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EuroBirdwatch: Apply for a free birdwatching tour in Serbia on October 5 or 6

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October 2, 2019

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The EuroBirdwatch this year will take place on the weekend of October 5 and 6. The Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (DZPPS) is organizing more than 20 free birdwatching tours around the country, it said in a press release.

The main goal of the EuroBirdwatch, traditionally held on the first weekend of October, is to get out in nature and enjoy observing birds and their marvelous migration, the DZPPS said.

Fall migration takes more than 2 billion birds over the Balkans. For most of them, this is a long and dangerous endeavor, ridden with natural obstacles such as seas, mountains, and extreme weather, but also man-made threats.

Poaching – the single-biggest threat to birds’ survival – claims millions of innocent lives during migration

Poaching – the single-biggest threat to birds’ survival – claims millions of innocent lives during migration. Its victims include magnificent eagles and tiny warblers alike. The birds that prefer nocturnal migration face dangerous traps that are urban areas, with artificial light at night attracting them and disrupting their migratory patterns, while many get killed flying into glass surfaces and wires.

 Birds that prefer nocturnal migration face dangerous traps that are urban areas

Birdwatching tours are organized this weekend in over 40 countries in Europe to raise awareness of wild birds’ needs. The goal is also to motivate people to get out in nature, learn about the beauty of the living world, and adopt a healthy lifestyle outdoors promoting mental and physical wellbeing.

In Serbia, the birdwatching tours will be organized in well-known nature reserves such as Zasavica, Rusanda, Uvac, and Labudovo Okno, as well as in urban areas such as Belgrade’s Ušće Park and Novi Sad’s Futoški Park.

To reserve your spot on one of the free tours, you need to apply HERE.

Before you set off, we recommend you install Ptice na dlanu, a bird recognition app developed by the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia.

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