4th Bird Watching Festival Program (2011)

August 18, 2011

4th Çoruh Valley Bird Watching Festival [23-24-25 September 2011]

Festival Program

September 23rd 2011 (Friday)

12:00 Meeting in Erzurum, Departure to Tortum-Pehlivanlı, Watch Golden Eagle on the way

(There will be shuttles from Erzurum at 12:00 and 18:30)

15:00-18:30 Establishment of the camping area

18:30-20:30 Welcoming, Brief presentations about the festival and the region

20:30-21:30 Dinner (Free of charge)

September 24th 2011 (Saturday)

06:30 Breakfast

07:30-09:00 Departure to Kılıçkaya

09:00-11:30 Bird-(Raptor), plant- and butterfly-watching accompanied by experienced guides in Kılıçkaya.

11:30 Departure to Karadağ

12:30-13:30 Lunch (picnic)

13:30-18:00 Bird-(Raptor), plant- and butterfly-watching accompanied by experienced guides in Kılıçkaya.

18:00 Departure to Uzundere

19:30 Dinner (in Uzundere accompanied with local musicians)

21:30 Return to camp-site

September 25th 2011 (Sunday)

06:30 Breakfast

07:30-08:30 Check-outs and packing camping area

08:30 Departure to Tortum Lake and Tortum Waterfall

09:30-10:30 Site-seeing and Bird-watching (Water sports activities are available)

10.30-11.30 Departure to Uzundere-Zuğar district.

11.30-12.30 Lunch (Free of charge, chace to taste traditional cuisine; Festival evaluation survey, wishes and suggestions)

12.30 Departure to Erzurum plain

14.00-18.30 Bird-(Raptor), plant- and butterfly-watching accompanied by experienced guides in Erzurum plain.

18:30 Departure to Erzurum city center.

* Departure to Uzundere for those who wants to return.

Festival is organized by Eastern Anatolia Tourism Development Project (TDEAP-DATUR). The project implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Efes Pilsen’s financial support. Festival also supported by Nature Research Society, The Bird Paradise of the Anatolian Peak Project and local NGOs (UZKADER-Uzundere Association for Adding Value to Women Labour and UDOSK-Uzundere Nature Youth and Sports Club Association and ERTÜEL-Erzurum Tourism Envoies Association).


You can either use Online Application Form or download Application Form as MS Word document and send it to coruhfestival@dogaarastirmalari.org.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2011

Contact number: +90 321 432 18 79 Doğa Araştırmaları Derneği (Nature Research Society)


All local transfers within the festival area will be provided by the organization committee and no additional fee is required. 2 shuttle services will depart at 12:00 and 18:30 from Erzurum to the camp site in Tortum-Pehlivanlı. The guests are recommended to arrive at Erzurum before 12:00. On September 25th, the last day of the festival, the participants should arrange their departures according to the program.

Two accommodation types are available, hostel or camping, depending on your choice. The camping site is in the courtyard of the hostel.
The hostel price is TL 25,00-35,00 (due to room). This price is only for accommodation. Hot water is available only in some scheduled times. As the rooms are for 3-5 persons, the guests have no chance of staying alone in one room. The capacity of the hostel is limited to 20 persons and early bookings are recommended.
There is no fee for camping. The guests are expected to provide their own tents, sleeping bags, e.t.c.

The first dinner on September 23rd will be provided by the organization committee and is free. The two breakfasts which will be given on Sept. 24th and 25th are priced at TL 8,00. On Sept. 24th, the lunch will be provided by the visitors and there will be some shopping oportunities in the morning of the same day. The dinner on Sept. 24 costs TL 15,00. The lunch on Sept. 25th in Zuğar will be provided by the organization committee and it is free.

The variable weather conditions at these times of the year should be considered seriously. The watching points will be in considerably high elevations and on hilltops. Therefore all visitors are recommended to be well equipped against rain, cold weathers and strong winds, in order to enjoy their bird-watching trips.

Click here for detailed information about Fauna of Çoruh Valley.

Click here for detailed information about Bird Species in Çoruh Valley.

Click here for image gallery for bird species.