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Practical training of students from the Agricultural University at Green Balkans

Practical training of students from the Agricultural University at Green Balkans

06.12.2013
The practical training was split in two parts. The first part was realized at Green Balkans’ Wildlife Rescue Center in Stara Zagora on October 11th, 2013. There, the students learnt about the conditions for Lesser Kestrel captive breeding and offspring rearing, and observed the daily efforts of the caretakers securing optimal conditions for the birds, specialized food resembling the usual pray caught by Lesser Kestrels in the wild, as well as other peculiarities related to the ex-situ breeding of Lesser Kestrels. The second part took place at the Module for release and adaptation of Lesser Kestrels, established and maintained within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project implemented by Green Balkans with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union. The specialized facility, where juvenile Lesser Kestrels bred in captivity are released into wild, is situated in the village of Levka, Sakar SPA (BG0002021), a site of NATURA 2000 European ecological network. On November 8th, 2013, in Sakar, the students were acquainted with the facilities and the methods of releasing juvenile birds into the wild, as well as the management and conservation of the habitats of Lesser Kestrels and other protected bird species, such as Imperial Eagle etc. The participants were particularly interested in the various types of artificial nesting structures and the individual tagging and tracking of released birds through standard and specialized color ornithological rings and satellite transmitters. The students also witnessed a field demonstration of habitat management through extensive breeding of an autochthonous horse breed – the Karakachan horse, owned by Green Balkans. Increasingly often, the module for release and adaptation of Lesser Kestrels in Sakar hosts different initiatives aimed at providing supplementary training for students and schoolchildren. Earlier this year, ecology and veterinary medicine students and schoolchildren from “I. P. Pavlov” Vocational School of Veterinary Medicine of Stara Zagora and the Thracian University of Stara Zagora, participating in the project “Students and graduates’ practical training” of the Ministry of Education and Science, made several visits to Sakar and were directly involved in the activities implemented within Green Balkans’ “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” project.
http://greenbalkans.org/birdsofprey/lesserkestrellife/bg/Stazhanti_na_Spasitelniya_tsentyr_za_divi_zhivotni_posetiha_rayona_na_Sakar-p383
http://greenbalkans.org/birdsofprey/lesserkestrellife/bg/Stazhanti_na_Spasitelniya_tsentyr_na_gosti_na_beloshipite_vetrushki_v_Sakar-p399 http://greenbalkans.org/birdsofprey/lesserkestrellife/bg/Vylnuvashto_i_nezabravimo_v_selo_Levka_Sakar_planina_vpechatleniyata_na_edna_dobrovolka-p401

Green Balkans’ team works intensively with students and schoolchildren from different educational institutions, organizing classroom or field presentations and demonstrations of various aspects of the activities implemented by the Organization. Thus, for example, quite recently, more than 120 students from the Thracian University of Stara Zagora attended a lecture delivered within "Discover the birds of Bulgaria’s wildlife" project - http://www.greenbalkans.org/show.php?language=bg_BG&id=2004&cat_id=35, presenting different initiatives of Green Balkans, including the project “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360.

For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Project Manager
Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org
Mobile: +359 885 609 289