9000 Euro needed to fill the gaps in the Second European Breeding Bird Atlas in Russia
Unifying our voices for bird conservation is the theme of the World Migratory Bird Day in 2018, which takes place on 12 May and 13 October. The African-Eurasian Waterbird Monitoring Partnership joins this initiative not only by unifying our voices but also by acting together! We call upon our waterbird network to support our partner the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) in filling the remaining gaps in the Second European Breeding Bird Atlas in Russia (EBBA2).
Why is Russia so important for waterbirds?
Russia covers over a third of the European landmass and provides breeding ground to half of the migratory waterbird populations listed in the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). It is the main breeding area for many ducks, geese, swans and waders and we know very little about the breeding populations of many of these species. The Russian Breeding Bird Atlas, part of the European atlas project, offers the opportunity to improve our knowledge of the status of these populations. Unfortunately, the areas most important for waterbirds are the most difficult and expensive to reach. Therefore, important gaps still remain in the taiga and tundra zone of Russia.
The EBCC aims to raise 9000 Euros to support the fieldwork in May – July 2018.
How can you support this initiative?
You can either visit the EBBA2 website and sponsor a species listed there or you can make a donation through the Waterbird Fund website make a donation. If you choose the latter option, please indicate “EBBA2” in your transfer instruction.
What to do if I do not have the money?
The World Migratory Bird Day on 12 May is a great opportunity to raise funds for such a good cause. You can organise mini fundraisers in your local nature reserve, visitor center, local bird clubs for one of the species offered for sponsorship or in general for filling the gaps.
Let’s make this happen together!
Contact: Dr. Szabolcs Nagy, Senior Advisor, +31 628 55 48 23