Connecting Birds and People

CLIMATE SCIENCE

(TECHNICAL TEXT ) INTRODUCTION ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is a global threat that has a significant impact on all ecosystems, however, mountainous areas are among the first to be destructively affected and being essentially a mountainous country, Armenia feels this fully.

We are working to develop a rapid warning and cost-effective system of monitoring, which can deliver an information on habitat level, thus pushing decision makers to advocate for meaningful actions on climate change.

OBJECTIVES

  1. То introduce science based monitoring of influence of the climate change on natural ecosystems.
  2. To introduce regular and systematic actions on the mitigation of Climate Change in schools.
  3. To support development of clean energy in Armenia: namely solar and wind, though with the careful assessment of the latest.

WHEN, WHERE, AND HOW IS IMPLEMENTED   

For investigation of Climate Change's affect on birds, which are inhabiting different vertical-landscape zones, we select specialized indicator species for every belt: semi-desert, juniper woodland, deciduous forest, mountain steppe, and sub-alpine grasslands. In each of these habitats we study bird species composition, as well as abundance of the indicators. Together they build a rapid warning signs and stimulate undertaking of early mitigation measures, implementation of which is a way more beneficial than further restoration of habitats or recovery of species. In order to get unbiased data on birds, minimally affected by anthropogenic factors we perform this monitoring in protected areas, where the human disturbance is already low. 

 

WHO AND HOW CAN BE INVOLVED

The count of species composition is the task that requires high level of bird identification skills, and is usually conducted by specialists or advanced birdwatchers. In the same time, the monitoring of indicators is a process where people with medium-level skills of bird identification can be involved after short training, as the indicator species have been selected also for their easy identification. What is important to do is to become a Member of the organization in order to receive necessary training in bird identification and data collection, and permission to enter the protected areas with restricted access. After that, following our monitoring schemes, you can take part in this local action of global importance.  

 

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