One of the aims of the Delta Birding Festival is to collect money to research and conservation projects. In the last year, thanks to the ticket selling and the implication of the visitors, we have collected more than 20.000€ and give them to projects like the European Breeding Bird Atlas or the studies of the European turtle dove, among others.
The projects presented to the call must be dedicated to one of the next key areas of nature conservation:
- Scientific studies about the ecology or the biology of threatening bird species, declining species or species with not enough information to know what its conservation status is.
- Specific conservation projects of threatened bird species or declining species.
- Projects and studies about problems that affect birds or their habitats.
Until now, the organization of the DBF decided which project would win the money. From 2019 edition on, the festival’s visitors will be the ones that decide which is the winner project. With this novelty, we want to implicate even more the visitors of the festival, making them part of the project itself and promote the presented projects.
So, this year visitors have voted among the four finalists projects previously chosen by Delta Birding Festival Organization Committee.
The organization have given information to the visitors of all the finalist projects with instructions to choose the winner.
Finally, the species that has flown higher has been the Egyptian Vulture. The conservation project presented by the Conservation Biology Team from the University of Barcelona has been the winner.
The project titled “Estat de conservació de la població d’aufrany (Neophron percnopterus) a la Catalunya central i oriental: cens, èxit reproductor i supervivència.” has as main objective to improve the knowledge about this threatened species’ demography and conservation.
The amount of the prize was determined by ticket selling and the implication of the visitors, but the Organization Committee guarantees at least 2000€.