LIPU Association – Italian Association for Birds Protection

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LIPU Association (Italian Association for Birds Protection) was founded in 1965 and it’s one of the first environmental associations in Italy and partner of Bird Life Association, the greatest network of associations which work for the defense of biodiversity by preservation of birds and their habitat.

The LIPU section in Asti was born in 1983 and includes 300 members; it’s operative thanks to the work of volunteers that look after environmental education, management of Recovery Centre for Wild Animals, scientific research, monitoring activity about permanent and migratory bird populations.

For info: LIPU Centre in Tigliole d’Asti (7 km far from the n.12 provincial street in direction of the village of Tigliole)

Address: Località Case Doglioni, Tigliole d’Asti – http://www.lipuat.com   e-mail: lipuat@libero.it

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TOURISM FOR STUDENTS.

Since many years LIPU Centre in Tigliole d’Asti works on Environmental Education, involving every year 50 classes of students from Primary and Middle schools coming from the provinces of Asti and Cuneo.

Stimulating curiosity, knowledge, love and respect for natural environment is  the main purpose of each activity, offering to young people the opportunity to perceive the presence of Nature around, with its resources, problems, rhythms and dynamics, that are very important for human life.

LIPU Association offers two different educational activities: 

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A FEATHER AS A FRIEND. An educational program, including both theoretical and practical activities which will give to students the possibility to recognize the various species of birds, habitat where they live and their habits.

Program: in the rooms of  Recovery Centre for Wild Animals placed in Tigliole d’Asti, students will be able to take part into the different phases of scientific research on the birds hosted in the aviaries in order to be nursed and the animals captured for monitoring activity  about their moves. In addition, some aspects of environment protection and biodiversity will be introduced. Activity starts at 9.00 and ends at 12.00.

Donation for activity: 3,00 euros per person.

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108     

Environmental Education activities suggested by LIPU Association can stimulate several kinds of methodological and  behavioral approach.

–          Discovery (incentive to contemplation and intuition)

–          Perceptive observation (incentive to sensorial sensibility and instinct)

–          Scientific and inter-disciplinary study (incentive to analytical, logical, rational and cultural activities)

–          Esthetical observation (incentive to artistic, poetic, descriptive, contemplative sensibility)

–          Imagination (incentive to fantasy and imagination)

–          Memory (incentive to concrete and abstract experiences)

–          Sociality (incentive to take part into experiences in the environment and share them)

–          Game (incentive to creative attitudes and sociality)

All these behaviors can be stimulated both in children and young people (and also in adults and olds) choosing the appropriate method in base of each school level. In order to guarantee a complete educational experience, the most of activities has to be projected as an operative practical work, together with frontal lessons, texts and audiovisual equipment.

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities. 

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ARTIFICIAL NESTS. Thanks to this activity students can learn methods and places chosen by birds to nest, and make artificial nests in order to help species in difficulty.

Program: this activity will be made along one morning in the rooms of LIPU Association Centre placed in Tigliole d’Asti, and include two steps. During the first theoretical stage will be a description about bird species that can use artificial nests and an explanation about the most suitable places where they can be collocated. During the second practical stage students will be able to create nests and place them on the trees.

On request of teachers, this activity can be also  made in classroom.

Donation for activity: 3,00 euros per person.

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com  – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

Analysis about naturalistic and ecological aspects of an intensely cultivated area  it’s possible to notice the scarcity of animal species immediately. In the past, thanks to the presence of many  border hedges including big trees, the life in cultivated zones was very rich and the natural balance was not compromised. On the big trees in fact birds were able to find protection, alimentation and  good places for nesting, breeding and progeny upbringing. Nowadays countryside offers good protective and dietary conditions only to few bird species, whereas situation is dramatic for the most of birds  because of absence of breeding sites; moreover modern buildings are inaccessible to each kind of animals and the old houses have being restored in way of prevent birds from using slits, attics, clefts and cracks.

Presently an efficient action which can be undertaken consists in the collocation of a good quantity of artificial nests, in order to give to birds the occasion of finding again favorable conditions for breeding. The presence of artificial nests is very important for agricultural sector as an efficient support for protection against parasitic insects and as a good help to biological farming.

