"Nesting Platforms for Storks in Lithuania" / ECOLOGIA-Baltics (Started on 01-18-02)

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01-18-02 Giedre Donauskaite
Dear Review Committee members,
Please review this proposal by January 29.
Thank you.

Making Nesting Platforms for White Storks in Taurage district of Lithuania

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Region: Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, Lithuania
Author: Birute Bastiene, Environmental Club “Friends of the forest”, Taurage
Consortium Member: ECOLOGIA-Baltics
Budget: $400

Information about organization
Environmental club “Friends of the forest” of Taurage Vocational School was established in December of 1998. Majority of club members – students of Vocational School. Objectives of Club activities are to implement concrete environmental projects in order to beautify natural surroundings in Taurage district (Western Lithuania). Club members help foresters to take care and clean local forests, during winter period feed forest animals and birds, make nesting boxes for the birds, organize Earth Day events in the region, participate in the environmental education and awareness campaigns in the high schools.

Project need
Human love and respect for the white stork is well known from the ancient times, when white stork was considered to be a special bird. Even in the ancient times it was observed that stork’s behavior is similar to the human behavior, so people in different countries came to the common conclusion that long time ago, back in the past storks were human beings. In Poland it was believed that stork was a human being : vicious slanderer and calumniator. That’s why God turned him into stork and put penance on him: to clean the world from various slugs. Another reason why stork is traced from humans - is storks’ “customs” that were observed in the early ages. For example, lifelong wedding relationships, sincere fidelity, though … some zoologists present examples about stork-cavalier making wing-beats around the spouse of other stork, and she is accepting the stork-cavalier when the husband is away. In every place of the world inhabited by the storks – from Northern Africa to Southern Sweden, from Holland to Blossom Cherry gardens – everywhere storks are connected with a lot of prejudices and sorcery. It is common belief that stork brings happiness. If the first time in spring you see the stork flying – it means you will be healthy, successful in your works and love. If you see the stork standing – it means all year you’ll be lazy, weak, and can not even dream about success in love.
In nowadays number of storks is decreasing because of less wetland areas and less quiet places are left in our natural environment. Who knows, perhaps in the near future we’ll see these beautiful birds only in the zoo, which means – birds that are not flying.
In order to prevent this from happening, we are submitting this project. Students will pick the places to build stork nesting platforms, will help to build them and will have a possibility to watch the life of these birds.

Methods of implementation
We are planning to build 10 metal-wooden platforms for the storks’ nests in the territory of Pagramantis Regional Park:
1 nest – in Alijosiskes village;
1 nest – in Tamoshaiciai village;
1 nest – in Balskai village;
1 nest – in Pagramantis settlement;
1 nest – in Matishkiai village;
1 nest – in Dapkishkiai village;
1 nest – in Gudlaukis village;
1 nest – in Jociai village, by the Vynija streamlet;
1 nest – in Saukenai village;
1 nest – in Indija village.

Goals of the project
To build new platforms for the white storks in order to protect them. By involving students in this project – to attract young people to participate in environmental activities and respect the nature.

Time frame:
Project will last for three months – March – June :
March – preparation for making platforms (purchasing metal intermediate products, wood);
April – making platforms, transporting and building them on the trees;
May-June – watching if the storks had come flying to the nests.

Expected outcomes
Students will watch the storks’ life. It is possible to organize nests’ building projects every year, but funding sources are needed to continue this work every year. If this project is funded, we’ll publicize this project and it’s results in local media, so this may increase funding probability from local business people for the next year’s project.Constant care of these birds will help to protect them.

Project budget
Purchasing and making metal parts for the platforms - $50
Purchasing wooden boards - $25
Wage for welding and sawing - $50
Transportation costs - $25
Hiring the loader to build the platforms on the trees - $200
Printing project materials - $25
Students trips to the nature - $25

Total: $400.00

DISCUSSION:

01-18-02 Randy Kritkausky Proposal Review
I approve of this project. It is a replica of a project we have approved and a donor funded in the Czech Republic. The nature protection and youth education aspect of the work is clear.
The budget is reasonable and clearly explained.
I congratulate the group on providing the interesting lore surrounding the stork. It makes the proposal much more interesting to the reader.

01-21-02 Giedre Donauskaite Proposal review
I recommend approval of this proposal. It has concrete outcomes, aims to educate young people not only to respect the nature, but also to involve them in concrete work making platforms.
This group have received support from our Baltic Mini-Grant Program two times: one was the project "Making Trash Containers by the River", and "Planting Park near the Stadium". I can assure that if their Virtual Foundation project is funded, they will put not only their hands in this work, but also their hearts.

01-30-02 Alene N. Case Proposal Review
I approve this proposal. Perhaps these folks should connect with the group in the Czech Republic especially regarding the monitoring of nests and banding of new chicks.

01-30-02 Carolyn Schmidt Proposal Review
I also recommend approval of this proposal. Clearly stork protection is a strong focus for voluntarism in Central Europe. I can second Giedre's evaluation of this group's earlier efforts, having seen the final reports they did on their earlier projects.

02-07-02 Carolyn Schmidt, Executive Committee Approval
Following the recommendations of the Proposal Review committee, I vote to adopt this proposal as an ECOLOGIA proposal, and post it on the Virtual Foundation website.

02-12-02 Randy Kritkausky EXEC COM Proposal Review
I approve of this project and recommend posting it on our website.

02-15-02 Ed Shoener, ExCom ExCom
I vote to adopt this project and post it on our website.

02-26-02 Project Approved and Posted
This project has been approved by the Executive Committee, and is now posted on the VF website.

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