Announcement: Batumi Birdwatching Festival 2018

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Batumi Birdwatching Festival 2018

3 – 8 september 2018 – venue: Oasis Hotel – Chakvi – Georgia

We would like to invite all of you to the annual Batumi Birding festival, taking place the first week of September this year.

The full seven-day program will encompass a diversity of activities, all related to the study and conservation of the migration spectacle. You are welcome to join the daily excursions. You will have the option to choose between watching the raptors at our watch sites, visit other birding hotspots in the region or one of the national parks of the region, attend trapping demonstrations or pay a cultural visit to the region. We aim to attract a broad international public of birdwatchers, conservationists and eco-tourists as well as a large part of both the local population and regional peers. With this event, we want to highlight all aspects of our project, particularly the tourism potential.

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We have a spectacular line-up for the evening lectures this year, with specialists from USA, UK and Denmark giving a lecture:

  • WILLIAM CLARK (USA): author of several raptor books and raptor identification specialist, will talk about raptor migration, eagles around the world and his eagle quest.
  • DAVID LINDO aka the Urban Birder (UK): author and celebrity, will talk about urban birding, raptors in urban environments and his new book
  • LUKE TILLER: tour guide and raptor migration addict, will talk about raptor migration (monitoring) all over the USA
  • BRC team: will present the daily count results, and an overview of results of the work BRC has done so far.

A detailed program will be published soon.

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Participation to the daily excursions and the evening lectures is free of charge, subscribing is advised. A donation towards BRC is of course appreciated, but not obligatory. For the last evening celebration diner, a small payment will be asked. This event is financed by the Department of Tourism Adjara, we are very grateful for their support.

If you would like to show your interest for this event, or if you have questions, feel free to contact johannes.jansen@batumiraptorcount.org.