© Ventsi Georgiev

The final round of the National Ornithology Olympiad took place on May 29th (Sunday). 22 students from a total of 117 from 5th to 8th grade in schools from different cities of the country were ranked for it.

The final round was held at the Nature Conservation Center of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) – “Poda” near Burgas and consisted of two parts, the first of which was a test and the second – identification of bird species from photographs. All finalists and their teachers were invited.

© Свилен Чешмеджиев

© Svilen Cheshmedziev

Out of the 22 finalists, 17 students were present, and Stanislav Milchev from Stara Zagora took first place in the Olympiad. On the second – Denitsa Savovska from Sofia, and on the third – Ivan Neykov from Velingrad. Prizes and bird determinants were prepared and distributed to all participants. The first two finalists also received special gifts – binoculars.

The National Olympiad in Ornithology is one of the most important educational activities of BSPB. Conducted in the period from 1999 to 2008 with the support of the Regional Structures of the Ministry of Education and Science and with the participation of over 10,000 students from all over the country. This year it took place after a 13-year hiatus, with the first round taking place online through the Kyoso platform.

© Венци Георгиев

© Ventsi Georgiev

Our experience over the years shows that the outstanding students in the final rounds continue to develop their interests in the field of biology and conservation. Some of the winners of previous editions are already distinguished scientists and specialists in their field, with a number of significant successes in nature conservation, numerous scientific publications, and national and international recognitions and awards.

The Olympics are organized within the LIFE projects: “Pelican Way of LIFE“, “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE“, “LIFE for Eagle’s Habitats“, “Life for Falcons” LIFE20 NAT/BG/001162, “Life for Safe Flight“.