Strait of Messina Bird Observatory

AIM
We would like to establish a permanent bird Observatory on the Strait of Messina to run long term observation and monitoring of migrating birds.

THE SITE
The Observatory watchsites are located on the continental side of the Strait of Messina, on the Aspromonte highland (contrada S. Pietro, Solano, and Mount San Angelo). The fact that bird migration occurs both in spring and autumn and covers at least six months per year makes this site particularly suitable for an ornithological observatory.

STRUCTURES
So far there are no structures specifically dedicated to the observation activities. Birdwatchers, professional ornithologists, scientists and passionate people rely on the housing facilities of the nearby village of Gambarie (1’300 m asl) and commute every day to the observation points. In spring the field season starts around March 15, when the first marsh harriers arrive and ends at the end of May. The observers spend the whole day outdoor, 1000 m asl, where sometimes is cold and windy or very sunny and hot.

THE PARTNERS
It is ongoing as a collaboration between Ornis italica (Ornis italica) and MEDRAPTORS.
Take a look to the website of the project: straitobservatory