Connecting Birds and People

The Bird Survey of Lake Sevan Shoreline

(TECHNICAL TEXT) INTRODUCTION ABOUT LAKE SEVAN

The Lake Sevan is the pearl of the country and in the same time is one of the most active recreation areas, and also a serious resource of area of wild harvest, where the interests of nature protection and business are meeting. That is why it requires careful tracking of human disturbance and developments. With that in mind, our project “Monitoring of Birds and Butterflies at the Lake Sevan National Park and its buffer zone” aimed at regular surveys of all four core protection zones, and seven sites at the zones of economic and recreational areas.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To set up regular monitoring of the birds and butterflies at Lake Sevan National Park and its buffer zone.
  2. To identify efficiency of conservation measures in various core areas of the National Park.
  3. To determine the sustainability issues with ecosystem management at the buffer zones of the National Park. 

WHEN, WHERE, AND HOW IS IT IMPLEMENTED 

The monitoring of  breeding water and terrestrial birds is implemented in eleven sites, mostly in end of May to beginning of June, when all the birds have returned from migration. The surveys are usually conducted via two major methods: point counts for water birds and transect counts for the terrestrial species. 

This three-year study already demonstrated efficiency of conservation measures at the Gull Island, and a need to strengthen the protection regime at other three core zones, as well as necessity to review the grazing scheme at the pasturelands of north-eastern shore of the Lake. This is in turn resulted in a cooperation for the development of five year strategy plan for the National Park.

WHO AND HOW CAN PARTICIPATE?

As usual in the bird surveys, there are works which should be performed by professionals with high-level of bird identification skills, and there are other works, which can be implemented by beginners after some training. Therefore, the most important step is to get the necessary information and skills via becoming a Member of our organization. It will give you the necessary access to the training and further research.