Nestled along the Mediterranean coast, the coastal city of Zuwara in Libya provides essential refuge for migratory birds. With its vast wetlands, coastlines, and fertile farmlands, thousands of birds make a stopover here each year, creating a breathtaking spectacle of nature in motion. Preserving these natural habitats is crucial for maintaining the health of local ecosystems and ensuring that Zuwara remains a vital habitat for migratory birds for generations to come.

In this context, the organization Edama for Nature Conservation, in collaboration with the Department of Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Environment, organized a workshop titled “Methods for Identifying Migratory Birds and Survey” on January 5th and 6th. Bringing together nature enthusiasts and environmental advocates, the objective was to provide participants with a practical understanding of migratory bird life and ways to protect them. The first day immersed participants in theoretical basics: how to identify species, understand their migratory habits, and monitor their health.

Following the theory, the next day was dedicated to fieldwork. Participants were taken to migration sites, where they had the opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice. Armed with binoculars and telescopes, they observed birds in their natural habitat, learning to recognize different calls and behaviors. This hands-on experience allowed them to witness firsthand the beauty and diversity of birdlife, far from the frenzy of urban life.

This workshop is part of the PPI OSCAN project implemented by the association, aiming to conserve the saltwater wetlands of Zuwara, strengthen the capacities of environmental organizations, and raise community awareness. It aims to protect vital habitat for migratory birds traversing the region while fostering collaboration with local partners to develop environmentally friendly salt extraction practices.