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Yelkouan Shearwater Project - Turkey

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Where Bosphorus and Dardanelles Straits, Turkey

Yelkouan Shearwater Project aims at determining the seasonal changes in the movements and numbers of globally threatened Puffinus yelkouan in the Marmara Sea.

It is the first research project focusing on the populations of this species passing through two important Turkish straits in the Marmara Sea. The project will provide more accurate information on the knowledge obtained by the previous research in the Bosphorus and the movement patterns of endemic Yelkouan Shearwaters will be identified through the extended study area to better understand the whole picture in the Mediterranean Basin and to take part in the global conservation of this species.

Yelkouan Shearwater Project is funded by Rufford Small Grants.

How to Join

Yelkouan Seharwater Project carries out field research throughout the year. This work includes land-based counts at both Dardanelles and Bosphorus and boat-based observations with standardized methodologies in the Marmara Sea. The Project offers volunteering opportunities for people with at least a little experience on counting birds and an interest in wildlife conservation.

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Required Gear

A binoculer for counting birds.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In snow or rain, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, At night
Tags Conservation, Marine Protected Areas, Seabird Ecology, Seabirds, Yelkouan Shearwater
Project Updated 04/22/2017