Monday, May 11, 2009

World Migratory Day at Lake Kuyucuk (9 May 2008)

We have celebrated the 2009 World Migratory Bird Day at Lake Kuyucuk. This is an Important Bird Area and Ramsar candidate site where KuzeyDoga has so far documented 204 bird species, including globally Endangered White-headed Duck (breeding), Red-breasted Goose, and Egyptian Vulture. Up to 35,000 birds can be seen on the lake.

Over 150 people and 85 students participated from Kuyucuk, Durakli and Carcioglu villages, Arpacay district Boarding School and Kars. The celebration was honored by Kars Director of Environment and Forestry Mr. Erol Bilgir. During the press conference we announced the formal recommendation, by the Turkish government, of Lake Kuyucuk as Turkey's 13. and eastern Turkey's first Ramsar site. This was followed by lunch and birdwatching at Lake Kuyucuk.

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