It’s not all about Birding!

Alderney is the northernmost of the Channel Islands and belongs to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It´s a very important place for migrating birds with an extraordinary long migration season. That’s why Alderney is perfect for long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration.

The Alderney bird observatory was established in March 2016 and is one of the most fascinating places in Britain for observing migratory birds as well as nesting seabirds. Learn more about this beautiful little Island, the tremendous potential for Birding and the people working there.

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International Bat Night 2018

International Bat Night is already 22 years old. On the night of 25 to 26 of August, it unites all bat observers. With big events bat experts, nature conservationists and interested people celebrate the only flying mammal in more than 35 participating countries.

Now is the best time to observe bats individually or along with many other enthusiasts from all around the globe. Michaela Sulz is fascinated about the beauties of the night. Her current story tells you about some interesting myths of this impressive creatures.

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Meet our nature expert at Birdfair 2018

There is a close connection between our wildlife expert and filmmaker Simon King and the nature. Since many years he relies on ZEISS optics to observe the finest details out in the field as bright and clear as possible. His Dialyt optics have served him well for many many years.

Nowadays he uses our Victory SF and Harpia gear. For Simon, the knowledge about nature creates the conditions for an effective protection of our nature as well as our entire world. Learn more about his wildlife experiences in this story and visit Simon King live at this year's Birdfair.

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Meet our nature expert at Birdfair 2018

The professional naturalist, tv presenter and author Nick Baker never stops exploring the beauty of wildlife. He takes us on a little journey and tells us how to experience special moments outdoors.

He opens his mind and eyes to observe birds or insects in completely new dimensions. All it takes are a pair of binoculars and a great deal of curiosity. Follow Nick and visit him at this year's Birdfair.

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Protecting the Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

Morocco is the last fully wild refuge of the critically endangered northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the world.

Together with BirdLife International and the Prince Albert II Foundation, ZEISS is supporting the conservation of the stock and the few remaining breeding grounds in the Souss Massa national park near Agadir.

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Marbled Murrelets

Marbled murrelets are small seabirds from the North Pacific. Unusually for seabirds they nest in old forests or on the ground at heights where trees cannot grow. Due to the decline of their population, numerous forest conservation programs have been established to preserve the marbled murrelets.

Peter Stangel tells us about the typical challenges concerning the protection of this rare bird species. The Western Rivers Conservancy's project plays a crucial role for their conservation. Although it was meant for improving the water quality of salmon habitats, there are also huge benefits for marbled murrelets.

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Fair Isle special protection area for rare seabirds

Fair Isle is a Scottish island belonging to the Shetland Islands. For birders it’s not only an important stopover for migratory birds. Fair Isle is also home for the great skua, a rare species of seabirds.

Glen Tyler and Bethany Stonier study the behavior of these birds. They give us an insight into their exciting research, which seeks to ensure the preservation of great skuas despite human influences.

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Feathered artists

Bowerbirds rank among the most intelligent bird species with some habits quite similar human beings. In total, 20 bowerbird species exist in Australia and New Guinea. This exceptional species of passerine birds are well-known for their special building art.

Bowerbirds are not just great at building their nests. They are also big artists in voice imitation. Bowerbirds are able to master 44 different bird songs. Michaela Sulz tells us about some unique impressions, which arouse interest for the next birding adventure.

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