In the period from 18.10. to 18.10.2021. two more workshops were organized, dedicated to strengthening the capacity for monitoring of protected and endangered bird species in the nature park “Piva” in Montenegro, and in the nature park “Blidinje” in Bosnia and Herzegovina afterward.
The lecturer at the workshops was Tomaž Mihelič from DOPPS, and the workshops were dedicated to improving the specific skills of protected area employees, representatives of the NGO sector in the field of environmental protection, as well as representatives of state and local institutions working to protect biodiversity in the project area.
Workshop participants had the opportunity to learn all about playback methods used in monitoring mountain (Dendrocopos leucotos) and three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), as well as other species related to forest habitats. In addition, demonstrative bird ringing stations were organized, in which participants had the opportunity to practice bird ringing, as well as to learn about the monitoring that is conducted in this way, through the implementation of the complete bird ringing process by working in groups.
In the framework of the theoretical part of the workshops, the development and implementation of Species Management Plans for protected/endangered bird species was presented, followed by the results of capture and telemetry monitoring of capercaillies (Tetrao urogallus) and rock partridge (Alectoris graeca) within the Bear in Mind project.
The last day of the workshop is dedicated to the construction and installation of houses for three species of owls whose populations are monitored as part of this project, their purpose and examples of monitoring of nesting in houses in protected areas in Serbia and Slovenia.
Participants from various sectors ensured a good and quality discussion during the workshop.