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 Castles”.
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. Techniques 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.