In Vlora, where AOS in cooperation with Western Balkans-Land of Discovery and Tours of Albania held a 3 day-training on arrangements of bird-watching tours, a project funded by USAID. The training goal is to present opportunities for implementation in practice of knowledge on birdwatching. The training was attended by representatives of both local and regional tourism operators, as well as representatives from the Administration of Protected Areas in Vlora Region. The training was conducted based on an approved program and calendar, thus offering to the touristic guides an up to date knowledge, with the aim on identifying bird species and manners of observation in the field and the most important areas of distribution in Albania. The program is divided into two sessions, theoretical and practical one. The first session consists of presentations on the basis of identifications of different types of birds, families and variations by age and seasons. The second session comprised several field visits, equipped with offered equipment (binoculars, spotting scope), in the Narta Lagoon, Orikum Lagoon and National Park in Llogara.
Very interesting and final data from Eurobirdwatch 2016, undertaken also in Albania during the last weekend of 1-2 of October 2016 by AOS in cooperation with APAWA, supported by Euronatur, and the Regional Agencies for Protected Areas of Fieri, Lezha, Tirana and Vlora.
10 DIFFERENT SITES COVERED, 20 PARTICIPANTS, 102 MIGRATORY BIRD SPECIES AND OVER 39,000 INDIVIDUALS OBSERVED.
The most spectacular observations were:
• 4218 migratory Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica)
• 3025 migratory Sand Martins (Riparia riparia)
• 29 Knots (Calidris canutus)
This Saturday and Sunday, 1-2 October 2016, AOS, Regional Agencies for Protected Areas of Fieri, Lezha, Tirana and Vlora as well as partner associations of APAWA, EuroNature and NOE Conservation will be in the field, contributing for the Eurobirdwatch 2016. 8 events are foreseen: 1. Census of migratory birds in Divjaka-Karavasta (1st of October 2016) - Fier 2. Census of migratory birds in Thana Lake (1st of October 2016) - Fier 3. Census of migratory birds in Kune-Vain (1st of October 2016) - Lezha 4. Census of migratory birds in Buna-Velipoja area (1st of October 2016) - Shkodra 5. Census of migratory birds in Narta and Orikumi (1st of October 2016) - Vlora 6. Census of migratory birds in Dajti National Park (2nd of October 2016) - Tirana 7. Census of migratory birds in Shkodra lake (2nd of October 2016) - Shkodra 8. Census of migratory birds in Bisht Palla (2nd of October 2016) - Durrësi