Turkey’s size, wide variation in topography and altitude, and the country’s location make it one of the most sought after locations for birdwatching. Situated at the juncture of Europe and Asia, Anatolia lies on the path of two major migration flyways. Turkey hosts an exceptionally rich and diverse avifauna: 460 species of bird have been recorded, of which at least 364 species are regularly seen. This accounts for 70% of European species. Doğa, since it is established in 2002, is working to enhance the birding community in Turkey and works closely with birdwatching groups and actively supports development of new groups.
Birders play an important role and often get to make real contributions to scientific knowledge. Today, much of what nature conservationists know about birds has come from the observations of dedicated bird watchers. KusBank is an internet-based spatial database on birds that allows birdwatchers from anywhere in Turkey to input and query data, download it in the desired format, and do further analyses. It provides a personalized Internet portal that helps build a community among birdwatchers and provide access to useful resources. Importantly, KusBank is the place where birdwatchers invest their bird data for conservation purposes.
Mid-winter Waterfowl Cencus
The mid-winter waterfowl census is held at the same time every year in all continents of the Northern Hemisphere. Wetlands International coordinates these global censuses. In each country a network of professional and amateur counters (birdwatchers) provide waterbird counts to the IWC. The objective is to observe the short and long-term trends in the populations of some waterfowl species in different countries and the winter distribution of these species, and to use this information in forming protection schemes both for birds and for habitats. Doğa’s volunteers actively partake in mid-winter waterfowl census (MWC), being coordinated by the national MWC committee every year.
Doğa, in cooperation with birdwatching groups, organizes the European BirdWatch Day, Turkey Bird Conference, World Sparrow Day and other events every year. To know more about the birding community in Turkey or join our work on birds please contact:
Evrim Tabur firstname.lastname@example.org