Volunteers welcome on our bird ringing camp on the wild Polish Baltic Coast in Autumn 2023.

You have an opportunity to support one of the oldest bird ringing schemes of the World – Operation Baltic. You will help to handle caught birds, identify and ring them as well as with measuring, weighting and data entry tasks. You will get to know and distinguish every caught species by direct contact!

Work with Pioneers. Operation Baltic is a world-renowned bird research project going on for more than half a century. Nearly two million birds of 208 species have been ringed so far. The project is implemented in cooperation with top Polish and Foreign universities. Operation Baltic manages the most detailed database of vertebrate measurements of the world.

Your main duty will be to regularly (every hour) check mist nets installed near the camp, collect birds and bring them in small cotton bags to the base. There they will be identified, ringed, measured and weighted. You will record all parameters in a notebook. Finally, you will release the bird back to the wild. (Notice: Unfortunately according to Polish law Ringers from abroad aren’t allowed to ring birds on the Operation Baltic.)

Our unique feature is that EVERY PARTICIPANT WILL BE TRAINED TO HANDLE AND EXTRACT BIRDS from nets because in Poland, unlike in the UK, it is the very first skill that you learn when training to be a Ringer.

We will sleep in tents provided on site, but you need your own sleeping bag. Thick, comfy mattresses and blankets are provided.  There is a TOI-TOI toilet, shower at a neighbouring farm and electricity from a generator. We cook common meals on a gas stove. The camp is located near the sea shore.

It is an unique, hands-on experience for Nature Lovers, Birdwatchers, Bird Ringers, Trainees and all Wildlife Enthusiasts. You don’t have to know birds well – the tasks will be tailored to your needs and professional training is provided on site.

Available dates are as follows:

TO APPLY: Send an email to Joanna at info@wildareas.net and introduce yourself in few words, explaining why you are interested in our project and why we should choose YOU as a Participant. You will receive a detailed Infosheet and Application Form.

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Thank you for your interest in our work and see you soon on the camp!

About Wild Areas Network

Wild Areas Network connects Passionate Naturalists and Explorers from all over the World to volunteer in the wildest places of Poland as Field Researchers.