Robert Oetjen, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Estonian
Fund for Nature said, important is that tens of thousands
of Europeans discovered, in the background of a pop music event,
their small, but musically very talented bird neighbors. Its
possible that a large number of visitors of the internet site www.birdeurovision.org
learned for the first time to distinguish the songs of the Blackbird
from the Thrush Nightingale and heard the calls of the Golden Plover
for the fist time.
The purpose for organising the Birdeurovision song contest has
been to draw attention of the Estonian and European public to the
diversity of birds that are living beside us and to the need for
Estonia is very important site in Europe for migrating birds. Every
spring and autumn about 10 million migratory birds stop in Estonia,
which is many times more than the number of tourists visiting Estonia.
Estonian Post released a special post card, which portrays all
21 birds participating in the birdeurovision contest and for which
the postage cost for sending to any country in the world is included
in the price.
The organising of Birdeurovision cost approximately 12,500 EUR.
The internet homepage www.birdeurovision.org was visited 400,000
times, and votes were registered 30,000 times.
Organisers of the event thank Estonian Television, Estonian Post,
Tallinn Zoo and all of the participating ornithological societies
from 20 European countries for supporting the event.
Birdeurovision was organised by the Estonian Fund for Nature, the
Estonian Ornithological Society, and the telecommunications company
The Estonian Fund for Nature (ELF) is an non-profit independent
environmental organisation working in nature conservation, nature
education and sustainable development projects. ELF is the partner
organisation of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Estonia.
Info: www.elfond.ee, email@example.com
The Estonian Ornithological Society is a non-profit Estonian
bird protection organisation and the Estonian partner of the international
bird protection network Birdlife International. Info: www.eoy.ee
Tele2 is the leading alternative pan-European telecommunications
company offering fixed and mobile telephony, data network and
Internet services to 15.8 million people in 21 countries. Info:
Press conference presenters:
Robert Oetjen Estonian Fund for Nature, Chairman of the
Mati Kaal Tallinn Zoo, Director
Mati Kose Estonian Ornithological Society
Andres Jõesaar TELE2, Director of E-commerce