to mankind, are now back and ready to nest again. Both future parents have started building their nest, at the same place as one year or many years ago. In 2017, there were only 4-5 nests of White Storks in Albania, One nest was located at the top of a line tower while the rest in churches or worship places demonstrating thus that human disturbance is a limiting factor. This is in stark contrast with the 1950s’ when White Storks were in hundreds and very common in every urban area of the Western Lowland and in other wetland areas of Albania as Malik dhe Korça, Narta and Vlora, Tërbufi and Lushnja, Karavasta and Divjaka, Durrësi, Lezha, Velipoja etc. Their sharp reduction was first due to the disappearance of marshlands as suitable foraging habitats. This first reduction was amplified by the intensification of the agriculture, urbanization, industrial development, infrastructure and oil and gas extraction. Today they are threatened also from human disturbance, electrocution and collision with power lines. Could the number of White Storks increase again in Albania? Sure but only through measures of protection and management. PS. Anybody having information on White Storks in Albania, is welcomed to write us in our inbox! Thank you!
One conference, 2 presentations and 2 more contributions from AOS, many questions and congrats for the work undertaken, the strengthening of the capacities, the use of scientific data for nature conservation. The Adriatic Flyway 3 Conference, in Fruska Gora, Serbia, with representatives from the Balkan countries and international institutions, was closed yesterday. Many presentations stressed the importance of Albania for migratory birds, the need for further strengthening the capacities in the country, the positive cases of cooperation between the NGOs and state institutions and the urgency on the protection of birds and their critical habitats from degradation and loss. The latter seems to threaten today any natural area and particularly those in the coastal area.
Satelite telemetry enriches our knowledge on Birds in Albania – The migration of a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in Albania In accordance with the satellite telemetry data, kindly provided to AOS by our Czech colleague David Horal, a migrating individual of Red Kite has already crossed through Albania during 11-13th of March 2018. It is a juvenile female, born in Niederosterreich (Austria) in në vitin 2015 and tagged there as a chick with the GPS-GSM logger AUKI06. This Red Kite has wintered for a third consecutive year in Central and Western Greece and it is now taking its way back most likely towards Austria. This Red Kite has entered from Greece in Albania on the 11th of March 2018, via Vjosa valley, has followed the direction of Osumi river through Ҫorovoda, Poliçani, Berati, Elbasani and Tirana for passing the night in Krasta of Kruja. At this place, the Red Kite stayed two overnights and on the 13th of March it has left for north, crossing over Vau i Dejës and Hani i Hotit for reaching Montenegro. Milvus milvus is a very rare bird in Albania but quite frequent in Western Europe. The majority of the populations occur in between Southern Sweden, Western Europe and Iberian peninsula (Spain, Portugal). Northern populations are migratory and winter mostly in South-Western Europe. A few birds, mostly juveniles, cross the Strait of Gibraltar to winter in Africa. The red Kite is a very rare visitor in the Balkan Peninsula while in Albania has been observed even les frequently in winter and during migration period. Although rarely reported in Albania, it seems that the satellite telemetry could now support our efforts to improve the knowledge on the Birds of Albania. Stay with AOS for other interesting news!
The first nesting species are already back from their wintering areas as spring has fully started in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. The beach is full of passage visitors in the colors of White Wagtails (Motacilla alba), Little Ringed Plovers (Charadrius dubius), Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica), Hoopoes (Upupa epops) and hundreds of Grey Plovers (Pluvialis squattarola) and other waders. Those coastal habitats of the National Park remain crucial for hundreds of migrating species that follow the Adriatic Flyway. And many more others are coming back. Visit Divjaka-Karavasta National Park, visit Spiaxho and enjoy migration period! Protect the Park , protect Nature!
Social platforms “Merr Jep” and “Njoftme Falas” promote illegality through helping to sell protected and endangered species and by openly breaking the law. HOW DOES IT FUNCTION? The citizen from Elbasani or Kukwsi illegally traps a Vulture or an Eagle. He tries to sell it illegally through social networks. The social network accepts the posting and promotes illegality. THE MESSAGE If anybody wants to sell an Eagle or a Vulture, if anybody wants to sell protected and endangered species, the person who breaks the law is not only the one who commits the illegal trapping but also the other one that accepts the posting and helps to promote the illegality. Unfortunately, there are several platforms that do promote illegality. We ask them to delete and never accept the illegal postings. Those platforms should join every good citizen efforts to protect wildlife and nature. We firmly believe that the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the State Inspectorate for Environment and Forests should promptly react to STOP THE ILLEGALITY on fauna that is today promoted openly by the above social platforms.
The Garganeys (Spatula querquedula), these little and beautiful ducks, have arrived since a few days. They are coming tired from the northern African tropic to breed in Europe. Meanwhile some of us, proud Albanians, make everything possible to exterminate them. They hunt them illegally with play backs and particularly in Important Bird Areas. With play backs that call the ducks all night long to massacre them in dozens in the early morning. As in those authentic pictures below that one "compatriot" is posting those days in Italian social networks where he, proudly, shows the undeserved trophies of illegal killing. By publicly showing their crime, they are putting shame on all of us!
