Iberia Bird Festival - 2012

7th to 9th September 2012

CABO DE GATA- ALMERIA - SPAIN

Entrance Fee:  FREE

Excursions/Exhibitions/Lectures


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More about our 2012 Festival!



All profits (after costs) will be donated
to the education project of the Osprey Migration Foundation (OMF). Please support this festival and help us link communities and schools throughout the world.

The bird festival will run from Friday 7th through to Sunday 9th September. The centre for the festival will be the Hotel de Naturaleza Rodalquilar near the village of Rodalquilar in the heart of Cabo de Gata natural Park. Food and drinks are available on site, whether for snacks or full meals. The approximate format and sequence will be as below, a more detailed programme on this LINK

GRAND PRIZE DRAW

Win a Luxury Weekend for 8 to 24 people!
Enter our Grand Prize Draw for a holiday weekend of luxury in the Serrania de Ronda. Make sure you enter your details (available at the venue’s reception) for the chance to win this great prize. Each entry costs 1 euro and there is no limit to the number of entries you can have! All proceeds will be donated to the Osprey Migration Foundation. SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION



IMPORTANT: So much effort has gone into making our children's activities worthwhile and successful, our volunteers have not only given their time for free, but have also paid for all materials needed to make the 2 day activity programme fun for the kids. PLEASE can you help by donating towards these costs? To donate see this link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/216641


Entrance fees  - FREE.


Friday 7 Septiembre
- Exhibitor's and Open Day - Official opening (includes local produce cheese, jamon and wines) followed by lectures and local optional excursions. Bicycle hire available on site. 6 lectures of 40 minutes duration each (5 in Spanish and 1 in English). Note: No children's activities on the opening day (see Saturday and Sunday).

Lecture 1. 1100h - Magdalena Ruiz-Rodríguez. ¿Cómo influye la coloración llamativa de los coraciformes en su riesgo de depredación? Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas(CSIC)

Lecture 2. 1200h - Jose Luis Sánchez Balsera. Oferta turística de naturaleza en la provincia de Jaén: espacios y especies  Sierra Trek. http://www.sierra-trek.com

Lecture 3. 1300h - Tim Mackrill. Joining Communities with Ospreys.  Osprey Migration Foundation.   www.ospreys.org.uk

Lecture 4. 1700h - Mariano Paracuellos. Los humedales como islas de agua en un mar de tierra. Grupo de Investigacion Ecologia Acuatica y Acuicultura. Universidad de Almeria   http://marianoparacuellos.wordpress.com

Lecture 5. 1800h - Emilio González Miras. Seguimiento de aves terrestres amenazadas en la provincia de Almeria. Biólogo.  Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua   http://www.agenciamedioambienteyagua.es/

Lecture 6. 1900h - Jordi Moya-Laraño. Las arañas. Alimento para las aves y mucho más.  Functional and Evolutionary Ecology. Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, EEZA-CSIC, Almería   http://www.unioviedo.es/icab/jordi.html

Evening entertainment begins at 2100h and features the foremost flamenco artists of the region. Entertainment



Saturday 8 Septiembre
- Conference/Lecture Day -  6 lectures of 40 minutes duration each (5 in Spanish and 1 in English). Optional excursions available to view local birds and bicycle hire is also available. Plus excursion am to the Cabo de Gata saltpans.

Children's Activities start 10hr finishing 21.30hr see here for details

Lecture 1. 1100h - Juan Ramon Fernandez Cardenete. Las Aves en La Red Natura 2000. Biologo. G.I. Biología y Conservación de Vertebrados Mediterráneos, Dpto. de Biología Animal, Universidad de Granada.

Lecture 2. 1200h - Pablo Rivas Palomo. European Geoparks Network: a close view to Cabo de Gata-Níjar.  Asesor técnico del Geoparque Cabo de Gata-Níjar y miembro de la Red de Geoparques Europeos. www.juntadeandalucia.es/medioambiente/cabodegata-nijargeopark

Lecture 3. 1300h - Ceri Levy. The Bird Effect. Ghosts of gone birds.  http://www.ghostsofgonebirds.com

Lecture 4. 1700h - Jose Manuel López Martos. Las Salinas Mediterráneas como fábricas de vida. Intérprete-Informador Consejeria de Medio Ambiente.   http://www.facebook.com/jose.lopezmartos
                                         
