Bird Observatories play an important role in the conservation of migrating birds. First of all being guarantee of prevention of bird’s threats. Secondly because systematic count of soaring birds can detect population trends (see specific page). But also because the activity of Bird Observatories are of paramount importance for education and dissemination of ecological knowledge and conservationist.
The Birds Directive
European Union parliament promoted a law for the Conservation of bird species that are declining across the European range. The Birds Directive (2009/147/EC) aims to protect all of the 500 wild bird species naturally occurring in the European Union. Almost all raptor species migrating at the Strait of Messina are included in the Annex 1 of Birds Directive underlining the importance to establish a Bird Observatory along the Central Mediterranean Flyway.
Many European, African and some Asian countries signed this agreement named Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia. The aims of this agreement is to promote internationally coordinated actions to achieve and maintain the favourable conservation status of migratory birds of prey throughout their range in the African-Eurasian region, and to reverse their decline when and where appropriate.