Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey)

Doğa Derneği (BirdLife Turkey) is honored to be a part in Champions of the Flyway 2017 as beneficiary of conservation fund will be raised in this year’s event.

We are already doing significant activities on the ground both through education and enforcement. With the help of the 2017 Champions of the Flyway campaign they intend to “step up” the actions especially in the Anatolia. The region has very important three bottleneck for migrating raptors and other soaring birds and sadly large numbers of these are killed illegally as they migrate to and from the breeding grounds.

We are working in Urfa, Birecik, the Hatay Amanos mountains and “lakes region” to ensure safe passage for migrants. We already identified many illegal killing zones in Hatay which people culturally hunts almost any birds and consume. The next actions will be mainly educational, helping the people of the region to understand the importance of keeping the flyway safe. The projects will include youth activities to train the young generation to become birdwatchers instead of hunters. Our society already has significant success with similar programs in the Urfa region involving local conservation groups and volunteer game wardens. We also started the identification regional leaders who will be our allies to help to reduce illegal hunts and make stakeholder visits in Samandağ, Yayladağ, Harbiye and Kırkhan.

Another interesting goal we aim to achieve is to deal with the changing approach to nature with the arrival of huge numbers of Syrian refugees. The welcome refugees have no awareness and knowledge about Anatolia’s nature and conservation laws. For especially this issue, we are working with Mahmoud Shaiesh Abdullah. Mahmood is ex-worker of BirdLife Syria and organizing our educational events in Syrian refugee camp schools.

We believe that the 2017 Champions of the Flyway campaign is one of the most exciting and important projects to date. Birds indeed know no boundaries, and it is up to us to speak up and protect them because they deserve to fly in peace!

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Turan Çetin

Turan Çetin

Turan Çetin

Turan is Doğa’s Bird Crime Officer.

He is one of the oldest worker of society with over ten years and ex-conservation officer of Doğa’s steppes program. He specialized on conservation via local conservation groups after many years of work on Bald Ibıs, Hyena, desert monitor and leopard conservation. Turan is the head of regional “Nature, Culture Life Society” which established by regional birdwatchers. The society run a training program and all the members became legal game wardens to stop illegal killing of birds in their territory.

Turan gained great experience on animal crimes over last three years and this changed his career to became the Bird Crime Officer for Doğa. Now he is investigating illegal killing of birds for Mediterranean Fly Way Conservation Network project.

Burçin Feran

Burçin is Key Biodiversity Areas Monitoring Officer of Doğa. She says her bound with nature and birds caused to meet with bird watching and Doğa. After years of volunteering, consulting for nature conservation, she started to work professionally with Doğa on Key biodiversity areas.

Burçin has a Msc degree on breeding sea birds in Sıgacık bay (KBA) and threats in the area. The absence of studies and the possibilities to find undiscovered breeding areas encouraged her she says.  And also, Burçin is editor of Bird Voice magazine which is a volunteer work of Doğa aiming to spread bird watchers and researches work to public.

Burçin Feran

Burçin Feran

Kaan Özgencil

Kaan Özgencil

Kaan Özgencil

Kaan is Doğa’s Consultant for Bird Research, a bird enthusiast and also a researcher.

Kaan also coordinator of bird watching club of METU. His graduate studies are focused on wintering water birds in Turkey.

Kaan first met with Doğa professionally in 2016 with breeding white-headed duck population in Central Turkey. His biggest dream is to become a conservation biologist and help protect Turkey’s unique nature and the birds living in it.