Kızılır­mak Delta: A heaven for bird watch­ers

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

THE KIZILIRMAK Delta Bird Sanctuary, which is on the Ten­ta­tive World Her­itage List of United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO), is ready to wel­come bird watch­ers.

The bird sanctuary hosts 356 mi­gra­tory birds on its 56,000-hectare area on the bor­ders of the 19 Mayıs, Bafra and Alaçam dis­tricts.

In the Kızılır­mak delta, where the On­dokuz Mayıs Univer­sity (OMU) Or­nitho­log­i­cal Re­search Cen­ter is lo­cated, bird ring­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has been con­ducted for 16 years.

Vanel­lus cinereus birds, which are grey-headed and live in the Far East, are the lat­est species ob­served for the first time in Turkey and Europe in the delta, which is one of the most im­por­tant wet­lands in the coun­try.

The Samsun Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­mol­ished un­li­censed con­struc­tions in the field and built bird ob­ser­va­tion tow­ers and vis­i­tor cen­ters to pro­tect nat­u­ral life and in­crease the num­ber of bird pho­tog­ra­phers and na­ture lovers vis­it­ing the field.

Wildlife ex­pert and bird watcher Emin Yoğurtcuoğlu, who has seen 433 of the 485 bird species in Turkey and man­aged to pho­to­graph 431, took pho­tos of the Kızılır­mak Delta.

Yoğurtcuoğlu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he ad­mires the Kızılır­mak Delta Bird Sanctuary.

Since the delta houses many bird species, he in­vites bird watch­ers to the delta and said this place where nat­u­ral life is pro­tected should be seen.

“I am happy to see that great ef­forts were made to pro­tect nat­u­ral life and to pro­vide a proper en­vi­ron­ment for an­i­mals with the works of the Samsun Metropoli­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The delta has many habi­tats with un­be­liev­able diver­sity. I will make a pre­sen­ta­tion about the beau­ties of the delta on June 11 in Paris,” the ex­pert con­tin­ued.

Since bird ob­ser­va­tion has be­come a tourism at­trac­tion, Yoğurtcuoğlu said peo­ple travel to coun­tries to take pho­tos of new bird species.

He said that be­cause Turkey has a rich habi­tat, bird watch­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers pre­fer the coun­try, adding, “Many peo­ple in the world deal with this job. One per­cent of them travel to see birds. Bird ob­ser­va­tion is sus­tained as a cul­ture in the U.S., U.K., Canada and many other coun­tries in Europe and de­vel­oped with cam­eras in the Far East. Na­ture and bird ob­ser­va­tions are a kind of evolved hunt­ing. The only dif­fer­ence is that the an­i­mals that you ob­serve do not die, and you have data in ev­ery ob­ser­va­tion.” The ex­pert added peo­ple in many coun­tries tran­si­tioned from hunt­ing to bird ob­ser­va­tion and in­ter­est in this field in­creases ev­ery year.

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