Memorable moments from a birding expedition!

Sally and Stephanie are proud to have participated in the Grand Iberian Bird Tour 2018-2019. In this article they talk about things that went wrong. But above all, many grateful moments.

They saw a lot of interesting birds from all over Europe, for example little Egrets flying over their heads, a flock of Whimbrels and another flock of Black-tailed Godwits.

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Tourism in line with bird conservation

George Armistead is Chief Network Officer at Rockjumper Birding Tours. He deals with questions that give a good indication on how tourism and bird protection can be connected.

The motto of the Rockjumper organization, to bring people closer to birds and to protect them at the same time, also drives his activities. Learn more about George and his work.

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John Horton, Warden of Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO)

The ringing of wild birds is a very important research method for ornithologists to obtain valuable information on migration, behavior and life of specific birds.

John Horton tells us impressively about his work on the British Channel Islands and a project with ZEISS that has fundamentally improved the ringing system.

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with Birdlife Malta and sponsored by ZEISS Sports Optics

"Malta, a holiday destination for many, but a country as a life-long naturalist and conservationist, I know it comes with serious baggage. Malta forms a vital link in the journey of migrating birds travelling through Europe into Africa."

Follow Darren Woodhead and a group of ornithologists to Malta, where they spent ten days exploring the fauna of this beautiful island in September 2018. Get inspired by their experiences and take a look at Darren's fantastic paintings.

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Successfully protecting birds in rural areas

For conservation of endangered bird species, scientific research can often make a valuable contribution. Especially on agricultural land, the conditions for preserving biodiversity are difficult.

Equipped with ZEISS products, a team from the University of Tübingen is investigating the needs of the Corn Bunting during the breeding season. Together with farmers and nature conservation authorities, suitable protection strategies are being developed.

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The molecular birdwatcher from birds’ paradise

Liviu Parau is a passionate birder and this is impressively reflected in his professional career as a molecular ornithologist. In his research, he deals with special behaviors of different bird species and their origin.

The Romanian scientist has discovered fascinating insights, such as the willingness for cooperation of some bird species by supporting other breeding pairs or new knowledge about population genetics.

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International Bird observatory Conference in Eilat

This March, several special events took place in Eilat at the same time – the International Bird Observatories Conference along with the annual Spring Migration Festival, the Champions of the Flyway and the Arts and Nature community event. Through all these events, people were enabled to see birds and their habitats in a very direct and clear way.

A wonderful time with many positive outputs – for example, the Champions of the Flyway raised a record sum for one Birdlife partner, over 75,000$ for conservation of Vultures in Kenya. Never before so many birders came to watch the wonder of migration in Eilat and at the same time supported the efforts to keep it safe.

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ZEISS Sponsors Grand Prize for the 2019 Kruger Bird and Wildlife Challenge

At the Kruger Bird and Wildlife Challenge 2019 eight teams with nine members of birders and bird protectors started in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The funds raised from the event aimed to preserve the White-winged Flufftail, an endangered bird.

As a special highlight offered to the participants there was an encounter with the very rarely observed Golden Pipit. In total, over 300 species of birds as well as over 50 mammal species were observed. Learn more about the exciting competition and the winning team.

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At the filling station of migrating birds

Marco Sommerfeld has been working for the Carl Zeiss bird station in Hamburg for over 10 years. Always in a good mood, he combines natural science expertise with tireless dedication to the protection of native bird species in an extraordinary way.

Marco has made his passion for the natural and bird world a profession and shares his knowledge at any time with interested visitors in the Wedeler march. In her current article, Michaela Sulz tells us more about his personality and commitment.

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