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Regional Bird Contest Supported by NTG

Sasha Solakchieva from “Otec Paisii” Secondary School in Kardzhali took the first place at the regional stage of the Bird contest on June 15th in Haskovo. She was followed by Yoana Mitkova from “Neofit Rilski” Secondary School in Harmanli and Hristina Hristova from “Otec Paisii” Secondary School in Kardzhali. They demonstrated remarkable knowledge about the birds, their biology, ecology and conservation status and deservedly won in the tough competition, Volen Arkumarev from BSPB told NTG website.

This year, 25 students from Haskovo, Dimitrovgrad, Kardzhali, Harmanli, Kirkovo, Chernoochene, Benkovski and Potochnitsa reached the regional stage of the Bird contest after successfully passing the first level. The final competition consisted of two parts – theoretical and practical. The theoretical part was a test and in the practical part students showed their practical abilities in recognizing birds on picture. The accent fell on species which inhabit Eastern Rhodopes as one of the richest places, in terms of birds, in Bulgaria and the emblematic for the region Griffon and Egyptian vultures. The winners got special prizes – binoculars, camera and backpacks. There were posters, stickers and bird guides for everyone.

The first seven students are invited to take part in a nature conservation camp in Madzharovo and the winners in the Bird contest held in Bourgas will join them. They will spend six days in the heart of the Eastern Rhodopes and having the chance to get in touch with its fascinating nature, wildlife and the nature conservation.

The Bird contest has been organized by BSPB since 1999. This year, it was conducted with the support of New Thracian Gold project.


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