Because of these reasons, artificial nests can be seen as real instruments for Environmental Education. One of the most interesting aspects of this activity consists in the possibility to combine various experiences:

–          Manual skill excercise

–          Power of observation development

–          Acquisition of scientific basics and tecniques of data collection and processing

–          Improvement of relationship ability

–          Acquisition of better knowledge of territory

–          Acquisition of awareness that they can intervene actively in order to improve difficult situations of birds’ life

–          Opportunity to realize some researches about biology of birds.

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities. 

Escursioni per famiglieDAILY TOURS FOR FAMILIES.

LIPU Association suggests some tours discovering two different natural environments in the area of Asti:

– The river. Tanaro river will be the protagonist of this excursion and help us to recognize all the bird species that frequent it. It will be possible to visit the Natural Oasis “Le Rocche”, placed in Premes locality, next to the village of Antignano. This Oasis is located between the river and the rocks, a strategic point of observation for discovering local birds especially during autumn and spring.

– The wood. The wood placed in LIPU Centre area in Tigliole d’Asti will be the protagonist of this second tour. Its flavors, sounds, colors will keep company with us along the trip and help us to recognize woodpeckers, great tits, butterflies, hedgehogs and find among leaves buzzards and tawny owls. Walking along the paths, we’ll reach the aviaries of Recovery Centre, where we’ll be able to observe some kinds of birds during their rehabilitation before returning in liberty.

These activities are addressed to all the families that  want to spend a half day in very close contact with nature guided by LIPU workers.

When: the second and fourth Saturday of March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November.

Excursion duration: 3 hours

Donation for activity: 50,00 euros per family including LIPU member card, DVD, educational material

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities. 

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The migration of birds. LIPU Association suggests to spend a morning at the Ornithological Observatory in Tigliole d’Asti  in company with expert ornithologists that will show and explain in detail some phases of scientific research about the mysterious phenomenon of bird migrations. Thanks to sophisticated capture system, birds will be observed, studied, provided with bands and released immediately.

This activity is addressed to Nature lovers that want to get next to birds world.

When: the first and third Saturday of  January, February, March, April, October, November, December.

Duration: from sunrise to midday

Donation for activity: 25,00 euros per person including LIPU member card, DVD, educational material

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities.

pipistrelloLOOKING FOR BATS. LIPU Association suggests to spend a night at the Ornithological Observatory in Tigliole d’Asti looking for bats, which nowadays are very rare in our territory. It will be a good occasion to get next to these animals, still treated badly, but very useful for the ecosystem as efficient natural insecticide. With the help of experts and “bat-detector”, we’ll learn to recognize the different species, to understand their habits and respect them for preserving them in the future.

This activity is addressed to people who want to find out more about bats and their habits.

When: Each first Friday of April, May, June, July, August and September.

Duration: from sunset to midnight

Donation for activity: 25,00 euros per person including LIPU member card, DVD, educational material.

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities.

EVENTS BY LIPU ASSOCIATION 

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2014, 27th of April – Sunday. LIPU ASSOCIATION’S OASIS AND RESERVES FESTIVAL. The Nature returns to be the protagonist, during the migration of birds period, and prepares itself to the great season of breeding. On the 27th of April

LIPU ASSOCIATION’S OASIS AND RESERVES FESTIVAL waits for You: 17 natural “paradises” will be open to public, from Piedmont to Sicily, with a program suitable both for families and the most demanding birdwatchers: guided tours, liberation of animals tretaed in LIPU centres, games for children. Together with LIPU experts and workers you will be able to discover 250 species of birds, landscapesa and uncontaminated nature in LIPU Oasis, made up of 4.500 hectars of humid zones, coasts and woods that the Association manages all over Italy in collaboration with local administrations and privates.

LIPU CENTRE in Tigliole d’Asti organizes a guided tour in the morning.

This activity is addressed to all.

When: 2014, 27th of April – Sunday at 10,00

Where: LIPU ASSOCIATION CENTRE in Tigliole d’Asti

Donation for activity: 3,00 euros per person. Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities.

