WORK WITH PIONEERS
Be on the sharp edge of wildlife conservation. Ring endangered birds in the heart of Polish Baltic Wilderness.
- From Volunteer Testimonials
Bird migrations are one of the most spectacular phenomenons of Nature. Since beginnings, humans have been fascinated by the ability to fly, navigation skills and endurance of these wonderful Sky Wanderers.
Some of us went a step further, trying to understand mechanisms behind bird passages. In early 1960s, a small group of such dedicated enthusiasts set up mist nets on the Baltic shore for the first time. One of the oldest bird ringing schemes in the world has just begun.
Every year, in Spring and Autumn, Operation Baltic workers conduct scientific research on birds migrating through Polish coast. Birds are ringed and weighed. We also assess their health and orientation.
Million 200 thousand birds of 208 species have been ringed so far. Why such huge numbers? Because of the unique, transit location of Polish Baltic Coast. For birds, it is a meeting point of their migration routes.
Operation Baltic cooperates with the Polish Academy of Sciences and top Polish and foreign universities. It is renowned for long-lasting tradition, making it one of the oldest bird ringing schemes worldwide. Research has been going on for more than a half a century!
Operation Baltic and Wild Areas Network want you to become a vital part of the project. You have a unique opportunity to contribute to this world-class research and become our Volunteer.
Download our detailed Infosheet and read it carefully. Here are key questions you may have:
- What will I do?
- You will handle the birds, taking them out from nets. Our main duty will be to regularly check mist nets located near the camp. We will bring caught birds in small bags to the camp where they will be ringed and assessed.
In the campsite we will record all observations made by the ringer in special notebooks. Sometimes we will perform orientation experiments. And we will release the birds back to the wild.
- Where will I stay?
- In a truly wild, unique place. Imagine a big, clear lake, separated from the sea only by a long sandbank. Our camp is on the very sandbank, with the water on both sides. Nearest settlement, Dąbkowice, has 4 permanent residents, but there are tourists in the season.
The Staff and Volunteers sleep in tents that are provided on the site. The camp life goes on in bigger, industrial-like tents, heated with a wood burner if necessary. There are separate tents for bird ringing and cooking. We cook on a gas stove.
With good organization of work we can have plenty of free time. The amount of free time varies and depends on decisions of the ringer. For example, if there are lots of birds in the nets, every pair of hands will be needed. But if there are only a few birds, the amount of free time increases. And then...
- have a scenic walk on the beach
- look for ambers
- chat sitting by the fire
- play guitar
- get spectacular photos
- play games
- cook delicious dinner
- have a nap
- learn some Polish language!
- get suntan! Here the weather is much dryer and sunnier than in UK!
- What's in it for me?
- Boost your CV with our Certificate of Participation!
We offer HANDS-ON intensive exchange of specialist ornithological experience and knowledge and HANDS-ON field experience in wildlife monitoring abroad, especially important for Bird Ringers, Students, Wildlife Volunteers and Professionals. We will provide training in high-standard techniques of species ID, bird handling, age and sex determination, measurements and data registration.
We offer deep contact with unspoiled Wildlife, 24 hours a day! You can watch stunning, tranquil Baltic sunrises and sunsets and reconnect with rhythms of Nature. You will have an opportunity to make lifelong friends with inspiring, like-minded people. You will experience invaluable and refreshing international, intercultural exchange. You will gain unforgettable memories.
- What are the costs?
- You will spend £250 on everything necessary. The price includes direct and comfortable transfers from Gdansk to the site and back, all food expenses and a place in the tent. It also covers our high-quality field training confirmed by the Certificate of Participation.
You can also learn about our unique money management standards, how we use your funds to support the project, analyze the cost breakdown and find out about our Social Enterprise status on Your Money page here.
AVAILABLE DATES - AUTUMN 2019:
24 - 30.09.2019
03 - 09.10.2019
TO APPLY: Simply fill in the Application Form and send to us:
You can send your CV - we are proud of our Volunteers and would love to know more about you!
If you have any questions or doubts, we are here to help: