14 April 2019. The first session of bird ringing was performed in Armash Wetlands. Over 30 Passerines of 7 species have been ringed: Reed Warbler, Savi's warbler, Paddyfield warbler, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Mountain Chiifchaff, and Bearded Reedling.
7 April 2019. Another bird migration monitoring day in Armash Wetlands of Ararat Plain brought
lots of Ducks, Waders, Wagtails, Herons, Cormorants, Stonechats, Bluethroats, etc. Especially the following species should be mentioned: Citrine Wagtail, White-tailed Lapwing, Collared Flycatcher, Spur-winged Plover, Slender-billed Gull, and several subspecies of Yellow Wagtail.
1 April 2019.April 1st is the International Bird Day since 1906, when the first international Convention for the protection of birds was signed. In Armenia we face several threats for the birds and their habitats, including poaching, pollution, littering, urbanization, intensification of agriculture, deforestation, land degradation, and so on. The first and very important step is understanding of what is happening to the birds and their habitats, which requires regular counts.
TSE celebrated the IBD by counts of birds in Armash and Ourts mountains, which gave a huge variety of waterbirds including Ducks (Common Pochards, Garaganeys, Teals, and others), Waders (Ruff, White-tailed Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-winged Stilt and others), Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Gulls, and others, as well as good numbers of semi-desert birds, such as Finsch's, Isabelline, and Persian Wheatears, Larks, Finches, Hoopoes, Chukars, and others.
Happy International Bird Day!
15-19 March 2019.
TSE NGO participated in International Conference "The Rufford Foundation for biodiversity research and conservation in Central Asia and Caucasus". The meeting held in Aksu-Zhabagly Biosphere Nature Reserve, Kazakhstan and gathered together the biodiversity experts from 6 countries. TSE NGO presented the project related to development of network of Prime Butterfly Areas in Armenia, and made contribution in round-table discussions "Community Engagement into Biodiversity Conservation", "Issues of Protected Areas", "Obstacles and opportunities of collaboration between nature protection organizations".
17 February 2019.
Great Backyard Bird Count became true at the first time for Armenia.
The count was implemented in Botanical Garden of Yerevan, and participated by 14 volunteers. The following species have been recorded:
Armenian Gull - 8, Common Kestrel - 1, Syrian Woodpecker - 1, Blackbird - 8, Fieldfare - 2, Redwing - 1, Great Tit - 12, Blue Tit - 6, Brambling - 1, Chaffinch - 2, Yellowhammer - 9, Jay - 9, Magpie - 34, Hooded Crow - 1, Raven - 2.
20 January 2019.
Midwinter Waterbird Count was implemented in Armash wetlands, and participated by 13 volunteers. The following species have been recorded:
Little Grebe - 1; Pygmy Cormorant - 1270; White Stork - 160; Little White Egret - 2; Great White Egret - 8; Gray Heron - 6; Great Bittern - 3; Common Shelduck - 8; Mallard - 270; Northern Pintail - 1; Teal - 405; Common Pochard - 130; Marsh Harrier - 4; Northern Lapwing - 28; Spur-winged Lapwing - 2; Green Sandpiper - 2; Armenian Gull - 50; Common Black-headed Gull - 1; Chaffinch - 1; Robin - 1; Bearded Reedling - 50; Penduline Tit - 1; Reed Bunting - 5.
The most interesting finding is the couple of Spur-winged Plovers record in winter - first time in Armenia - see the further article at News.Am.
18 January 2019.
TSE participated the stakeholders workshop: Towards development of Armenian biodiversity, ecosystems and their service information system; together with over 30 experts; which have valuated that idea of development single integrated information system, which will store and manage data on Armenian Biological Diversity, providing various opportunities for data use and sharing.
The workshop was organized by Bio-resources Management Agency of Ministry of Nature Protection and German organization for International Cooperation (GIZ).
4-6 December 2018.
