Become a Volunteer

Call for volunteers

Bird count and monitoring in CWR /FPWC: May 27 to June 5, or July 1 to July 10, 2019.

Volunteers are welcomed to take part in Bird count and monitoring activities of protected areas in Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR), which is established to conserve rear and endemic biodiversity of Armenia, wildlife migratory corridors and work as a buffer zone for Khosrov national Reserve.

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

And around 150 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 Bezoar Goat, Armenian Mouflon, Caucasian Lynx, Syrian Bear and if very, very luck Persian Leopard.

Area is unique with the diversity of flowers as well. Regional and country endemics could be observed.

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.

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

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

Please, note, that hosting organization does not cover travel costs.

The contribution for this volunteering opportunity is 500 euros per person for 10 days, that will be used to cover the expenses of the monitoring.

Dates: May 24 to June 2, or July 1 to July 10.

To apply send a free form message to info@araves.org.

For more information and details you can contact to above mentioned email as well.