A pilot training course in bird identification was held in Albania
for the period 9-13th of May in relation to the World Migratory Bird
Day. The event was organized under the joint efforts of the Association
for Protection and Preservation of the Natural Environment in Albania
(PPNEA) and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) /
BirdLife Bulgaria, in the frames of the CEPF project "Land of Eagles and
The course was taught by a lecturer
from the BSPB and consisted of three days theory and two days field work
in a wetland zone around Tirana, the Key Biodiversity Area Narta lagoon
and the Divjake-Karavasta National Park. A total of eight trainees from
Albania (students, employees in environmental NGOs, National Parks and
tour-operator agencies) took participation in the course and received
certificated for their newly achieved experience in bird identification.
Lectures on 300 bird species out of 355 found so far in the country
were made, and many of them were demonstrated in the field.
for bird monitoring, data collection and data storing were also
presented. This course is an important step towards the promotion of
ornithological work and birdwatching to the local stakeholders along the
Adriatic coast in Albania. This training course will continue along the
duration of the project where the trainees will receive training on
bird census and other bird monitoring techniques.