SPAIN TO COORDINATE BIRD NETWORK

The Migres Foundation in Tarifa is to coordinate a network of more than 150 observatories that keep a track of bird migrations. The European Network of Bird Migrations and Climate Change, which is sponsored by the Council of Europe, will receive analyses and observations from the 54 countries that signed the Berne Convention. Migres Foundation president, Miguel Ferrer, who is also a researcher at the Doñana Biology Station is one of the Council’s biodiversity experts who pushed for a single databank for all the observatories scattered across the Old Continent which not only keep track of the birds but also of the effects that climate change has one them. The countries already participating in the project – Sweden, Scotland, Holland, Gibraltar, Italy Israel, France, Greece, Spain and Turkey – possess between them scientific data that goes back more than 25 years. The network will be fully functioning by -February next year.

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