This book is a collaborative guide to conservation holidays in Bulgaria focused on volunteering, bird watching and protection of birds habitats. Over 10 conservation projects in different Bulgarian regions, in which I participated personally! part of my ethnographic project, my book was among the 11 best Bulgarian ecological initiatives supported by the Open Society Institute – Sofia and the Open Society Foundations through the Bulgarian Fund for Women.
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Based on 30 interviews: Birding & Conservation
The word ‘collaborative’ implies that the book is based on 30 interviews with participants of the conservation activities in different Bulgarian regions: Pomorie, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Durankulak, Sofia, Kotel, etc. The guide is the final stage of my two-year-long project ‘Mapping Sustainable Holidays in Bulgaria: Combine Volunteering and Holidays!’.
- LEARN about the oldest Bulgarian volunteer conservation vacation with 33-year-long tradition;
- EXPLORE 30 opinions of the participants on sustainable peer-to-peer learning;
- JOIN the best conservation bird-watching projects in Bulgaria + online communities.
5 Highlights of Cultural Insights into Conservation Volunteer Bird Watching Holidays in Bulgaria
- The two oldest Bulgarian bird-watching vacations in Pomorie and Burgas – the Pomorie Lake Volunteer Brigade (26 years) by Green Balkans and the Atanasovsko Lake Camp (33 years) by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.
- The major Bulgarian citizen science project in Durankulak – Durankulak Bird-ringing Camp by the 4 partners: the National Museum of Natural History and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Balkani Wildlife Society, and Branta Birding Lodge & Conservation Centre. The international partner is Dutch bird ringer Patrick Bergkamp who provided the equipment for the research.
- The unique Bulgarian organization that deals with the restoration of endangered bird species – Wildlife Rescue Centre in Stara Zagora by Green Balkans. In my book, I present it with my adoption experience. I adopted there four wild birds and visited them in April 2021.
- The project devoted to free bird walking tours in Sofia and a great digital learning resource – Sofia Bird Walks.
- One excursion in a nature reserve in Kotel, one of the popular habitats of vultures in Bulgaria – The Nature Park Sinite Kamani.
This one-minute video offers a brief overview of ‘Cultural Insights into Conservation Volunteer Bird Watching Holidays in Bulgaria. It’s Not Only About Birds’.
Table of Contents
The Islands of Hope for Birds and People
Chapter 1 Deciphering green narratives
1.1 Values, Volunteering and Peer-to-peer learning
1.2 Sociosemiotic ethnography
1.3 Participatory action research
1.4 The prospects for Bulgaria
Chapter 2 Bulgarian collaborative practices: a historical overview
2.1 The chitalishta in Bulgaria and life-long learning
2.2 The Bulgarian Brigadier Movement and cultural ‘colonization’ of society
2.3 Modern eco-initiatives and alternative tourism
Chapter 3 The Conservation Camp Atanasovsko Lake: Collaborations
3.1 The summer camp for like-minded nature lovers
3.2 Counting birds: nature is a book, and species are its alphabets
3.3 The campsite for reconsidering values
3.4 Developing curiosity for birds
Chapter 4 Pomorie Lake Volunteer Brigade: Choices
4.1 The Symbol of the Brigade
4.2 Half-time Holidays with Full-time Fun
4.3 Recording a Sensation
4.4 Challenging Gender Stereotypes
Additional Insights: Case study: Interactive online communication for ecological projects
Chapter 5 Stara Zagora Wildlife Rescue Centre: Names
5.1 Disabled birds on special missions
5.2 How I adopted 4 wild birds
5.3 Witnessing bird operations
Additional Insights: Species restoration: Vultures in Sinite Kamani Nature Park
Chapter 6 Durankulak Bird Ringing Camp: Sunrises
6.1 The caught birds, photo sessions and the ethics
6.2 Delayed Flight
6.3 Women and Children in the Ornithological World
Additional Insights: 2 Useful Online Tools for Identifying Birds