Shoqata Ornitologjike e Shqipërisë (AOS), qendra për Ruajtjen dhe Mbrojtjen e Mjedisit Natyror në Shqipëri (PPNEA) dhe Universiteti Norvegjez Nord hapin aplikimin për kursin e njohjes dhe përcaktimit në natyrë të Shpendëve të Shqipërisë.
Ky kurs zhvillohet në kuadër të programit të ndërtuar nga Universiteti Norvegjez Nord, në bashkëpunim me AOS dhe PPNEA, për formimin e të interesuarve në fushën e njohjes së biodiversitetit, përkatësisht për grupet e shpendëve dhe gjitarëve. Programi konsiston në realizimin e përvitshëm të praktikave në terren si dhe dhënien e njohurive teorike, të mbështetura në mënyrë të vazhdueshme nga faqja e internetit www.birdid.no e ndërtuar posaçërisht për këtë qëllim nga Universiteti Nord. Përveç faqes, Universiteti Nord ka zhvilluar dhe aplikacioni përkatës për celularët “smart” në mënyrë që të lehtësojë përdorimin sa më praktik të programit.
Qëllimi i kësaj thirrje është përzgjedhja e të interesuarve për kursin praktik për shpendët ndërsa qëllimi i kursit është formimi i personave të përzgjedhur në njohjen e shpendëve të egër në natyrë.
Afati i fundit i aplikimit: 15 mars 2018
Data e fillimit të kursit: 28 Mars 2018
Data e përfundimt të kursit: 31 Shtator 2018
Kohëzgjatja: 30 ditë. 3-5 ditë teorike do të zhvillohen duke filluar nga data 28 mars 2018, ndërsa ditët e praktikave në terren do të zhvillohen në fundjavë (të shtunën dhe të dielën) duke filluar nga data 31 mars deri në 31 shtator 2018. Tabela kohore e programit mund të përshtatet në varësi të kushteve atmosferike ose shkaqeve të tjera domethënëse.
Kush mund të aplikojë?
Kushtet e pjesëmarrjes në kurs
Numri maksimal i pjesëmarrësve: 25 vetë
Ku do të zhvillohet praktika?
Pjesa më e madhe e praktikës do të kryhet në vizita një-ditore në zona në afërsi të Tiranës si Parku i Liqenit të Tiranës, Mali i Dajtit, Bisht-Pallë - Erzen. Po kështu praktika do të organizohet edhe në një apo dy fundjava në zona më të largëta si Parku Kombëtar Natyror i Prespës dhe Zona e Peizazhit të Mbrojtur Vjosë-Nartë.
Si zhvillohet një ditë trajnimi
Mjetet e nevojshme:
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Për cdo pyetje apo paqartësi, ju lutem n’a shkruani në këto adresa e-maili: firstname.lastname@example.org dhe email@example.com
NB. Vendet janë të kufizuara për 25 kursantë, prandaj ju lutem të mos prisni afatin përfundimtar për të aplikuar. Pjesëmarrësit që nuk do të përfshihen si kursantë në këtë kurs, do të përfshihen në listën e pritjes për vitin 2018!
The Dalmatian Pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) have started laying eggs and brooding their clutches in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. Exactly over the beds prepared at the beginning of 2018 by the Administration of Protected Areas – Fieri Region, local communities and AOS. Over 80 individuals were present in the nesting site while other individuals are preparing to nest very soon. We hope that even this breeding season results positive, with many other new families and many more pullis that manage again to fly majestically in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park and more other wetland areas of Albania and western Balkans. The Dalmatian Pelican, a yesterday threatened species. Today, a species in recovery!
We are used to see them in flocks coming back from Africa during the spring migration but never so early then yesterday, on the 20th of February 2018, when a House Martin (Delichon urbicum) was spotted feeding over the Artificial Lake in Tirana. Has the spring started or it is just an individual that could have passed the mild winter here in Albania? This remains to be further verified through readers’ comments. If someone has any information for the observation of the species during winter, it is more than welcomed to send us a comment. Thanks to all and to Dancho Hristov for the first observation!
So far it was believed that the Moustached Warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon) was only a migrating bird in Albania. We had very good evidences on its presence in spring and fall due to our four years bird banding camps all over Albania that managed to ring about 1800 individuals respectively in April-June and October-November of 2014-2017. But the general idea was that the species is neither breeding nor wintering despite one AOS observation of the species in Domni marshes (Buna-Velipoja) on 27th of February 2017. Finally, the bird banding program managed to provide very interesting data about wintering period too. The Kishkunshag Bird Protection Society (Hungary) put again nets in Orikumi on the 8th of February 2018 and captured 9 individuals of Moustached Warbler. Two of them were recaptures of individuals already ringed in Orikumi in October 2017 proving thus that those individuals have been passing the winter in Orikumi reeds. This great evidence increases the importance of Orikumi and other coastal reed beds in Albania as wintering sites for the Moustached Warbler which is an indicator species for Natura 2000 sites. Thanks to or Hungarian colleagues and to this strong cooperative program!
