"Ornis" - Verein für Vogelkunde und Vogelschutz Annaberg e.V.
News and History:
- The association was founded in Annaberg/Saxony on March 17, 1882.
- In 1990, when many East German associations became independent, the historic
"Ornis"-Verein was re-established. It was registered as No 06 on May 08, 1990.
- Its heraldic animal is Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus alpestris). This
bird species was identified as a breeding bird in the Annaberg district by some
members of our association.
- At present there are 32 members in our association.
- Since the re-establishment, "Ornis"-Verein has published a minimum of 4
newsletters per year for its members and friends. There has also been an
INTERNET-presentation since the end of January, 1997.
- The purpose of the association is to provide regionally oriented bird research. The members work on a
voluntary basis and are involved in many regional and supraregional
- Besides a monthly meeting, we also organize project days, excursions,
and bird call identification field trips.
- The members of "Ornis"-Verein support and participate in regional and
supraregional nature conservation work.
- "Ornis"-Verein cultivates close and friendly relations with many other
ornithological associations at home and abroad.
- Some members of "Ornis" are voluntary collaborators of the Banding Station
in Hiddensee and work at scientific birdbanding.
- "Ornis"-Verein is a non-profit association.
Honorary members (since 1990):
- On Feb. 28, 2002, Dr. Siegfried Eck, Museum of Zoology Dresden, Germany, was awarded the
honorary doctorate degree by the dean and the department of Biology of the Johannes Gutenberg - Universität Mainz.
Dr. h.c. siegfried Eck died on 11th September 2005. It was a bereavement to our society.
- Due to his merits for preservation of the local birds and foundation and developement of the "Ornis"-Verein
the president Johannes Schlegel is awarded the honorary membership on the occassion of his 65th birthday.