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Visit to Latvia

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New trip is on its way. This time it is outside Bulgaria. I will be visiting Latvia to meet with colleagues who want to start a new training scheme on bird identification based on a methodology developed by the Nord Trondelag University College in Norway (HiNT). The training aims to increase the number of skillful volunteers in the local breeding bird survey.

Two intense days of discussions and … birdwatching are coming up. We shall be debating about the process of students recruitment, training implementation, sites selection etc. The discussions will be in the area of lake Engure – rich in birds Ramsar listed area where we are going to be based.

Recently I prepared a report that contains the results from a recent training in Bulgaria. The report will be used as a guideline to other countries willing to undertake identical programmes. Building upon the experience we had in Bulgaria our Latvian colleagues will aim to improve their bird monitoring scheme.

This training is a part of initiatives that I conduct as a part of my professional duties. If interested in implementing a training on bird id in your country please do not hesitate to contact me.

Will report on the meeting outcome and the birdwatching results in later posts.

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