Lecture 5. 1800h - Francisco Jesús Martín Barranco. Aves esteparias del sudeste ibérico. Biólogo. www.iberusbirdingnature.com

Lecture 6. 1900h - Alfonso Godino. El quebrantahuesos en Marruecos. ¿La extinción de la especie en el Norte de África?  Life Habitat Lince-Abutre. Estação Biológica Garducho. CEAI - Centro de Estudos de Avifauna Ibérica  www.iberusmedioambiente.com   

Evening entertainment begins at 2100h and features the foremost flamenco artists of the region. Entertainment



Sunday 9 Septiembre
- Lectures am, 4 lectures of 40 minutes duration each (4 in Spanish). Optional excursions available, also bicycle hire can be arranged on site.

Children's Activities start 10h finishing 21.30h see here for details

Lecture 1. 1100h - Salvador Parra. 25 años de proteccion en el PN Sierra Maria Los Velez. Claves para el desarrollo del turismo ornitologico. Doctor Ingeniero Agrónomo y Licenciado en Ciencias Ambientales. Director del Parque Natural Sierra María – Los Vélez (Almería – Andalucía)

Lecture 2. 1200h - José Antonio Masiá. Turismo ornitológico: un turismo con garra.  Director de la agencia de viajes Trekking y Aventura. www.trekkingyaventura.com

Lecture 3. 1300h - Juan López Ruiz. Las aves a través de la Filatelia:  "La laguna salada del mar Menor en Murcia, un caso práctico".  Ornitólogo y naturalista. http://www.londinium.es/

Lecture 4. 1700h - Jesús Contreras. El turismo ornitológico en Almería. Un caso práctico.  Gestor de Oz Nature Wildlife y coordinador del Iberia Bird Festival. Naturalista y fotógrafo de naturaleza. www.indalodeoz.com

Iberia Bird Festival Conference:  17.00h - 19.00h see here for details
MESA REDONDA SOBRE TURISMO RESPONSABLE / ECOTURISMO

17:30-18:45h - Conferencia y mesa redonda: “El Turismo responsable… obligación y oportunidad”

Invitados a la mesa:
Antonio Jesús Reina                      Jefe Departamento en Turismo y Deporte de Andalucía
Natalia Díaz                                   Gerente del Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Almería
Antonio Hermosa                          Fundador de la Asociación “Amigos del Parque” de Cabo de Gata (Almería – Andalucía)
José Manuel Quero                        Director del Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata y Níjar
José Antonio Masiá                       Director de la agencia de viajes Trekking y Aventura
Salvador Parra                                Director del Parque Natural de Sierra Maria y Los Vélez (Almería – Andalucía)
 
Moderadores :   Peter Jones y Jesus Contreras – Coorganziadores del 1º IBERIA BIRD FESTIVAL

Evening entertainment - The last evening will be a social night enjoying drinks and tapas, generally meeting friends in a relaxed atmosphere afforded by our venue.


Entrance fees
  - FREE.


Exhibitors: Any company wishing to exhibit at the festival should contact the organisers directly. Contact details: iberiabirdfestival


Some useful Quick Links


Information on Speakers
Information on Excursions
Information on Activities for Children
Information on Bicycle Hire

Please do share this information with all your friends and anyone who you think might be interested. Thank you from the IBF Team.





Our home for the 2012 Festival


Location:  Hotel de Naturaleza Rodalquilar  - Rodalquilar - PN de Cabo de Gata - Almería. 


The Hotel Naturaleza Rodalquilar is situated in the Natural Park 'Cabo de Gata'.

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a natural park in Andalusia, Spain, near the city of Almería. It is the largest terrestrial-maritime
reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata, and 120 km² of the sea as a part of a Marine reserve. It is of volcanic origin and is centred around the Cabo de Gata headland. Its climate is semiarid to the extent of being the driest location in Europe. In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2001 it was included among the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance.

Our home for the 2012 festival has wonderful facilities including an exhibition hall, lecture room, restaurant, snack bar, bar, large open internal courtyard, swimming pool, spa and of course ample public services. It is very close to the village of Rodalquilar, where the natural park head offices are situated and houses a wonderful geological museum, as well as the famous, but now redundant, gold mine. In the village there are plenty of lively bars and tapas restaurants. Beaches are a short walk away and bicycle hire will also be available from the festival complex. Daily guided excursions will also be running from the festival.


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