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Herewith CLGE states its initiative to become a partner in a consortium on call FP6-2005-SSP-5-B-INFLUENZA; Task 4 Migratory birds (STREP/CA).

General info

One of the two largest migratory ways in Europe – Via Pontica, crosses Bulgaria. Hence, Bulgaria has a key role in tracking the migrations of bird flocks infected with Avian influenza. Furthermore, a number of globally threatened birds stay the winter in Bulgaria: the Red-breasted Goose and the Lesser White-fronted Goose, the Bewick’s Swan, the Ferruginous Duck, the Dalmatian Pelican, and the Pygmy Cormorant. This is a prerequisite for efficient utilization of the resources invested in waterbirds monitoring. Moreover, the data obtained will be of national as well as of pan-European importance.

Background

Within the scope of organizing a multidisciplinary network for early warning system in real time for influenza viruses in migratory birds in Europe CLGE can carry out the following subtasks:

  • Monitoring of waterbirds during their migration and wintering in the most important concentration places in Bulgaria.
  • Recruitment and submission of information about infected or dead birds with visible Avian influenza symptoms.
  • Assessment of the importance of the different groups of waterbirds in the ecological risk assessment concerning the occurrence and dissemination of H5N1 on Bulgarian territory.
  • Construction of a GIS model for “Ecological risk assessment of the occurrence of Avian influenza among the wild waterbirds on Bulgarian territory” which can be integrated into a model for Europe as a whole.
  • Tracking the migrations of waterbirds flocks by means of combined visual and radar surveillance. The public airport radars in Varna, Bourgas, Plovdiv, and Sofia as well as the weather forecasting radars will be used.

We offer

Highly qualified ornithologists and ecologists employed in CLGE work on these lines. In the last 30 years a sufficient amount of data has been collected on the species composition, the concentration places and the population size dynamics of the migratory and wintering waterbirds in Bulgaria. CLGE has three field work stations in key sites for monitoring bird migrations. There are several NGOs which actively participate in birds protection.

Contact person
Associate Professor Tanyo Michev
Created by istoyanov
Last modified 02.03.2006 14:32
 

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