Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR)
Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) is the BirdLife PartnerFounded in: 1990
Address: Bd. M. Kogalniceanu nr. 49, sc. A, ap. 8
050108 Sector 5, Bucuresti, Romania
Tel:+4 031 4255657
Fax:+4 031 4255656
Mission of the organisationSOR is charity working to protect and study Romanian biodiversity with a particular focus on wild bird species and their habitats.
- Monitoring programs: Common Bird Monitoring, International Waterbird Count, breeding roller population, great bustard presence in Romania, white stork population etc.
- Field conservation work on birds (Red-breasted goose, Dalmatian pelican, Saker falcon, Imperial eagle, Lesser kestrel) and habitats (Danube Islands, European Biologically Important Forests, Lower Prut Floodplain Natural Park, Dumbraviţa Fishing Complex, „Pike Lake” Nature reserve etc.);
- Identifying, designating and promoting of Romanian IBAs and lobby work for their designation as SPAs (so far about 70% of these IBAs are officially declared SPAs under the EC Birds Directive);
- Advocacy work with national and regional governments and institutions (regarding the protection of Natura 2000 site, the hunting activities, the agricultural practices, the wind farms development, the sustainable use of natural resources etc.);
- Running public awareness and environmental education programs, promoting knowledge of birds, their life, and support for nature protection for positive attitude towards wild birds and nature.
- Held three camps, including a youth camp on `The Environment and Ecology' with an emphasis on ornithology
- Held a seminar with interested parties on the protection of White Stork populations in Romania, and continued to monitor populations of the species in the country
- Began a collaborative project on conservation of the Pygmy Cormorant. 80% of the European population of this species breed in the Danube Delta
- With sponsorship from the RSPB, built artificial nest sites for White-tailed Eagles in the Danube Delta
- Revived the traditional celebration of Romania's Bird Day on 1 April
- Founded a new branch in Ineu-Arad county, western Romania
- Published, with financial support from the RSPB and other sources, the first-ever Romanian language field guide to birds.