"The Living Exhibition" - a special guest of the "Young Blue Earth" festival, organized by the Regional Natural History Museum - Plovdiv

The Green Balkans team took part in the festive program of the Regional Museum of Natural History in Plovdiv on the occasion of Earth Day - April 22. The Natural History Museum traditionally organizes the Youth Creativity Festival "Young Blue Earth".

This year it was held in the period April 20-22, and this was its 9th consecutive edition. Green Balkans traditionally participates in the initiative and presents its environmental protection activities to the participants and guests. Children and youth from 5 to 18 years of age took part in the event, who presented their talented works and performances in the categories "Fine Art", "Music", and "Dance".

Within the framework of the Festival, various workshops, educational games and many surprises were organized, and our experts from Green Balkans presented the young curious people with the "Living Exhibition". It includes life-size models of rare and protected bird species, including the Imperial eagle, Lesser kestrel, Black vulture, and more.

The exhibition itself presents the activities of the BESTbelt project, implemented by Green Balkans in partnership with the Turkish organization "Back to Nature" and the German foundation EuroNatur with the financial support of the European Union. The project is aimed at the conservation and research of the emblematic species of birds, the subject of the exhibition, found in the Green Belt, part of the border territories of Bulgaria and Turkey. The important habitats for both species are concentrated in the border areas, falling within the scope of the former "Iron Curtain", and today united in the international initiative European Green Belt.

Also, special attention was paid to the 10th anniversary of the recovering of the nesting of the Lesser kestrel in Bulgaria, which Green Balkans will celebrate with a series of events in 2024 within the framework of the project "Life for the Lesser kestrel" LIFE19 NAT/BG /001017 implemented by Green Balkans with the support of the LIFE Program of the EU. Our team had the opportunity to tell about our long-term efforts and successes in front of all the curious little ones and the accompanying adults. Most participants in the Festival were extremely impressed when they found out that one of the last places where the species nested in the past were precisely the hills of the city of Plovdiv.