We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Lesser kestrel's reintroduction to Bulgaria and the Day of NATURE 2000

Mai 28, 2024
On May 22 and 23, the Green Balkans team under the project "Life for the Lesser kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017 celebrated two holidays - 10 years since the reintroduction of the Lesser kestrel to Bulgaria and the NATURA 2000 Day!

We chose Stara Zagora and the Wildlife Rescue Center as the venue for the event. Our guests at the celebration were colleagues, friends and partners from various institutions, natural and national parks and NGOs from Bulgaria and Greece.

The first day was divided into a presentation part and a visit to the Wildlife Rescue Center. During the presentation part, the Green Balkans team presented to the guests various projects that the association implements and whose activities are within the framework of the ecological network NATURA 2000 - "Life for the Lesser kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG/001017, LIFE19 NAT/BG/000804 LIFE FOR POMORIE LAGOON, "Life for the Bearded vulture" 101113869 LIFE22-NAT-BG, "Return of the Saker falcon in Bulgaria".

The second part was held in the yard of the Rescue Center. We presented to the guests our work, demonstrated the ringing of Lesser kestrels, and in front of the aviary, home of the Lesser kestrels, the official ceremony was held on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the reintroduction of the Lesser kestrel in Bulgaria. There, in addition to a welcome from the hosts, the floor was also given to the official guests, representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water, Thrace University and the LIFE program project monitor in Bulgaria - ELMEN EEIG.

The celebration ended with a tour of the Lesser kestrel breeding facilities at the Rescue Center, a glass of cocktail made especially for the event and, of course, a celebratory dinner!

The second day we continued with presentations with a more practical focus - working with wild animals, including kestrels - first aid, rehabilitation, release methods. Our guests had the opportunity to view various posters related to the Lesser kestrel from participation in scientific events at home and abroad, as well as to enjoy the exhibition "The Great Return - 2".

And at the very end of the meeting, our guests were introduced to the BESTbelt project, implemented with the financial support of the European Union, in which Green Balkans partners with the Turkish organization "Back to Nature" and the German foundation EuroNatur. The project is aimed at the protection of rare species of birds, such as the Imperial eagle and the Lesser kestrel in the border areas of Bulgaria and Turkey, which are part of the European Green Belt initiative.