Migration through Gibraltar Strait program - volunteers wanted

Subject: Migration through Gibraltar Strait program - volunteers wanted
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 09:48:18 +1000
Hi everybody -

For your information and opportunity, a message from our Spanish BirdLife
partner below.


Dear colleagues:

As we did in previous years, we enclose a "Call for participants" in this
project of monitoring in the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the key points for
the migration of birds in the Mediterranean basin. The project is funded by
the Regional Government of Andalucía (southern Spain) and field work is
co-ordinated by SEO/BirdLife, the Spanish partner of BirdLife International.

We would appreciate your co-operation in spreading this information and
including if possible this advertising or some reference to this project in
your magazine or some other related publication. In this case, it would be
very useful for us to receive confirmation on this (issue and date).

If you need some more information, please don´t hesitate to contact us.


(Programa MIGRES)


The Strait of Gibraltar (southern tip of Cádiz province, Andalucía, Spain)
is the most important "bottle-neck" for central and western europe
migratory birds crossing the Mediterranean Sea, travelling towards and from
their wintering quarters in the african continent. Their only 14 km of
maximun wide made this area specially important for soaring birds (storks,
vultures, eagles?), which during autumn migration concentrates by hundreds
of thousands in the area of Tarifa waiting for suitable winds to allow them
crossing to Africa.

The Regional Government of Andalucía (Consejería de Medio Ambiente, Junta
de Andalucía) is funding from 1997 onwards, and for a period of five years,
the monitoring of autumn migration of soaring birds, as a first phase of
which wants to be a complete long term monitoring scheme of bird migration
throught the Strait of Gibraltar (Programa MIGRES). Coordination of field
work is done by the Spanish partner of BirdLife International, SEO/BirdLife
(Sociedad Española de Ornitología).

During four months (mid July-mid October) different observatories are
placed along the Spanish migration front of the Strait of Gibraltar each
year, and volunteers are needed to cover them, together with the
specialists responsible of the project. Volunteers will carry out bird
counts from predetermined watch-sites, with a flexible timetable (but no
less than 9 hours daily) depending on the migration conditions. Every day,
onve the observation work is over, all the volunteers meet with field work
co-ordinators to check the data obtained and solve doubts about bird´s

Minimun staying of 14 days are required from 24 July to 10 October. If
number of participants per turn allow it, those who asked for it could stay
for two turns.

Those periods for 2001 autumn campaing are: 1) 24 July - 6 August; 2) 6 -
19  August; 3) 19 August  1 September; 4) 1 - 14 September; 5) 14 - 27
September and 6) 27 September - 10 October. Shorter turns (minimum 5 days
staying) are possible from 10 October till 20 November.

Volunteers will be selected according with their own experience,
availability of time, knowledge of the area (although not essential).
Subsistence and accomodation expenses will be fully covered by the Junta de
Andalucía, but a small registration fee must be paid.

Further information can be obtained from address below, where also
pre-registration forms must be sent (via fax, e-mail or ordinary mail,
following annex enclosed) together with a short ornithological curriculum
(not needed for participants in previous MIGRES campaings):

Centro de Visitantes "Huerta Grande"
Ctra. N-340. El Pelayo
11390 Algeciras (Cádiz)
Phone/Fax: +34 956 67 91 58

Registration deadlines

Pre-registration forms received before 15 May will be considered while
place available. Those received later should not be considered nor
answered, except if any place being available. Selection of candidates will
be done after that and dates of staying assigned according to volunteers
preferences when possible.

Confirmation about what period of staying is assigned will be sent by June.
All the volunteers selected will receive: detailed instructions about how
to reach the accomodation site, a brief summary of the training course
which will be provided on arriving, and any other information about
clothing, weather, equipment needed, etc., that can be useful for fieldwork.

If no reply being received after 15 days, the period assigned by organizers
will be considered as accepted by volunteer.

Registration fee

Once selection of volunteers is confirmed, they should pay a registration
fee of EIGHT THOUSAND PESETAS (8000 Pts.), wich includes:

·       14 days accomodation and full board in a Hostel close to Algeciras,
in shared rooms.
·       1 day of alternative formative activities (scientific bird ringing
and others).
·       Material and in site daily transportation for fieldwork.
·       Divulgative materials.
·       Insurance.
·       Certificate of participation in Programa MIGRES.
·       Report of 2001 campaing (to be mailed by april 2002)

Payments (once participation confirmed) must be done before 10 July by bank
transfer to account number: 0182.5438.07.0200269078 (open by "Empresa de
Gestión Medioambiental, EGMASA"; bank: BBVA; city: Sevilla). VERY
IMPORTANT: confirmed volunteers should send to the above address copy of
the bank transfer receipt (clearly including name and concept:
"Registration fee for Programa MIGRES 2001").

Refund of registration fee will be made as follows: 50% refund if
notification received by fax/e-mail, 10 days in advance of staying period
starting. No refund if notification received later.


Family name:

Given name:

Date and place of birth:

Passport no.:

Full address:


Phone no.:

Fax no.:


Dates of staying (see dates in previous information) in order of preference:
1  :    ...................................................

2 :     ...................................................

3 :     ...................................................

Student / Profession:

Previous participant in Programa MIGRES campaings?
Yes:    ..... which one?..........
No:     ..... (Please, enclose a brief ornithological curriculum:
expertise, skills...)

Why would you like to joint this scheme?

Signature (I know and accept conditions for joining MIGRES 2001):


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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