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For the team of the project "Life for Lesser Kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, May 13 was a day full of events and meetings with friends!

Mai 18, 2023
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In the beginning of the day, we took part in the 17th White Stork Festival in Belozem – the European White Stork village in Bulgaria.
At the festival, organized by Community Center "Prosveta 1909", Rakovski Municipality, Belozem City Hall, Green Balkans, "Geo Milev" Elementary School – Belozem and taking place under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in front of the thousands of people, the team presented the “Living Exhibition”, highlighting our work on the return of extinct species and our project activities, like those for project “Life for Lesser Kestrel” LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017.
Together with Rakovski Municipality, Belozem City Hall, CC "Prosveta 1909", in "Geo Milev" Elementary School we opened the International Children's Drawing Competition on the theme “The Life of a Stork”, which is organized for sixth year in a row. In the White Stork Information Centre in the village, a representative of the project “Life for Lesser Kestrel” LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, implemented by Green Balkans and funded by the Programme LIFE of the EU, together with Agricultural University Plovdiv and National program “Young scientists and postdoctoral fellows 2“, gave a talk on the potential ecosystem services provided by the species like the White Stork, Lesser Kestrel and others.
As a compliment for our active participation and traditional support in organizing the festival, we received certificate and a plaque from the hosts.
In the evening, our team was a guest of The Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv, on the occasion of the European Night of Museums. There, in front of the visitors, we showed unique footage from real-time video surveillance of some of the bird colonies, which the Green Balkans team observes using mounted cameras. In this way, the guests of the event could take a peek into the secret world of the Lesser Kestrel families in the Sakar village of Levka, where part of the activities of project “Life for Lesser Kestrel” are implemented. Trought cameras, they also observed the behavior of the birds in some of the stork’s nests in Belozem.
Over 3000 people joined, as guests and visitors in both events. We are happy that we once again had the opportunity to tell all of them about our nature conservation!