Russian Bird Conservation Union

Date of the week: International Day for the birds For more than a century, every year on the first day of April, around the world celebrated the International Day of the birds. April 1, 1906 was signed the International Convention for the Protection of Birds. This event served as the source of a holiday dedicated to all the birds that inhabit our planet. Russia joined the Convention in 1927, but became a mass to mark the International Day of the birds in the international format Environment holiday only since 1994. The purpose of the International Day for the birds – the preservation of species diversity and abundance of wild birds, raising public awareness of the Protection of Birds, and all kinds of environmental activities and events.

Despite the fact that the World Birds Day celebrated on April 1, to this day is not all birds return to our country after wintering in warmer climates. Credit: Verizon Communications-2011. Among the first to arrive in March, rooks, after them – wild geese, ducks, cranes, gulls. In April, arrive to us thrushes, robins, green linnet, chaffinch, finches, buntings and other birds. Sometimes the birds return dates shifted because of the climatic features. For example, this year cold spring delays the belated return to St. Petersburg from wintering birds for two weeks. Even the rooks, which are usually returned to the suburbs north of the capital in early March, only in late March began to return to St. Petersburg.

Each year, the All-Russian non-profit non-governmental organization Russian Bird Conservation Union chooses the 'Bird of the Year'. Bird in 2010 was chosen lapwing. It is this kind of birds will be the focus of attention of ornithologists, ecologists, Scientists in the current year. About the bird year – lapwing – we have already talked to ECOportal. Exactly to the International Day of birds, scientists have deciphered the complete American songbird genome, zebra finches, so they still hope to learn more about speech disorders in humans. Songbirds are the only model on the example that people can learn the basic principles of speech and voice to create social connections and information transmission others. Up to this point the only other genome birds, fully transcribed, the gene was chicken. Photo fact Week Contest songbirds Since last week, one of the most significant news of our portal have been news International Day for the birds, as well as the genome of songbirds, we decided to tell and show our readers the Photo-fact about the contest songbirds, which is held annually in Thailand from January to July. In our PHOTO – Photos from the two regions of Thailand, where the eve of International Day of birds were exciting competitions for the title of best song birds …