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Members of the EBBC Board and Atlas Steering Committee gathered in Istanbul in March 2014, just at the onset of a breeding season. They met 20 members of the İstanbul Kuş Gözlem Topluluğu (İstanbul Birdwatching Club). Together they did pilot survey for the breeding bird atlas in Turkey (see short video). After two days of fieldwork, representatives of institutions and individuals interested in developing the atlas in Turkey futher, met in Istanbul and discussed how to make it happen.



Bird Conservation Georgia (BCG), the ´umbrella organization´ of BRC, offers a unique opportunity to discover some of the most remote and untouched parts of Georgia.



The www.birdid.no website is a useful tool to increase an interest in and the skills for bird identification. Combined with a field study, it has proved very useful to increase the number of volunteers in breeding bird surveys in Norway. This program can be implemented with help from Norway in all European countries.



The IUCN/Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group & the Croatian Society for Bird and Nature Protection are organizing a conference on cormorants on 23 - 27 April 2014 in Osijek, Croatia.



A paper ´Population trends of common breeding and wintering birds in Hungary, decline of long-distance migrant and farmland birds during 1999-2012´ by authors Tibor Szép, Károly Nagy, Zsolt Nagy, and Gergő Halmos was published in the journal Ornis Hungarica.



The report summarizes the activities of the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS) from July 2013 to December 2013. We have updated European population indices and common bird indicators covering record number of species and countries. PECBMS results have been widely used for research and policy incl. international initiatives Wildlife Comeback in Europe and Red List of European Birds. New support from the European Commission will help the programme to deliver its outputs on regular basis and improve the scheme.


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