LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel participated in the conference held on 20 May 2016 in the framework of the first Eco-Fest of Larissa about the value of traditional varieties. The Eco-Fest was organized by the Municipality of Larissa in collaboration with the University of Thessaly, the University of Applied Sciences of Thessaly, the Agronomist’s Association of Larissa, the Centers for Environmental Education of Kissavos, Elassona, Mavrovouni and several collectivities or groups of agriculturalists engaged into the preservation of traditional varieties and cultivars.
The LIFE project had its own stand there to talk about its actions concerning the promotion of local varieties of barley for the benefit of the Lesser Kestrel prey as well as the advantages of the “Lesser Kestrel friendly” certification for local agricultural products. Communication leaflets of the project were also distributed to the participants.
Conference program: http://www.larissa-dimos.gr/new/pdf/ΗΜΕΡΙΔΑ-20-5-2016.pdf
Greek Ornithological Society decided to celebrate this year's International Wetlands Day with an excursion for its members in the region around Karla lake.
Their program included a visit at the Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel at Kanalia village where mr. Vergos and mr. Polymeros shared information about the area and the species specifically.
Later that day, all members were invited in an event at the University of Thessaly that included two main speakers mr. Stavros Polymeros (from Greek Ornithological Society) and mr. Giorgos Catsadorakis. Furthermore, an overview of the LIFE Project for the Lesser Kestrel was given by mr. Christos Christakis - the project's co-ordinator, that including some initial results from the project's scientific activities.
LIFE project for the Lesser Kestrel has been hosted at the stand of Hellenic Ornithological Society, at Agrotica Exhibition that took place in Thessaloniki from 28th to 31st of January 2016.
Visitors of the exhibition have been informed about the Lesser Kestrel whereas many of those coming from Thessaly were already familiar with several activities of the project!
In 2015 more than 400 school students visited the Information Centre for the Lesser Kestrel, at the Kanalia village.
There, they had the opportunity to learn more about this species and discuss with the scientists of Karla's Lake Management Body.
LIFE Project for the Lesser Kestrel travelled to the town of Karditsa and participated in its 15th Ecofestival that was held from the 17th till the 20th September 2015.
During the ecofestival, project communication material has been disseminated at the Hellenic Ornithological Society kiosk, along with implementation of project environmental education activities during a special educational even, with the participation of 40 pupils. Overall, more than 1,500 people visited this year's Ecofestival.
LIFE Project for the Lesser Kestrel travelled to Montpellier from 2 to 6 August 2015 to participate at the 27th International Congress of the Society for Conservation Biology that was held together with the 4th European Congress of the Society for Conservation Biology.
There, we presented a scientific poster showing the first results from telemetry research and how these could lead to some initial conservation actions for this species at the Thessaly region.
This congress was the biggest ever organised by the SCB todate.