TSE together with number of State and Non Governmental Conservation Organizations from six countries of Caucasus Region participated in the Ecoregional Conservation Planning workshop, where helped in further designation of Key Biodiversity Areas (plus Bridge Areas) and in setting up the next five-years conservation plan. The workshop was hosted by WWF Georgia.
15 November 2018.
On behalf of IUCN Bird Red Least Authority:
The Red List update was released today, including many changes to the bird assessments. All the comments posted on the GTB Forums during this latest round of discussions were very useful. The received input is vital to the process of conducting Red List assessments and, along with comments posted in previous rounds, has helped to reach recommended categorization for species in the 2018 update. However, there remain some forum topics for species that require further input, and these remain open for comment on the GTB Forums.
30 October 2018.
Who ever has been in the high rocky mountains of Armenia should remember the whistle of amazing species - Caspian Snowcock. Now the species account on this bird is released to become a part of Armenian Bird Atlas. See here.
7 October 2018.
Armenian Birdwatching Association joined Eurobirdwatch and organized the excursion in Armash Wetlands, with the aim of counting the migratory waterbirds. Number of Herons, Egrets, Shorebirds, and Passerines were observed.
31 August 2018.
Another step for European Breeding Bird Atlas 2. Populations of all the breeding species of Armenia were calculated, based on 2013-2018 observations.
26 June 2018.
New update of the Checklist to Birds of Armenia, containing 374 species is published. See it here.
27 May 2018.
Another step towards Atlas "The State of Breeding Birds of Armenia" - the species account on Levant Sparrowhawk is released.
25 May 2018.
New update of the Checklist to Birds of Armenia, containing 373 species is published. See it here.
12 May 2018.
Egyptian Vulture is a Globally Endangered species with quite a significant population in Caucasus, which requires regular monitoring of breeding pairs. This year, ABCC in cooperation with BirdLife International and SABUKO (Society for Nature Conservation, Georgia) are implementing a regional project aimed at re-inventory of Egyptian Vulture's numbers in Armenia and Georgia. The project is supported by volunteers from Dansk Ornitologisk Forening / Birdlife Denmark.
6 May 2018.
The Global Big Day in Aragats was quite rainy. Despite on that the members of Armenian Birdwatching Association have observed quite a lot of different species: Honey, Steppe, and Long-legged Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Roller, European Bee-eater, Common Swift, Hoopoe, Wood Pigeon, Crested Lark, Wood Lark, Skylark, White Wagtail, Barn Swallow, Crag Martin, Red-backed Shrike, Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush, Blackbird, Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, Isabeline Wheatear, Norhtern Wheatear, Black Redstart, Great Tit, Rock Bunting, Ortoline Bunting, Corn Bunting, House Sparrow, Red-billed Chough, Hooded Crow, and Magpie. Join our events on Facebook.
14 April 2018.
Over 40 members of Armenian Birdwatching Association celebrated the International Bird Day in Armash wetlands, observing birds and implementing bird counts at six location. Over 5,000 individuals of shorebirds, gulls, terns, herons, spoonbills, ibises, ducks, raptors, and passerines were observed, with help of our great members. Among rare birds of Armenia the following species have been recorded: White-tailed Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Phalarope, and Spur-winged Plover (!). Join our events on Facebook.
6 February 2018.
The Turtle Dove was recently added into international Red List and it is right time to describe its state in Armenia and assess its conservation status. The species account on Turtle Dove was just released.
5 February 2018.
In 2017 over 130 people took active part in collecting data, making photos on birds and their habitats, reporting about injury or poaching cases on birds and so on. With a big gratitude, the list of contributors is published at the Downloads section (scroll down until 2017_List_of_Contributors)
30 January 2018.
Another step towards Atlas "The State of Breeding Birds of Armenia" With the account on Griffons the block of Vultures was finished.
1 January 2018.
New year with new species! The account on Sombre Tit was published.
20 December 2017.
One step closer to the Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia: the species account on Northern Lapwing was published.
