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After reconstruction, ornithological station of Ventė Cape

2015-07-29

Tomorrow, 30 July, the ornithological station of Ventė Cape will open, now that the reconstruction is complete. The guests of the opening ceremony will include Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of the Environment.

Ventė Cape is a unique location on the Lithuanian shoreline, as it intersects the migration path of birds of the Baltic Sea area. When the conditions for bird migration are favourable, up to 300,000 migrating birds (and sometimes more) fly over the Ventė Cape on any given day. Originally, the ornithological station of Ventė Cape with the purpose of bird ringing was established in 1929; in 1978 to 1979, bird traps, the largest of their type in Europe, were designed and erected successfully. Ever since the opening of the ornithological station (till 2014), some 2.5 million birds have been ringed on the site.

According to the Minister of the Environment, “the ornithological station build over 80 years ago was focused on bird catching and ringing; it was unsuitable for such flows of visitors coming to see it. I am glad to see that today this exceptional facility, placed in a picturesque setting and lying on the migration paths of flocks of birds, to be fully adapted and open to visitors”.

Implementation of the project co-funded by the European Union and the national budget included erection and installation of the visitors’ centre, presentation of an exposition dedicated to the bird migration, development of an IT system, adjustment of the surrounding environment to visitors, and development of an infrastructure for visitors. Observation paths in place will facilitate control of movement of visitors and shall ensure both unrestricted migration of birds and the ringing operations.

The centre of visitors presents some interesting facts on the ringing of birds in Lithuania and elsewhere, as well as the history of the ringing station of the Ventė Cape. An extra-large screen streams videos introducing visitors to the migration and ringing of birds. The exposition also features stuffed birds. The observation deck commands great views of the Curonian spit, the Curonian lagoon, and the Nemunas Delta.

Public information division
29/07/2015

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