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A TOTAL SUCCESS OF DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL 2ND EDITION

Delta Birding Festival, which took place from 18th to 20th September at MónNatura Delta, closes its second Edition with a great attendance success, with near 2000 people participating in more than 100 activities offered during the festival, standing out conferences, workshops, ship tours, photography safaris or activities for beginners. We can outline Hadoram Shirihai presentation,…

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AND AFTER THE FESTIVAL… WHAT?

New at birding? Attending the DBF just to see what’s there for you? Will you do the “Take flight” tours? Will you dare with the boat trips? And after that, How are you gonna get really introduced to the world of birding? You must know that the Catalan Ornithological Institute, DBF co-organizer, does courses and…

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IF YOU CANNOT COME TODAY, COME TOMORROW FOR ONLY 3€

If you cannot come today, you can tomorrow for only 3€ An ideal day for families and local public with activities prepared for kids. The final highlight will be the release of species recovered by the Natural Park, and we would like to share it with lots of children! Remember that you can also have…

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A FESTIVAL WITH A DELTA FLAVOR

Delta de l’Ebre is not only birds and landscape! One of its most characteristic elements is the food, and in the festival  we have prepared for you a tasting of the Delta cuisine, on Saturday and Sunday, without leaving the site. There is no need to miss any activity or lecture! You can buy a…

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RELEASE OF RECOVERED BIRDS

In the Delta del Ebro Natural Park you can find the Canal Vell Wildlife Recovery Centre which objective is to recover wild animals that have been injured by natural causes or human activities. In 2014 a total of 450 animals, of which roughly half of them were birds, where taken care of in the centre….

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PRESENTATION OF “TOCATS DE L’ALA”, THE TV3 PROGRAMME ABOUT BIRDS AND BIRDERS

On Saturday 19 the TV3 13 episode documentary series “Tocats de l’ala” will be presented after its premiere that very same day. Its authors, Fúlvia Nicolàs and Joan Pavia will detail how the programme was made, who participated and how they participated, the incidents of the shooting and how the idea of a series about…

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A WINE TASTING IN FAVOUR OF THE BIRDS

Sant Josep Vins offers a solidary tasting of 3 wines of DO Terra Alta with Hadoram Shirihai! Take the opportunity and win a bottle with a exclusive label personally signed by H. Shirihai. For every bottle you buy, we will destine 2€ to the conservation project of the festival.

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ECOTOURISM AND CONSERVATION

During the Festival 5 successful ecotourism case studies based on biodiversity conservation will be presented. One of them is a web site (www.arrelia.cat) that comes out from several ecotourism initiatives located in areas where land stewardship agreements have been achieved. A good example is the Sebes Nature Reserve, in the village of Flix. All other…

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AN EVENT WITH STRONG INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS

Showcase local natural and cultural values is among the Delta Birding Festival objectives. The Ebro Delta is a unique site concerning not only biodiversity but also landscape, gastronomy and overall services always provided by this land’s main asset: its people. Many local companies are supporting the Festival as an opportunity to strengthen and position the…

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COME TO THE FESTIVAL WITH YOUR FAMILY!

At Delta Birding we want you to enjoy our wide programme of activities, conferences and workshops. Families are very welcome, hence the programme also includes bird related activities addressed to children. Under the wing of Picampall (the Delta Ornithological Association) kids will learn all about the Delta’s most emblematic bird species: flamingos. We will also…

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DO YOU WANT TO STROLL AROUND DELTA WITH AN ELECTRICAL BICYCLE?

Deltacleta will be present at the festival offering 2 hour tours in electrical bicycle around Tancada. Bikes, equipped with GPS, binoculars and a birds small guide, will be ready to rent at a symbolic 10€ fee to make a tour around Tancada lagoon and to watch its rich biodiversity. A different and comfortable way to…

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SECOND HAND MINI-MARKET OF OPTICS

    Bring your old binoculars to the festival and we will try to find a buyer for them. ORYX, the optics delaer of the Delta Birding Festival, will display your old binoculars or telescope and will sell them on behalf of you to any interested person. A fee of the 15% of the selling…

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AFRICAN CONTINENT PRESENT AT THE FESTIVAL

Morocco, Senegal and Uganda will be present at 2015 festival. Ignacio Yúfera will talk about his book “Birds from Morocco”, a spectacular big format book. Juan Carlos Albero, from Emberiza, will talk about Senegal as an ornithological destiny, unknown by most “birders”. And lastly, Tony Byarugaba, will present Uganda’s possibilities to be able to watch…

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INTRODUCTION OF TWO NEW APPS DURING THE FESTIVAL

During the Festival two new APPS will be introduced. Firstly, Lynx Edicions, through Josep del Hoyo will introduce the Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive,  which is a new ornithological resource at the Internet that contains HBW updated information, the great encyclopaedia about the birds of the wold. On the other hand, “Pajarear…

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AUTHORS WILL SIGN BOOKS AT ORYX STAND DURING THE FESTIVAL

    Nine different authors, like Hadoram Shirihai, Dick Forsman, Markus Varesvuo, Conor Jameson, Juan Varela and Toni Llobet will be signing books at different scheduled times at ORYX stand. Please check the timetable and what books will you find at special prices in ORYX stand.    

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WORKSHOP ON DIGITAL NATURALIST DRAWING WITH A GREAT MASTER

Toni Llobet, one of the best nature artist in the world, renowed for his great drawings at the world-class Handbook of the Mammals of the World by Lynx, will show us his techniques to produce accurate protraits of birds and other animals or plants with a graphic tablet. Assistants will have the opportunity of try…

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ORNITHOLOGY, A GENERAL IMPORTANCE ISSUE

Generalitat de Catalunya, through Direcció General de Medi Natural (Environmental General Department), will make the opening speech of the Festival. In particular, Ricard Gutiérrez, acknowledged biologist very close to Ebro Delta, will talk about ecology, endangered species and new conservation challenges for XXI century. He will try to answer questions such as why are now…

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“BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT”: AN ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTARY

New York’s Central Park is an immense green island in an even more immense sea of concrete but the city of the skyscrapers lies in the way of a first class migration route on the East cost of the USA and dozens of millions of birds overfly it every spring and autumn in their journeys…

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“BIRD NOTEBOOK” A DOCUMENTARY OF NINE SPECIES

“Bird Notebook” by Peter Valverde,  is a documentary made by this naturalist. For three years he has recorded with high speed cameras nine species of birds in the area where he lives (Segovia). Spectacular images and didactic orientations.

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“A WORLD OF FEATHERS” THE AUDIOVISUAL OF THE DETAILS

    “A world of feathers” is an audiovisual where the author (Xavier Martinez) captures special details of these admired animals: a gesture, a look, textures, environment …. moments and emotions. All in all a taste of his passion, where he wants to convey love and respect for nature in general and particularly for birds….

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25 YEARS OF THE ALOSA BIRD SOUNDS GUIDES

    Eloïsa Matheu, who has been running ALOSA, will talk about the role of bird songs in ornithology and will run a practical workshop to learn about them. Considering that now we are completely immersed in the digital and internet era, things have changed a lot on how to approach the topic.

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THE GHOST OF THE FOREST

Conor Jameson is a feature writer, author and conservationist that works in the RSPB. With his first book “The Silent Spring Revisited”, he explored the legacy of Rachel Carson, who first raised the alarm over the perils of pesticides sweeping across Britain and America and the demise of songbirds. In this talk, Conor explains his…

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HEAT ENGINES UP FOR THE ORNITHO-SWAROVSKI RACE!

Are a 2.300€ pair of binoculars a good motivation to go out birding? Clearly, birders don’t need to be given away anything to go to the field and for many of us neither is introducing our observations in Ornitho but the truth is that a pair of SWAROVSKI EL 10 x 42  binoculars is a…

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FEATHERS AND COLOURS. BIRDS’ ILLUSTRATORS AT EBRO LANDS

  Terres de l’Ebre Museum joins the events related to Delta Birding Festival and from 17th September to 29th November, will exhibit at its facilities in Amposta “Feathers and colours. Birds’ illustrators at Ebro lands” exhibition.   A free exhibition that will show the illustration of Toni Térmens, Francesc Curto, Joan Antonio Muyàs and Albert…

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BIRD MARATHONS, BIG YEARS AND OTHER FORMS OF ACTIVE BIRDING

Is birding adrenalinic or relaxing? It’s up to you. You can take your hobby as a contemplative, quiet hobby to enjoy the scenery and the sensations that nature gives to us but it can also mean racing to watch a rarity, driving hundreds of kilometers just to watch a bird or spend 24 hours non-sleeping…

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THE ALFACADA LAGOON: MONITORING AND CONSERVATION IN PROCESS

Last year, the DBF managed to raise money to start a monitoring project in the Alfacada Lagoon and a neighboring piece of land called El Violí, an area of old rice fields that will be recovered as a natural space by means of a LIFE project, participated by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera. Since the end…

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40 YEARS OF WILDLIFE ART

      Juan Varela is one of the most highlighted wildlife artists in Spain. Coinciding with the Delta Birding Festival he will celebrate his 40 years devoted to the naturalist art and will present us a review of his activity, since his first steps until the recent publication of a new manual of wildlife…

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THREE EUROPEAN CONSERVATION PROJECTS RUN BY THE RSPB

      Carles Carboneras will explain us the development of three important conservation projects in the RSPB. One of them about the conservation of migratory little birds, some of them killed by thousands at certain Mediterranean countries.

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BIRDS OF PREY AND FOUNDATION NATURAL SITES NET

MónNatura Delta, location of the Festival is a facility managed by Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera, although Fundació manages a net of 25 Natural Sites. Amongst which we highlight 3 for its close relationship with birds of prey. MónNatura Pirineus, at Pallars Sobirà, a facility that will let you live Pyrenees as you have never…

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THE “MIGRA” PROGRAM OF SEO/BirdLife

    Javier de la Puente and Ana Bermejo are running one of the most interesting scientific programs of SEO/Birdlife. They are using the latest technologies on tagging birds to understand their migration activity. They will present the results obtained with white storks, Booted Eagles and Rollers.

