Urban Birds Conservation Program of Vitoria-Gasteiz


from 15/04/2014 until 31/12/2030

This program is based on the participation of the citizen in order to get knowledge about the urban birds of Vitoria-Gasteiz to develop more efficient biodiversity conservation policies. This is the second program included in our Citizen Science project (the Net of Citizen Science of Vitoria-Gasteiz) created by the Environmental Research Center of Vitoria-Gasteiz city council and organized by Ataria (the Interpretation Centre of the Wetland of Salburua). It is based on the sampling work of volunteer citizens of different knowledge and origin. Each participant has to choose an itinerary of 10 stations that has to be sampled two times in order to identify birds´species: first visit April 15-May 15 and second visit May 16-June 15. Then, the results obtained in that samplings have to be uploaded to the online platform SACRE. Finally, the results of all the participants are analyzed by the expert coordinator to get an annual memory of the urban birds of Vitoria-Gasteiz and receive conclusions about the conservation of the biodiversity.


The main objective of this program is knowing the actual situation of the populations of urban birds that live in the municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz and its year-over-year fluctuations. Thus, it is hoped to have rates of the evolution of populations of urban reproductive birds and an indicator of the biodiversity depending of that evolution. There are also some specific aims: -Knowing the distribution, abundance, conservation and population dynamics of the urban birds to know the natural heritage of Vitoria-Gasteiz municipality. -Improving the knowledge of biology and the responsible factors of the variation of populations of urban birds. -Identifying the type of habitats where the birds are having the biggest changes and where the conservation of species could be in danger. -Promoting birds’ conservation and their habitats via the volunteer work in monitoring work.

Needed equipment

-Land-receipt and land-handbook (in the web). -Pencil and rubber. -Handbooks for identification (for hiring in Ataria). -Photograph camera. -A pair of binoculars. -The Protocol to upload the results to SACRE (in the web).

Created June 17, 2021, 11:31 a.m.

Updated Dec. 13, 2021, 12:41 p.m.

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