The environmentalist group Pinsapo organizes a course on introduction to ornithology called "Know Your Bird District" during the weekends of 20-21 and 27 and May 28. This course is sponsored by the Delegation of Environment of the Association of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol.
The need for this introductory course on bird watching is justified for the following reasons :
- The growing interest shown by citizens leisure contact with nature is becoming more palpable.
- The impact shown in the media by the alarm of avian flu that has taken a sensationalist treatment. Rather than providing solutions or to calm the population, we are filled with fear and ignorance.
Among the goals it intends to cover this course are:
- Instilling values of respect for nature through the case of birds.
- Establish a group of people loving birds to learn and work together to defend them and protect their habitats.
- Coordinate a volunteer group that performed the functions of "Keepers of birds in bird flu alert. As well as prevention and strengthening of early warning systems: Know the guidelines and steps to take before the onset of possible symptoms of avian influenza.
The "Know Your Bird District" wants to some knowledge, prevention and quiet on this issue. Because only with the preparation and accurate information can prevent the spread of the epidemic more dangerous ignorance and fear.
Develop and disseminate knowledge of birds and their ecological importance, since through knowledge is encouraged to participate in the defense and conservation of biodiversity and the natural environment, encouraging environmentally friendly behavior.
This course consists of a series of theoretical and practical, interactive workshop and field trips around for the training of volunteers to protect wild birds and monitor the occurrence of an outbreak or the appearance of avian influenza virus.
Theoretical activities - are interactive in the classroom and have some classes start studying and observing birds and knowledge of the symptoms of avian influenza.
These activities are supplemented with "Ornithological Tours," where they apply the knowledge acquired in the most representative ecosystems of the province of Laguna Fuentepiedra, mouth of the Guadalhorce, Sierra Bermeja and swamps and Crestellina turtles and Medrano. Excursions were installed in some nesting boxes during the course.
Within the methodology and the dynamics is to form a group of volunteers who altruistically, to conduct monitoring and control of wild birds within the activities carried out as usual in nature.
Those interested in participating can receive information or to register by May 18 on the phone: 692 92 61 66 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org