Balanced bird-human relationships to ensure sustainable production systems
The goal of the project is to create a comprehensive, practice-oriented cooperation program that enables a balanced, mutually supportive coexistence of bird populations and farmers. Finding the best bird-friendly farming practices, opportunities to increase species diversity, and the benefits of bird's territorial presence in the triangle of farming, environment and sustainability.
Research over the past decades has proven that birds are not only indicators of biodiversity, but also one of the main drivers of ecosystem health and balance. Birds are enmeshed in production processes worldwide, from the smallest links to the most spectacular sectors.
They play a major role in biological pest control, so they can greatly contribute to avoiding pesticides. Their ability to eliminate weed seeds is indisputable, which can also largely save humanity from unnecessary chemicals. Our birds are more useful pollinators than we think, are excellent seed spreaders and can even protect us from epidemics (see: the role of vultures).
Based on all of this, the preservation of the species diversity of birds must be given a priority role, which can be solved excellently with bird-nest boksz station integrated into farming areas.
During our daily coexistence, we also have the opportunity to regularly observe the birds' activities related to production systems, their lifestyle characteristics or what causes the biggest problems for them. Thanks to this, we create a comprehensive cooperation program that is based on the principle of mutual benefit and is particularly beneficial for both the farmer and the birds. Our goal is nothing less than creating a handbook that combines centuries of ornithological knowledge and research with practical experience in order to support sustainable production practices.
Our main practical activities:
- Creation of natural habitats and nesting sites
- Installation of bird-nest boxes, documentation of nesting and rearing
- Species identification, monitoring, tracking changes in biodiversity
- Monitoring the development of living communities, giving priority to insect populations
- We support the local community at all levels of the food chain: from insect houses to predator nesting to helping reptiles and amphibians.
- We maintain interactive map databases and up-to-date species surveys
- Winter feeding periods are given priority
- We regularly monitor the environmental condition of the area (soil measurements, air quality measurements, etc.)
- We process diverse research results in the field of ornithology in order to reveal as many connections as possible during the coexistence of birds and humans
We support citizen science programs with our active participation, and we also have memberships in many international organizations, which also helps us to continuously ensure our professional development.