Become a Volunteer

Call for volunteers

ArAves NGO’s bird count and monitoring events of Y2020

  • Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh) from the 25th of May to the 3rd of June.
  • Caucasian Wildlife Refuge (CWR) (Ararat and Vayots Dzor Provinces, Armenia) from the 19th to the 29th of June.

Volunteers are welcomed to take part in bird count and monitoring activities at the biodiversity reach areas of South Caucasus.

In May, we will visit Artsakh Republic. The altitude changes rapidly in Artsakh, which creates large variety of habitats. The entire territory of Artsakh is included in Caucasus Biodiversity Hotspot.  It will be the first professionally designed bird count in Artsakh. The country is not well studied, in terms of wildlife. So, we aim to find the hotspot areas in terms of bird diversity, distribution, propose future monitoring scheme and conservation actions. Many breath-taking species and habitats will be observed, for sure! The new start for bird conservation and monitoring in Artsakh will begin.

In June, we’ll visit protected areas in CWR, which is established to conserve rare and endemic biodiversity of Armenia, wildlife migratory corridors and to work as a buffer zone for Khosrov National Reserve.

CWR is a privately protected area (PPA) of 30,000 hectares in Ararat and Vayots Dzor provinces of Armenia, which is established by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC). CWR is a part of the biodiversity hotspots of the Southern Caucasus. The landscape zones range from semi-deserts to alpine meadows.

A lot of interesting bird species could be observed in the territory (This includes the rarities like Caspian Snowcock, Lanner Falcon, all four species of Vultures, Eastern and Western Rock Nuthatches, Eastern Orphean Warbler, White-throated Warbler, 5 species of Wheatears, Desert and Trumpeter Finches and many, many others).

From mammals we can observe there: Bezoar Goat, Armenian Mouflon, Caucasian Lynx, Syrian Bear and if we’re extremely lucky we can encounter the Persian Leopard.

Both areas are unique with the diversity of flora, as well. Regional and country endemics could be observed.

Please see the bird-watching report from count Y2019 .

What we expect from volunteers:

  • Strong interest in birds and bird identification
  • Knowledge of English (At least B2 level)
  • Ability to walk 10-15 km in a day in different habitats and weather conditions
  • Willing to work in an international group
  • Ability to strongly follow the bird monitoring protocol.

Participation fee is:

Artsakh, May 25 to June 3, EUR 700 per PAX for 10 days

CWR, June 19-29, EUR 500 per PAX for 10 days

The hosting organization will provide you with accommodation and food, which will be organized in the local B&B’s. Traditional Armenian food, hot shower and all necessarily stuff are included.

The transportation for bird monitoring will be provided (organized with the help of CWR rangers: 4×4 cars), too.

Please, note, that the travel costs are not included.

To apply, please fill the form: Application to participate.

For more information and details please contact: siranush.tumanyan@araves.org