“Hostel”, this is the theme of the photography exhibition, a selection of 50 photos, of birds and our activities, taken by Ákos Németh, Taulant Bino & Eno Gaçe thanks to a successful and multiannual collaboration for the research of reed beds through the bird banding, in a common study project in between ornithologists and photography “aficionados” from Hungary and Albania.
We are very proud of this cooperation, for the success of the exhibition, as well as presenting scientific data through art. Why “Hostel”? Because reed beds of Albania, those small areas and not wellknown, host a lot of migrating birds that during their voyage are in need for a several days shelter where they find food, a place protected by predators or a limited space where they could overcome the cold night. The Reed bed or the “Hostel” is therefore much more important than it shows up.
This is the exact reason that we have to study, understand and protect them better. We tried to pass that message among our numerous visitors and friends at Kalo Gallery, during the last Saturday, 10th of February 2018, in a friendly atmosphere accompanied with a lot of interest, many questions about bird banding and with a lot of information on bird migration. But, we will be there again, trying to offer more information for all the new and former visitors.
The exhibition will be open until 25th of February 2018. See you there!
139 thousands of waterbirds, 61 different species registered in 21 wetland sites from 90 participants involving national and international experts from different NGOs (AOS, ASPBM, APAWA, LIPU, OMP Kukës & PPNEA), volunteers, independent experts, Regional Agencies for Protected Areas, National Agency for Protected Areas and the staff of Natur Al project who supported and made possible for the third year in a row the International Waterbird Census in Albania.
The results of the census were made available on the 3rd of February 2018, in the presence of national and local media, in an event held by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. Minister Klosi, present in that event, stressed the high potentials of wetlands as an important natural tourism asset and he appreciated the lack of disturbance and the management of areas where there is a significant increase of waterbirds’ number as it is the case for Divjaka-Karavasta and Kune-Vain.
The most important wetland areas for this year, as for the other years, was Divjaka-Karavasta with more than 33% of waterbirds registered in Albania and with 75% of the observed waterbird species. The participating students and environmental activists asked among others about the position of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment towards the proposed resort (urbanisation) in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. Minister Klosi, replying to the question, said that there will be no construction in the Protected Area. Nevertheless, Mabetex-Tirana, has opened the Strategic Environmental Assessment process and has officially applied for the Environmental Declaration. As per our information, there is not yet an official response from the Ministry towards but we hope that the response will reflect the position that the Minister Klosi had supported in the Divjaka-Karavasta event.
How many species of ducks live in Karavasta Lagoon? How do you count the birds? Is the number of birds increasing?
Today, at World Wetlands Day, together with the Regional Administration for Protected Areas of Fieri, we were again in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park with the pupils of 9-year school of Miza.
We responded to the interesting questions of the pupils, explained the bird migration and observed birds in Godulla e Vogël.
Despite the rainy weather, the day got better through the pupils’ curiosity, teachers’ goodwill and the presence of three Pelicans with red bills. The breeding season has started!
At their demand, we will be again, and pretty soon, at the lagoon, to observe closer the Pelicans and to speak about the biology and behavior of the Pelicans, the symbol of the National Park.
Every nature "connaisseur" would respond that Blackbirds do not migrate from north to the south and vice-versa. They just engage in vertical migration, from the mountain to the lowland during winter and from lowland to the mountain during summer. Nevertheless, some individuals undertake long travel migrations north-south and vice-versa as one Blackbird found in Tujan (Tirana) on 04/01/2018. This individual was ringed in Mazowieckie (Poland), some 60 km away from Warschau. At the moment it was found the bird had traveled some 1181 km. From the above, it is pretty obvious that bird banding offers a lot of data on bird biology and the behavior of specific species. For that reason, AOS is engaged since three years in a proper bird banding research program that aims also to increase the capacities in Albania. Join us in our activities!
Five steps to avoid the nest flooding and to improve the breeding success of the Dalmatian Pelican in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park.
Today, at about 15:00, at the custom point of Kapshtica, the prompt intervention of the State Inspectorate of Environment and Forests prevented the trafficking towards Greece of more than 300 Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) illegally captured in Albania. Now, the Inspectorate and the Prosecution have sequestered the Goldfinches as evidence of environmental crime and they are considering the penal pursuit of this trafficking attempt. We hope that this event would be a good example for the prevention of any other trafficking case. AOS is grateful to the head of State Inspectorate and the responsible structures in Korca region for their fast reaction. AOS will further denounce every other case of illegal capture and trade. Today, 300 Goldfinches fly free in the Albanian sky. Otherwise they will be in an everlasting imprisonment.
Flamingos and Pelicans hidden from the strong wind in Patok, Goldeneye in the mist of Shkodra, thousands of waders in flying flocks in Adriatik (Durrws), water surfaces coloured in black from wintering ducks in Divjaka, grebes and coots in the lakes of Banja, Belshi, Thana etc. Since two days, our teams are in the field for the International Waterbird Census. And there are already very interesting sightings. Particlarly in Adriatik where a Phalarope is observed and in Divjaka, the most important waterbird area in the Eastern Adriatic. The result would be available very soon!