Public opening of Anzali Wetland Environmental Education Center (AWEEC) located in Selke Wildlife Refuge during the summer and after that with the pilot management of three NGOs (Gilan Women against Population Society (GWEPS), Gilan Women and Youth Environmental Society (GWYES), Sarzamin-e-ideal ma Environmental Institute (SEI), member of Sub-Committee on the Anzali Wetland Ecological Management Project-Phase II will continue with the cooperation of Department of Environment (DOE), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
During the summer months, these programs will be conducted on Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and the enthusiasts will use the facilities of the Center, including the bird Watching tower and Bird Hide, and will be familiar with the aquatic plants, animals, and the importance of Anzali Wetland Conservation through the guidance of trained members of the NGOs. Due to presence of summer, breeding birds as well as the lotus blooming in the wetland area, visitors can experience a complete different day in the Wetland.
Right now it’s possible to observe the Summers birds such as Whiskered Tern, Common Tern, Blue-Checked Bee eater, European Bee-eater, Common Cuckcoo, Great Reed Warbler, Cattle Egret, Black-Winged Stilt, Sand Martin, and some residence birds including Swamphen, Kingfisher, Pygmy Cormorant, Great Cormorant, and different type of Herons.
So far, more than 800 visitors have visited the center not only from Gilan province, but also from nearby provinces and Tehran. The purpose of the center and its attached facilities including wooden path leading to the biotope and educational class, is to raise public awareness about Anzali wetland, implementing experience based programs and eventually conserving the Anzali wetland.