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A centre of ornithology currently developed in Dzūkija to serve educational purposes

2017-08-25

A new centre of ornithology currently set up by the directorate of Dzūkija National Park and Čepkeliai State Strict Nature Reserve in Varėna region, will be dedicated to education, rather than research. The numbers of admirers of the so-called ornithological tourism (i.e. bird watching) are growing across the globe.

Eimutis Gudelevičius, director of Dzūkija National Park and Čepkeliai State Strict Nature Reserve expects the centre to open its gates next year. The centre shall be situated in the vicinity of Merkinė, close to the Mergelės Akelės Lake, in a building owned by the directorate.

The centre will offer an opportunity to the public to discover birds commonly found in Dzūkija. Besides, a number of bird observation posts should also be installed on the other shore of the Nemunas River, accompanied by environmental management of two islands used for hatching by the common tern, a rare guest in Lithuania, and abundant population of the scolopacidae family.

According to Eimučio Gudelevičiaus, the bird watchers will have no impact on the existence of birds, since these nest mostly in a number of islands of the Nemunas River, and visitors will be watching them from the shore-based observation posts. The birds will consequently be separated from the public by the river.

Estimated costs of the major repairs of the building to house the centre, observation posts and a camping site exceed EUR 200,000. EU funding is expected to help implementing the project.

Public Communication Division
25/08/2017


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas