The “Say Species” event was held on the occasion of the “World Biodiversity Day” in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection and Control of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality and the Nature Conservation Center.
The “Say Species” event was held on the occasion of the “World Biodiversity Day” in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection and Control of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality and the Nature Conservation Center. For the biodiversity determination, which is also described as a “citizen science” study, 25 local and foreign nature friends, including academics, carried out observations in Karaköy Recreational Area and recorded 63 species of ‘birds.
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality continues to protect the capital’s history, culture, nature and endemic species.
The Department of Environmental Protection and Control, which aims to raise awareness about the protection of biodiversity and endemic species unique to the capital, organized a “Say Species” event in the Karaköy recreation area in cooperation with the Nature Conservation Center Foundation (DKM) on the occasion of the “World Day for Biological Diversity”. .
240 SPECIES OF BIRD RECORDED ON 63 THOUSAND SQUARE METERS OF AREA
25 eco-responsible people, including academics, took part in the biodiversity detection study; He observed and recorded species such as birds, plants, fungi, insects and butterflies living in the Karaköy recreation area.
The data obtained at the end of the research, which aimed to detect endemic species in the capital, was shared with the public after expertise. While 240 bird species were detected in 226 sightings in an area of 63,000 square meters, experts drew attention to the abundance of bird and butterfly diversity in the Karaköy recreation area. Among the birds living in the area, species such as bittern, griffon vulture, jay, starling, blackbird, chickadee, woodpecker, goldfinch and stork have been photographed and recorded.
“SCIENCE OF CITIZENSHIP”
Stating that they chose the Karaköy recreation area, which is surrounded by centuries-old pine trees, because it preserves its natural character, landscape architect from the Department of Environmental Protection and Control, Gül Akkaya, shared the following information:
“We are organizing the ‘Say Species’ event on the occasion of World Biodiversity Day. For this, we chose Karaköy recreation area because for us it is a paradise to discover in Ankara. We know most of the diversity of species here, but some are not. We wanted both to create an infrastructure in terms of biodiversity and to organize an event with the public. The inventories will be a good basis both for our metropolitan municipality and for the Center de conservation de la nature. In this way, we will learn about the plant species, animal diversity and all the existing species in Karaköy.
Stating that they observed the presence of some plant species, butterflies and water birds in the Karaköy recreation area, where they came for the fourth “Say the Species” event, they discovered that it is an important place in terms of biodiversity, Chairman of the Board of the Nature Conservation Center Foundation, Dr. Uğur Zeydanlı made the following assessments:
“Our participants will record the species they see in the field. We call this a “citizen science” study. Our main goal here is to record the species we see while spending time in the wild. In doing so, it is necessary to examine and observe in order to distinguish species from each other. It actually offers us an important opportunity to get into nature and get to know it. When we collect the recorded information, it becomes work that will provide a very important scientific basis.
FRIENDS OF NATURE ARE AMAZED AT KARAKOY PROPERTY AREA
Local and foreign participants, who spent the day in contact with nature and had the opportunity to closely examine the Karaköy recreation area, also expressed their thoughts with the following words:
First Essen: “We came here today to raise awareness about biodiversity. Karaköy is a very nice recreation area.
Seyma Mengi: “I am interested in ecology and the ecosystem. I came from Istanbul for this event. Everything is very beautiful.”
Yozar Perkasa: “I became aware of this event thanks to a link sent by my professor at the university. I like nature. That’s how I joined the Karaköy tour. I would like to know more about the natural diversity in Turkey and in particular in Karaköy. I saw insects and plants here. I took their photos and uploaded them to the app.
Youksel Kaya: “I’m very interested in genres. I came with my son to satisfy my curiosity. I really liked the nature of this place. This is the first time I have seen a turtle swimming in the water.”
Omer Farouk Kaya: “The nature here is very beautiful. It is a very rich place, especially in terms of species. I would like to thank the Metropolitan Municipality for giving us this opportunity.
Burcin Tarhan: “I came for the first time to the Karaköy recreation area. We will make an enumeration of the species here. We will do this to be aware of biodiversity. We will examine the plants. We may catch endemic species. I’m obviously excited. I would like to thank the Metropolitan Municipality and the Nature Conservation Center Foundation for this event.