Erik Joustra, maker of this 23 March 2016 video, saved the weasel.
Farmer Murk Nijdam from Wommels village won the bronze godwit award of BirdLife in the Netherlands. That was announced this Sunday morning in the Vroege Vogels radio show.
Nijdam surpasses all Dutch farmers with the highest density of grassland birds on his land.
Therefore, BirdLife wanted to reward him.
The award consists of a bronze statuette and a check for 1,000 euros. That money Nijdam should spend at his discretion on meadow birds.
The farmer was surprised. “I love doing this and will continue for more years.”
She is back!
Black-tailed godwit Amalia after months-long trek back in Friesland
Her journey from Africa to the Netherlands is over. Early this morning godwit Amalia was spotted in Britswert, Friesland. The last weeks of her journey have been followed with great interest. Yesterday she still appeared in France, and this morning it looked a bit like she was headed for Ireland. It appears that there was a minor glitch in the transmitter Amalia wears. In the last part of the route in reality she was already on her way to the Netherlands, she has flown 1,200 km in one go.
The return of Amalia will be celebrated on Monday March 14 in Britswert. It promises to be a great event with stories, odes, poetry, coffee and drinks. And a small ritual that has all it takes to become a new celebrate-spring tradition.
Black-tailed godwits in Friesland: here.
This music video from the Netherlands is called Harry Sacksioni – De Paddentrek (Toad Migration).
Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:
Behind VHL college in Leeuwarden [in Friesland province] is a small river, the Potmarge. In early spring small amphibians there in the morning and the evening cross in order to reproduce. There, they cross the bike path on which they are often crushed by cyclists and scooter riders. Alumni Carlijn Lanrijssens and her classmate Tariq Stark sometimes found thirty killed smooth newts on the bike path. “We thought that really can not go on next to a green college. Moreover, it is unique that there is such a large population of newts so close to downtown,” said Carlijn.
Tariq and Carlijn took the initiative to rescue the animals. With the help of the municipality of Leeuwarden, two 130-meter fences were placed along the Potmarge. On both sides of them thirty buckets were buried. A group of students now twice a day bends over the buckets to free the salamanders and to transfer them safely. Sometimes they also find unfortunate frogs and toads. In each bucket is a stick or a twig. “In that way, mice can climb out.” Students register numbers and sex of the salamanders, to understand the size of the population.
Across the country with the help of volunteers last year more than 270,000 amphibians were transferred.