A Bird Watching workshop was held on 16th February 2017 for students’ member of Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adult (Kanoon) in Anzali Wetland Environmental Education Center, located in Selke Wildlife Refuge.

11 students participated this program, and it has been implemented in cooperation with Kanoon Gilan, Department of Environment (DOE), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

At the beginning, Mr. Watanabe, in charge of Wetland Ecosystem Conservation and Environmental Education from JICA Expert team explained the purpose of this workshop and importance of Anzali Wetland as one of the most important habitat for birds wintering to the student in simple words, and make them familiar with the importance of their cooperation for conserving this beautiful wetland.

Then students visited Bird Hide and Bird Watching Tower, and they could observed many birds wintering in Anzali Wetland by using the binoculars. While observing the birds, Mr. Watanabe explained the current situation of Anzali Wetland, and the bird species, and regarding the birds wintering season, it was a good opportunity for students to observe the migrate birds such as Whooper Swan, Dalmatian Pelican, Glaylag Goose, Black-headed Gull, Marsh Harrier, Ducks and other wintering birds in Selke Wildlife Refuge.

In indoor training, “Life in Anzali Wetland” video was shown to students. In addition Ms. Farahbakhsh, who is local member of JICA expert team, lectured students about the birds of the Anzali Wetland by using the booklet “Birds in Anzali Wetland” and games. They became more familiar with the birds in Anzali Wetland including their habitat, nutrition and physical characteristics, and have learnt that Anzali Wetland has significant values not only for human but also for the other creatures, especially birds, so it is necessary to take more effort to restore and conserve it. Both materials were prepared by the Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project phase I, and still are very useful for study the Anzali Wetland.