Although EBBA2 fieldwork season is finished, in the 2018 additional gap filling will happen in European Russia. Help them to collect funds by choosing to sponsor one of the below species!
Why is mapping of European Russia crucial for EBBA2?
European Russia covers a vast area and makes 35% of the overall territory of Europe. There are areas within Russia that are literally ornithologists free – no one ever reached them in recent times in order to see which bird species can be found there. During the EBBA2 period, Russian colleagues, led by Mikhail Kalyakin and Olga Voltzit, have made an incredible progress in mapping birds across Russia – nicely visible from the maps of covered areas below!
Mapped areas January 2013
Mapped areas December 2014
Mapped areas March 2015
Mapped areas February 2016
Mapped areas January 2017
Mapped areas February 2018
What is planned for 2018 fieldwork?
Our colleagues have managed to do an incredible chunk of work, but there are still quite big gaps that can be filled. The Russian volunteers are prepared to go to these areas to map birds and their enthusiasm to do this work is incredible, which is also reflected in the maps shown above. The areas where mapping of birds is still needed are often not easily reachable, and expenses only to get there can be extremely high – especially if you need to rent a helicopter to reach your destination! The fieldwork is planned between May and July and we need to act quickly to provide them the support.
What is needed now?
In order to help them reach these vast and far away areas, and to better understand the overall species distribution in Europe, we need to collect additional funds for fieldwork in Russia this year. Estimated costs are up to 9000 euros, and we need to act soon in order for them to manage this on time.
If you wish to contribute directly to help our Russian colleagues, you can do so by using our EBBA2 species sponsorship platform and donating for species of conservation concern that have the majority of their population in Russia. Simply choose one of the species listed below!
NEWSFLASH VIDEO 1: Mikhail Kalyakin, one of two Russian coordinators, explains the importance of mapping in Russia on European level, where the expeditions are planned in 2018, and how you can support them
VIDEO 2: Åke Lindström, from Lund University in Sweden, explains why 12 authors of the book “Fåglarna i Sverige – antal och förekomst” decided to provide one of the first supports for Russian atlas in 2013
Species for sponsorship of Russian expeditions in 2018
Species of global conservation concern with the majority of their population in Russia (source Birdlife International, 2017)