In autumn 2015 the 8th edition of the Batumi Raptor Count will take place. The survey will be held from
17 Aug until 16 Oct.
Please consider applying to join us this autumn if you:
- have a strong interest in bird migration and/or raptors;
- you are available for at least twelve days between 17 Aug and 16 Oct;
- you speak at least good basic English;
- you can focus on counting migrants in a standardized manner and are personally motivated to follow protocol;
- can handle both warm, humid and cold, rainy weather conditions;
- can manage a daily short (20 - 25 min.) walk over rather rough and steep terrain to a local hilltop (counting station);
- enjoy being in an international group of people; relaxing with a drink at the end of a long day of counting; discovering new environments, places and people, where one's race, gender, religion, culture, sexuality, age ... are NOT considered relevant.
As in previous years, BRC will provide the following arrangements for counters:
- accommodation: a house with several rooms shared by 2 - 4 people. Hot showers, toilets, washing machine are available.
- food: breakfast & lunch are arranged daily to be used on the counting stations. Dinner will be provided by our host family
- transportation: going to the stations and coming back is done on foot (station 1) or with regular BRC drivers in a minibus (station 2)
A contribution of 30 GEL (about 12€) per person per day will be asked to help us cover the expenses for block counters. For long term volunteers, we have more attractive fees. Volunteers who engage of half season (on month) contribute 20 GEL (about 7€) per day, full season counters (two months) contribute 10 GEL (about 4€) per day. This is under the condition we acquire sufficient funding.
You can indicate the preferred duration and timing of your volunteering in the application form.
Who is our team of coordinators in 2015 ?
If you have strong motivation to work with us as a coordinator on our counting post, then send us your letter of interest and tell about (1) your experiences in migration surveys, (2) your raptor identification skills and (3) your abilities to coordinate an international group. We offer free full board, free local transport and a contribution to your flight costs.