24 November 2017.
The history of Bird Studies in Armenia starts in early 20th century. The section Bibliography was added to the site with the main aim to provide a comprehensive information about studies of birds in the country.
18 November 2017.
Next step towards Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia: the species account on Lesser Spotted Eagle is released.
11 November 2017.
Next step towards Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia: the species account on Eurasian Black Vulture is released.
3 November 2017.
Experts of ABCC gave an interview to News.AM about illegal killing of Raptors and particularly Vultures. See the article: "Punishments for killing Raptors in Armenia do not scare potential poachers" (in Russian).
5 October 2017. Another step towards Atlas on Breeding Birds of Armenia: the species account on White-headed Duck was released. It will contribute in development of the Species Action Plan in frames of African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement.
24-30 September 2017. Armenian Bird Census - TSE helped in organization of Batumi Eagle Festival 2017. The Festival was organized by Batumi Raptor Count, Batumi Birding, and SABUCO, was including daily organised visits and excursions to raptor watchpoints and other region's birding sites, as well as evening workshops and presentations by top speakers.
10 July 2017. Next step towards Atlas: the species account on Semi-collared Flycatcher was released.
17 June 2017.
Experts of ABCC gave an interview to News.AM about Pelicans. See the article: "Pelicans - the largest birds of Armenia" (in Russian).
2 June 2017.
Birding Armenia Club was transferred into Armenian Birdwatching Association
Number of members of the Birding Armenia Club is consistently increasing, and already exceeds 1,400. Half of the members are from foreign countries. The activities of this group are moving out of the borders of Armenia.
Therefore it was decided to transfer the Club into Armenian Birdwatching Association. The decision was discussed with the members of the group and found no objections.
27 May 2017. The account on Ferruginous Pochard is released.
16 May 2017. The account on White-tailed Lapwing is released.
1 April 2017, for the International Bird Day.
Birdwatching destinations in Armenia: Armash
Armash fish-farm was established in 1972 and became a refuge for huge number of waterbirds, including over 60 species, which disappeared from Lake Sevan due to decrease of water level and drainage of Gilli wetlands. It hosts globally endangered White-headed Duck, Marbled Teal, Ferruginous Pochard, as well as locally endangered White-tailed Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, and Persian Bee-eater. Armash is becoming one of the most spectacular places in Armenia for birdwatching, as it combines variety of wetland and semi-desert habitats, and therefore provides ample opportunities on bird observations and making great photos. Since 2006 our group was able to open the place for birdwatchers, increasing its popularity and increasing its conservation value.
20 March 2017. The account on Egyptian Vulture is released.
1 March 2017. The account on Golden Eagle is released.
10 February 2017. The account on Bearded Vulture is released.
1 February 2017. First species account on White Storks is released. This is first step towards Atlas Book - the State of Breeding Birds of Armenia.
September 2016. ABCC participated the Bird Numbers 2016 International Conference at Halle, Germany, where gave oral presentation: Bird Studies in Armenia: Past, Present, Future.
July 2016. Experts of ABCC gave an interview to News.AM about Vultures. See the article: "Griffons, Lammergeiers, Egyptian Vultures, diversity of breeding vultures of Armenia may attract tourists" (in Russian).
June 2016. Experts of ABCC gave an interview to News.AM about White Storks. See the article: "White Storks: number of wintering birds continues growing" (in Russian).
"Birding Armenia" - the first Birdwatching Club was founded in Armenia on 7th of June. See regular updates of the Club's activities at the Facebook Page.
Caucasus Regional Workshop of European Breeding Bird Atlas 2, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2016
July 2015. Experts of ABCC gave an interview to News.AM about the research on White Storks. See the article: "Fledglings of Whites Storks will help scientists to know more about Storks' population" (in Russian).
Annual Workshop of European Breeding Bird Atlas 2, Mikulov, Czech, 2015
Initial Workshop of European Breeding Bird Atlas 2, Barcelona, Spain, 2013