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International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated International Bat Night on the territory of Sofia Zoo. The event took place on 10 October and young and old learned interesting facts about bats life, their association with COVID-19 and why they shouldn’t be afraid.

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International Bat Night at the town of Madzharovo

International Bat Night at the town of Madzharovo

This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated the International Bat Night with the aim to protect bats and spread knowledge on their important role. The event took place on 6th September at the Eastern Rhodopes Nature Conservation Center in the town of Madzharovo. At the event we put an information stand, where everybody had the opportunity to ask their questions and to take pictures with thematic models, which help spread a good cause. The visitors were informed about the alternative shelters for bats – bat houses, and the chance to take part in placing them on the trees.

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International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave and Yagodinska Cave

International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave and Yagodinska Cave

For another year, Science for Nature Foundation organized the International Bat Night in order to promote the important role of bats in nature and their conservation. The event took place in two caves, Devil’s Throat and Yagodinska Cave – home of some of the largest bat colonies in Bulgaria. On August 22 the event was held in front of the Devil’s Throat Cave, and on August 23 – in front of the Yagodinska Cave. 

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Successful fencing of our trees using Jerusalem thorn

Successful fencing of our trees using Jerusalem thorn

For our project “Of Bats and Men”, financed by the Disney Conservation Fund, we have finished planting fruit trees in several places in the Eastern Rhodope mountains during the month of december. On 20th January, we used thorns to fence the trees - an extremely simple, and yet maximally effective method of protection. 

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Ratio introduced: The Secret Life of Bats

Ratio introduced: The Secret Life of Bats

Bats are one of the most interesting groups of mammals with their incredible ability to fly perhaps even better than a large portion of birds, and navigate using echolocation even in complete darkness. At the moment bats are having their winter sleep, but that doesn’t stop us from gathering for a drink after dark, in order to understand a bit more about them.

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We start bats conservation project funded by the LIFE programme

We start bats conservation project funded by the LIFE programme

Science for Nature Foundation is the associated beneficiary in project LIFE17 NAT/BG/000602: LIFE UNDER ONE ROOF. The full name of the project is “Bats and men – sharing LIFE under one roof”. It was approved in the beginning of 2018 and will be financed by the LIFE programme of the European Union. It starts in August 2018 and will continue to July 2023.

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International Waterbird Census 2018

International Waterbird Census 2018

On the 13th and 14th of January 2018, the 52nd International Waterbird Census (IWC) took placе. This is an initiative of Wetlands International, which covers more than 25,000 locations in more than 100 countries. The data is collected in an international database (http://wpe.wetlands.org/).

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For the bats and humans in the mountains

For the bats and humans in the mountains

The members of the Tourist Society “Oylaripi” and the “Science for Nature” Foundation have made specially made information boards for the conservation of bats in the Balkan Mountains. This is part of the activities for the project “For the Bats and the People in the Balkan” related to nature conservation on the tourist route Kom – Emine.

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