March is leaving together with the bulk of wintering birds. Thousands of ducks and gulls are heading now towards nesting sites. A small part of herons, cormorants and pelicans has decided to stay in Albania for trying their nesting success in our wetland areas. Now it is time for migratory birds and the first breeding species arriving from Africa. Despite their limited number, they offer a multitude of other colors. Their conservation gives us the chance to better enjoy spring, summer and nature. Many thanks to our friend Armando Babani for the excellent pictures! Enjoy Nature!!!
Circa 220 species of birds present in Albania, exotic birds from New World, sponges and corals from the Pacific and Indian Ocean, dolphins and cachalots from the Mediterranean, giant sea turtles seen in our shores etc.
We were at Muzeu I Shkencave Te Natyres together with pupils of Gjimnazi Franko-Shqiptar "Ernest Koliqi", Tirane. It was a pleasure to revisit the Museum through their eyes. Thanks to Anila Kule and Mirela Berisha for making this happen.
Everybody listens when We speak about Birds and Pelicans! Because we know what we speak about :-)!
With Administrata e Zonave te Mbrojtura-Qarku Fier and students of Forestry Engineering of Uppsala University (Sweden) and Universiteti Bujqesor i Tiranes in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park.
Every year, at least 36,000 songbirds or 360,000 of them in a 10 year period, are illegally captured with mist nets in Albania.
Only a small part of it survives for being illegally sold in the local market. The bulk dies during the capture, imprisonment in horrible conditions of too many individuals in very small cages, lack of food and life in cages.
The above figures, based on recent data from AOS, are now published even by Broche et al. 2016 (BirdLife International) stating that c. 265 thousands of wild birds are killed or illegally taken, every year in Albania, due to poaching and capture with mist nets. Unfortunately, Albania is one of the 10 worst Mediterranean countries where illegal killing of birds has a huge impact upon bird populations.
Today, the capture of protected species as Goldfinch (C. carduelis), Serin (S. serinus), Greenfinch (C. chloris), Siskin (C. spinus), Linnet (C. cannabina) etc has become a profitable business for a range of parties including the illegal mist net trappers, animal shops and ambulant sellers of Sunday morning at “Avni Rustemi” square, just 250 meters from the central office of the State Inspectorate of Environment and Forests. The latter is obliged by the current legal framework to stop and eliminate this form of illegality.
YES ! THIS MASSACRE COULD AND SHOULD BE EASILY STOPPED!
It should start with animal shops whose illegal selling of birds is an important reason of illegal capture. Only in Tirana, there are 25-30 animal shops selling birds openly and giving thus a bad example of illegality for the citizens, children and our relationship with nature.
NOW THE QUESTION REMAINS: - HOW FAST WILL REACT THE STATE INSPECTORATE OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS AND MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT?
What is the lifespan of a Golden Eagle? Why is the chick covered in white? How big is a Pelican? How many Vultures do we have in Albania? Does the Capercaille sing early in the morning :)? How could a Sea Turtle take care of its kids? Is this exposed skeleton a Dinosaur or a Cachalot? Why is our biodiversity threatened and what could we do to help the animals?
Those were some of the questions on the diversity of the Albanian fauna posed during the visit of the students of the "Hafiz Ibrahim Dalliu" school at the Museum of Natural Sciences guided by AOS and the Museum’s staff.
We would like to thank the students for their very active participation, their teacher Xhevat Gërdeci for the passion he has successfully transmitted to the students, and Enerit Candanaku, Museum staff, for the detailed information on sea turtles and all other reptiles.
This visit was a real pleasure for AOS! See you again in other guided events, at the same place: The Museum of Natural Sciences! :)
AOS Team in collaboration with High Albania Mountain Club, guided by passionate and experienced professional tour leaders, organized this weekend a birdwatching trip at Divjakë-Karavasta National Park. For several hours they offered, in this destination, birding experience and the pleasure of birdwatching in some of the most breathtaking places of the park. Visitors were able to observe some of most typical species of waterbirds such as Flamingos, Coots, Herons, Gulls, Cormorants, Grebes and the Dalmatian Pelican, the iconic bird that nests in the park.