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

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2014, 13rd of July – Sunday. SUMMER FESTIVAL. Each year LIPU Association organizes the traditional Summer Festival which since 15 uears represents the most important and exciting moment for the Association. During this day visitors (2013 year edition registered 1000 people) can understand personally the great diligence guaranteed by workers for conducting the various activities as environmental education, wild animal recovering, local and migratory birds monitoring, scientific research in collaboration with University in Turin.

On the 13rd of July from 10,00 to 22,00 it will be possible:

–          To take part into the guided tours in the rooms of Centre

–          To attend lessons about Ornithology in open-air classroom

–          To make a tour along paths of Centre’s woods, by walking or by reading nice donkeys.

–          To take part into educational games

–          To learn to make artifical nests

–          To attend liberation of birds treated in Recovery Centre

–          To learn to appreciate and preserve bats, that are very useful for ecosystem but usually frighten a lot

–          To recognize stars thanks to experts.

–          To listen to good music in a natural location

–          To taste a delicious “merenda sinoira” offered by LIPU workers.

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities.

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2014, 4th of October, Saturday – 5th of October, Sunday EUROBIRDWATCH. 50 events in order to know wild birds, the LIPU Association’s Oasis and Reserves and the Natural Areas most interesting in Italy. The Eurobirdwatch 2014 edition will take place in 33 European Countries joined to Bird Life International  and also in this year all the participants  will be able to contribute to the great migratory birds European census.

In our Country the event will take place in the LIPU Association’s Oasis and Reserves and  is sponsored by both the Ministry of Environment and Territory and Sea Protection and Federparchi Association. In collaboration with many LIPU sections and Forest Service in some important areas for bird-watching in Italy, as protected areas, humid zones, hills and mountain areas it will be possible to observe 300 wild birds species.

LIPU Association in Asti takes part into this initiative, organizing a day dedicated to birds observation in our territory. Each participant, by observing and counting birds, will be able to give a contribute to scientific research, for individuating actions that have to be undertaken for the defense of ecosystem.

The event will take place on the 5th of October, Sunday, at 10,00 in the Natural Oasis called “Le Rocche”, located in Premes locality, next to the village of Antignano.

Donation for activity: 3,00 euros per person. 

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

Proceeds recollected by events will be used to improve programs and environmental education practical activities. 

WOULD YOU LIKE COLLABORATING WITH LIPU ASSOCIATION?

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2014, March – SPRING ALIVE! Spring Alive is a great environmental education project: a monitoring action which involves more than 30 Countries in Europe, Africa and Middle East, and it’s addressed to children, young people, families, schools and all citizens.

Swallow profile – Swift profile – Bee eater profile – White stork profile – Cuckoo bird profile

This project takes place simultaneously from the 1st of February to the 22nd of June all over Europe and Middle East, whereas in Autumn it “moves” towards South African Republic and some others Countries in African Continent. Come and receive Spring with children schools from all the Europe taking part into a great event organized by LIPU Association!

How does it work? Children, families and schools from all the Countries that take part into the project are invited to observe and report on the special web site  www.springalive.net the arrival of 5 birds species as messengers of Spring: the swallow,  the swift, the bee eater, the  white stork  and the cuckoo bird.

Participants have to advise on the web site www.springalive.net the first sighting in the season of these species. Sightings registration will contribute to update maps about Europe and Italy which point out how the spring gets ahead in our Country and all over the Continent. Thanks to the data recollected by collaboration with participants, it will be possible to control changes about arrival moments of migratory birds and understand better how climate changes influence migrations. Because of it, Spring Alive is considered as a “Citizen science” project: it has the features of science but involves all the citizens directly.

Educational and promotional materials can be downloaded from the web site www.springalive.net in pdf format.

For info and booking: lucacalcagno87@gmail.com – Mobile: +39 331 8094108

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ADOPT A BIRD OF PREY!

It’s an initiative by LIPU Association for recollecting funds in order to sustain Wild Animals Recovery Centre. By a minimum contribute of 25,00 euros you will be able to make a distance adoption of an owl, a buzzard.. You’ll have the possibility to follow all the phases from therapy to rehabilitation and finally its return to the Nature when it will be able to fly again. You’ll also receive the LIPU member card, DVD, educational material.

Contact us: lipuat@libero.it