Cheap raptor twitching in Sicily?

Subject: Cheap raptor twitching in Sicily?
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 08:54:51 +1100
Hi everybody -

The following forwarded message from Andrea Corso for your information and


Hi Friends

We really need volounteers!

Volunteers needed for Straits of Messina raptor and anti-poaching watch
(April - May each year).

As in previous springs, since 1984, volunteers are again sought to survey
and protect the migrating raptors and storks at the Straits of Messina,
Sicily, southern Italy.  The association FMF alongside with LIPU-BirdLife
Italia are organising the international camp on the Sicilian side of the

The Straits of Messina are well known as a strategic migration flyway into
Europe; almost all of the raptor species of the Western Palearctic list
have been recorded there, and so far 315 bird species have been observed
there in total.  It is the only place in the Western Palearctic where Amur
Falcon may be seen, and it is also the best place for Pallid and Montagu's
Harriers.  Among the other rare and interesting raptors, it is possible to
see Eleonora's Falcon, Lanner Falcon of the rare and scarcely observed
feldeggii race, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Lesser Spotted Eagle,
Long-legged Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Peregrine of the race calidus and so on.

The survey begins on April 1st and ends on May 28th.  Volunteers may stay
for as long as they like; accommodation, food, drink, guiding, raptor ID
lessons, materials and so on will be provided for only 13 Euro a day (in
order to help the survey).

For more information, please contact Andrea Corso at the following snail
mail address:

Via Camastra 10, 96100 Siracusa, Italy

or, via email, at:

Hugo Phillipps
Communications Coordinator
Birds Australia
415 Riversdale Road
HAWTHORN EAST 3123, Australia
Tel: (03) 9882 2622, fax: (03) 9882 2677
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