BSPB and Sofia Zoo in a joint event for children led by a volunteer from Puerto Rico

06.06.2015
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On the occasion of the Green Week the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds within the LIFE + project "The Return of the Neophron" jointly with the Environmental and Education and Research Centre of Sofia Zoo organized a workshop for children, dedicated to the Egyptian Vulture.

The BSPB volunteer Krisia Ayala from Puerto Rico presented to the children from the summer school of the Centre her interactive handmade picture book of the Nature in her country. The handbook included also various bird species, with its characteristic birdsongs. Additionally, she presented her latest project: The Migration Kit: “IF YOU HAD WINGS, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?” This project constitutes a workshop intended to empower individuals with various migratory experiences. The goal of the workshop is to give the participants a chance to talk about how migration has impacted their life, or someone’s close to them. The kit includes four toys, designed to be made out of paper and biodegradable materials: ornithopter, bird kite, origami bird note, origami boomerang.  The children were asked to draw a number of their associations with words like family, home, disease, health, happiness, sadness, etc., then they had to paint a picture of Egyptian vulture, which was later attached to the special flying structure - "ornithopter".

Krisia chose BSPB and the Egyptian vulture, because the species is the only distant migrant among vultures. “Looking at the migratory paths of one of the most important migratory species in the Mediterranean, the Egyptian Vulture, you can see that both paths merge, almost as if somehow both humans and birds understood that their only way of survival was through migration. I want to learn how the BSPB collects their data and what is their opinion about this kind of migratory behavior”, said Krisia.

The Sofia Zoo currently enjoyed another happy event connected with the species - the couple Egyptian vultures once again have a generation. This happens for the third time.

BSPB is grateful to Sofia Zoo for the assistance and to Krisia Ayala, who will devote two weeks to the children in Bulgaria.

Learn more about the European Green Week and the events that BSPB organizes in the country here.

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