Photo: Luca Dehelean
This year, between 10th and 20th January “Milvus Group” Association together with the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) organized again the annual census of the wintering waterfowl (Midwinter Waterbird Census) in Romania. The event is coordinated by Wetlands International. Data for our organization were sent by our members and also by other volunteers, totalizing 49 participants. They made observations in 92 different areas and locations from the range of 24 counties. In total there were counted 226,565 birds belonging to 127 species. From this, a number of 188,809 specimens (which means 83.3% from the total) belong to different waterbird and aquatic species. The five most common species were the Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) – 80,063 ex., the Coot (Fulica atra) – 27,082 ex., the Rook (Corvus frugilegus) –23166 ex., the White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) – 18,214 ex. and the Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) – 6,093 ex.. Continue reading
In more than 100 countries, millions of waterbirds are counted each year. This monitoring program called International Waterbird Census (IWC) is coordinated by the Wetlands International, a global organisation working to sustain and restore wetlands. They bring all this information together collected worldwide by different organizations, analyse them and provide information on the global state of the birds and analyse changes in the population. The results of the IWC have been used in the designation of nearly half of the 1,369 Wetlands of International Importance in 138 countries, designated under the Ramsar Convention. With the IWC it is possible to monitor changes in waterbird numbers and distribution, to improve knowledge of little-known waterbird species and wetland sites, to identify and monitor sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, to provide information on the conservation status of waterbird species, presents information vital to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS, Bonn Convention), and so on.
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