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DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL, A CHANCE TO ENJOY TERRITORY

  Ebro Delta is more than a birding paradise, it is also a gastronomic Paradise and many of the area facilities joined the festival initiative offering special pricing conditions during the Festival celebration. Check these hotels and restaurants at festival web page and consider it when you make your booking. Enjoy the Festival! Enjoy Delta!

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TRAIL CAMERAS WORKSHOP

  Alfred Encuentra, biologist specialized in wildlife, will present a review of the practical use of trail cameras. His experience allow him explain many tricks and show the results that he has obtained. Herons fishing at night, the activity of a prech or peregrine falcons or the adventures of the otters that recently have settled…

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GAMEBIRDS OF SCANDINAVIA

      Capercailles, Black Grouses, Hazel Grouses and Ptamirgans have been the latest goal of one of the most famous bird photographers of the world, Markus Varesvuo. In his presentation we will see a selection of his latest work on this group of birds.

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PICAMPALL, TWO VERY SPECIAL WORKSHOPS FOR DBF’2015

Picampall, an Ebro Delta birding association, takes part in l Delta Birding Festival with two workshops, one of aimed at small children. With “CSI: Delta pellets”, aimed at all kind of people, we will get into pellets fascinating world, regurgitated by raptors. What does it hide inside Karin Van der Broek, from Picampall, will give…

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QUERCUS TIME, A UNIQUE WATCHING FROM THE VIEWPOINT

  Quercus magazine wants to participate this year at Delta Birding Festival in a different way!   Therefore, on Saturday, at sunset, they suggest a unique watching from MónNatura Delta’s 360º viewpoint.   All their readers and all visitors that want to join the group are invited to enjoy this watching commented by the magazine…

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GARDEN WILDLIFE

  To create a garden for wildlife is a very good way to start as a naturalist. The workshop will be run by, Jaume Sañé, a wildlife broadcaster who has transformed his house and his garden in a really heaven for birds and other animals thanks of a good design, the plantation of suitable trees…

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SEO/Birdlife TAKES PART AT DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

On Saturday and Sunday SEO/Birdlife organizes at its Riet Vell Reserve some activities complementary to those developed at MónNatura Delta during the festival. Thus, some commented watching will take place at early morning from Riet Vell’s Swarovski observatory, participatory activities combining rice world with birds or talks and child games about bird migration. All activities…

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BOAT TRIP “A RIVER OF BIRDS”

On Festival’s Saturday, a river trip up the Ebro river in search of birds is available for visitors. Probably, this activity is not considered as a first option for the dedicated birder who moves to the Ebro Delta in search of water birds or seabirds. However, this trip can yield interesting surprises, as last year’s….

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L’ALFACADA, A DELTA SECRET PARADISE

Alfacada lagoon is a secret place, inaccessible and very reach in biodiversity. A place with an unseen bird spectacle that during Delta Birding Festival open its doors to be discovered! At the end of the walk, there will be a practical session of scientific ringing. There are three visits programmed with 25 vacancies each. Bushnell…

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PHOTO SAFARI

Saturday and Sunday early morning and lead by Santi Martorell, technician from Ebro Delta Natural Park, there will be a photographic tour throughout Delta. The meeting point will be MónNatura Delta entrance and you will move by private vehicle. These journeys will also count on CANON sponsoring and Antonio Liébana’s presence, an expert naturalistic photographer…

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INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP ON DIGISCOPING, VIDEOSCOPING AND PHONESCOPING

    Run by Marcos Lacasa, Nature photographer and expert on raptors, it will be basically a practice workshop. He will present the latest options on scopes, adaptors and cameras, but he also will explain the basic principles of how to use properly any kind of scope and camera.

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DANIEL LOPEZ VELASCO, THE GLOBAL BIRDWATCHER AND FAMOUS BIRDQUEST GUIDE

Dani, even though is a young man, has travelled to many different countries in search of new bird species. Combined with his excellent observation skills and great hability in identifying the most difficult species, has allowed him to become one of the most active bird guide of the prestigious Birdquest travel agency, side by side…

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MONNATURA DELTA WELCOMES FOR THE SECOND YEAR DELTA BIRDING FESTIVAL

MonNatura Delta, welcomes Delta Birding Festival for the second consecutive year, the only International birding festival that takes place in Catalonia. During three days (18th, 19th and 20th September), the center will open its doors to all those people who buy the ticket for the Festival Many activities for all ages are ready for all…

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THE LYNX ID CHALLENGE, THE FESTIVAL AT ITS PEAK FOR X-TREME BIRDERS

Last year saw the birth of the first edition of the Lynx ID Challenge in the Delta Birding Festival, a contest at the level of those who are really mad about the ID of birds in the frontier of what humans are able to recognize. 40 species of birds, with photos, videos and sounds marched…