An open air laboratory investigated the biodiversity of Pomorie Lake [ 2011-06-01 ]
On the occasion of the International Day of Biological Diversity at the Visitor Center of Pomorie Lake took place an original open air laboratory, in which participated more than 100 children, citizens and guests of Pomorie. Most numerous were the students from “Hristo Botev”Primary School and “Ivan Vazov” Secondary School from the town of Pomorie.
The event was organized by Green Balkans NGO (in the role of a host) and GEO Magazine with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Environment.
During the event a team of experienced scientists was observing and examining the biodiversity in the region of the lake. The main objective of the laboratory was to involve all of the guests in the process of scientific investigation and thus to present them new facts about biodiversity and its significance. All the visitors of the event not only spoke with experienced scientists in biology and ecology, but could also use the relevant technology – microscopes, spotting scopes, guides to the birds and plants, etc. Some of the students could make wooden bat houses and others prepared and information board for the birds of Pomorie Lake.
Pomorie Lake is a hype saline lagoon and is extremely rich in biodiversity. It gives an unique opportunity for scientific research and discoveries. Every year at least 2 bird species new for the lagoon are being discovered. The banks and dykes of the lake are also rich in plant diversity and specific natural habitats. Not less curious are the mammals among which is the smallest known mammal - the Etruscan shrew (Suncus etruscus). After the last thorough investigations of the seaweed, invertebrates and microorganisms in the lake (2005- 2009 year) the scientists admitted that there is still much to be studied and analyzed about the biodiversity of Pomorie Lake.
For contacts and more information: Neli Arabadzhieva – Green Balkans NGO,
е-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenbalkans.org/pomoriecenter/
The Visitor Center of Pomorie Lake was furnished within ”Urgent Measures for Restoration and Conservation of Species and Habitats of European Significance within Pomorie Lake Complex of Protected Natural Areas” project funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and the state budget of the Republic of Bulgaria through Operational Program “Environment” 2007-2013.
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