Swift Seminars The Swift Seminars will take place from 10. April 2016 in Hotel Nord. There will be a welcome barbecue on the evening of the 6th, and an ornithological excursion in the afternoon of 10th April




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Dear Swift friends,
April is coming near and here are the updates and reminders of the invitation.
Swift Seminars

The Swift Seminars will take place from 7.-10. April 2016 in Hotel Nord. There will be a welcome barbecue on the evening of the 6th, and an ornithological excursion in the afternoon of 10th April, it is led by the ornithologist Dr. J. Kaliciuk and goes to the nearby Beech Forest with a rich avifauna. It will begin at 12.00 hours and finish ca. at 16.00 hours. Then the Seminars will be finished.


Seminar language

The seminar language is English.


Venue

The seminars will be in Hotel NORD, ul. Lubieszyńska 1, 72-006 Mierzyn-Szczecin, Poland.


The Hotel Nord, and Szczecin in Poland:

The read drop marks the location of the venue Hotel Nord in the suburbs of Szczecin, NW Poland


Enlistment

For the seminars kindly enlist either with Zofia zosia47@gmail.com or with Ulrich tigges@bgu.ac.il.


For the excursion enlist with Zofia, for the barbecue order at Hotel Nord (contact see below).
55 attendants have enlisted so far.
Lectures

We will hear lectures about Swifts from the Palearctic, Australasia and the Neotropic. