Owl night - Owl we need is love

Ancient city Doclea, Rogami, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
September 29th, 2017 - September 29th, 2017

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Modern humans share their habitat with other species often not even noticing their presence and importance. Certainly the most notable of all are the birds. They are a synonym for freedom and most incredible travellers worldwide. However, there are some of them literarily sharing our living space with us throughout the year. One of most exquisite among them is Little Owl (Athene noctua), the urban and suburban predator, nesting predominantly in human settlements: in holes on the roofs of the buildings, houses, and chimneys. Its Latin name was taken from Greek mythology where it had been considered as a symbol of wisdom and owl of a Goddess of Athena (Goddess of Minerva in Roman mythology). It is among the most endangered species in Western and Central Europe, while due to intense urbanization and use of pesticide poisoning it is becoming less common also in the southern and eastern parts of the continent. The exact number of this species is unknown in Montenegro. Therefore it should be assessed and regularly monitored since Little Owls are extremely good indicators of the healthy environment. This is the reason why the Capital City of Podgorica and its Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Environment in partnership with Center for Protection and Research of Birds, is conducting a first pilot census of this species. We expect that the results of the census will show a reasonable suspicion that the population density of this owl in Podgorica is perhaps the highest in the region and that our capital can serve as an example of a healthy and protected environment for both – people and wildlife. The “Owl night” will take place on 29th of September 2017 at the ancient city of Duklja, where participants will first have a short introductory training on the methodology of the census at 19 pm and later on divide into groups lead by ornithologists with specific tasks. The census will last from 8 pm until 10 pm with a joint gathering one more time at Duklja for the recapture and presentation of final results of the evening census. The meeting place has been selected rather symbolically since this ancient city dates from the same period when the Little Owl became more than just a bird that shares our roof top.

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