Ferruginous Duck Conservation Web site
The BirdLife International's Ferruginous Duck Conservation Team (FDCT) recently launched its own web site. The FDCT is coordinated and the web site is administered by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB), the BirdLife Partner in Bulgaria.
In addition an e-mail forum has been established for all those involved in research and conservation of the species and its habitats. The Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca) is an exclusively wetland bird and it is inscribed on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species as a species of global conservation concern (Lower Risk/near threatened). Many wetlands across Eurasia and Africa qualify as Ramsar sites namely due to their significance for this waterfowl.
Proceedings of the October 2002 workshop "Ferruginous Duck: from research to conservation" are about to be published. The volume contains some intriguing papers and soon will be also available on the FDCT's web site for downloading. For the time being you may enjoy its colourful cover.
Any queries please direct to Mr. Nikolai Petkov (firstname.lastname@example.org) - the FDCT's coordinator.
Orsoya fishpond along the River Danube is one of the most important breeding areas for the Ferruginous Duck in Bulgaria and one of the sites in the country's Ramsar shadow list.
-- reported by Sergei Dereliev, Ramsar.