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Country: Lithuania

Organisation: EBU - LRT

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT RADIO joins the Dawn Chorus for the fourth time.  LRT RADIO is excited to replace the usual Sunday morning broadcast with the national and international Dawn Chorus once again this year.  Our team will be on location with their radio van, equipped with several microphones positioned to capture the diverse singers of the Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve.  Click here to read LRT's Press Release about the Dawn Chorus.

Recording a Dawn Chorus preview segment for Mooney Goes Wild at Lake Žuvintas (photo: Twitter / Vaida Pilibaityte)
Recording a Dawn Chorus preview segment for Mooney Goes Wild at Lake Žuvintas (photo: Twitter / Vaida Pilibaityte)

Location: Lake Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve

Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve, Lithuania

Žuvintas Biosphere Reserve, located in the southern part of the country, is the first protected area of Lithuania, and was established more than 80 years ago.  It is home to several lakes, wetlands, mires, peat bogs and pine forests.  A great variety of habitats makes this reserve very rich in biodiversity.  Lake Žuvintas and surrounding areas are important breeding and feeding grounds for numerous protected bird species such as Eurasian Bittern, Common Crane, Spotted Crake, Aquatic Warbler and others.

Lake Žuvintas (photo: Twitter / Vaida Pilibaityte)
Lake Žuvintas (photo: Twitter / Vaida Pilibaityte)

On Air: Vaida Pilibaityte (LRT presenter), Arunas Pranaitis (Director of Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve) & Marius Karlonas (ornithologist with Birdlife Lithuania)

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Listen: LRT Radio

Click here to watch a video of presenter Vaida Pilibaityte and sound engineer Marius Dundulis talk on Lithuanian television about the Dawn Chorus, and click here to listen to Vaida's interview with Derek Mooney and naturalist Arunas Pranaitis about the broadcast.

Host/ Reporter/Producer:  Vaida Pilibaityte is an award-winning Lithuanian public radio journalist and feature producer. She produces a weekly program on environment and nature on LRT RADIO. This is her third year hosting the Dawn Chorus from Lithuania.

Ornithologists Marius Karlonas (left) and Arunas Pranaitis (right) with host Vaida Pilibaityte (centre)

Bird Expert 1: Arunas Pranaitis is a biologist and nature conservation expert, member of Birdlife Lithuania.  He is the head of the Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve, where LRT is broadcasting the Dawn Chorus from.  Arunas has authored and co-authored a number of scientific articles and books on bird ecology and conservation in Lithuania.

Bird Expert 2: Marius Karlonas is an ornithologist, nature educator and guide, member of Lietuvos ornitologu draugija (LOD, or Lithuanian Ornithological Society, BirdLife International's affiliate member in Lithuania), and author of birdwatching guidebooks. He joined the Dawn Chorus broadcast team in 2018.

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Key Species: Savi's Warbler, Great Bittern, Thrush Nightingale

Savi's Warbler (Photo by Mathias Schaef/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Savi's Warbler (Photo by Mathias Schaef/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

To read more about Lithuania's work on the Dawn Chorus, and to listen, click here.

To view some stunning photos sent in to LRT's Facebook page by their listeners, visit www.facebook.com/pg/LRT.LT.

The LRT Dawn Chorus crew proudly wearing their hats!  Pictured: Arunas Pranaitis, Marius Karlonas, Martina Rackauskaite, Aiste Baltraityte, Marius Dan, Aušra Juraite and Vaida Pilibaityte (photo: LRT / Facebook)
The LRT Dawn Chorus crew proudly wearing their hats!  Pictured: Arunas Pranaitis, Marius Karlonas, Martina Rackauskaite, Aiste Baltraityte, Marius Dan, Aušra Juraite and Vaida Pilibaityte (photo: LRT / Facebook)