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BirdEuroVision 2002
« on: May 25, 2002, 07:42:00 AM »

Tonight at 20:00 pm is the EuroVision 2002 song contest. It is a competition between 30 European countries for the best pop song of the year. On the sideline the Bird Conservationists decided to do their own thing along the same lines to draw attention toward human atrocities to the enviroment and directly to certain birds causing a threat to their extinction.... :

BirdEuroVision 2002
Birdsong contest

(click on "Participants" on upper left column to hear audio sample of each bird)

Public voting: Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Iceland
Professional's voting: Thrush Nightingale (Luscinia luscinia), Estonia

Today, 24 May, the month-long internet-based Birdeurovision voting for the sweetest bird song of Europe ended. The public vote favoured the non-song birdcall of the Golden Plover. But through the attention to birds that the competition has brought, friends of nature all over the world were the winners.

Europeans voted Icelandís Golden Plover as their favourite in the Birdeurovision song contest. Their chorus of plaintive piping (often heard well before the birds can be seen) is a joy to hear and conjures up pictures of wild and desolate moorland and tundra.
GOLDEN PLOVER : This bird has a religious significance as it is said that the golden plover contains the souls of all Jews who took part in the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As a result the bird is seen to be a sad and wandering bird, being able to find no rest. The call of the golden plover is a melancholy one, and in Wales (UK) it is traditionally believed to be a death omen.

After the Golden Plover Europeans rated highly the beautiful songs of Bluethroat (Belgium) and European Oystercatcher (Faroe Islands).

Simultaneous with the public voting via the Internet, a jury of European ornithologists voted for their favourite, giving points to the candidates based on the same system as is used in the peoples Eurovision song contest. The chart of the European ornithologistsí has the Thrush Nightingale, the bird selected by internet vote to represent Estonia, at the top.

During the one-month voting period nearly 400,000 hits were made on the contestís internet site. On the homepage   one could listen to the songs of the feathered artists from 21 European countries. The artists were judged based on a 30-second bird song or call recording submitted by each countryís bird societies.

Important is that tens of thousands of Europeans discovered, in the background of May 25th Eurovision pop music event, their small, but musically very talented bird neighbors. Itís possible that a large number of visitors of the internet site  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 organisers also contend that everyone that listened to the 21 different bird voices can be convinced that the distinguishing of one bird from another doesnít require a better-trained ear than to distinguish the 24 Eurovision songs from the human voice countraparts.

Prizes for the winners are handcrafted Estonian ceramic whistling birds. The prizes will be given to the representing bird organisations that presented the recordings of the feathered artists.

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 their protection.

The organising of Birdeurovision cost approximately 12,500 EUR. The internet homepage  was visited 400,000 times, and votes were registered 30,000 times.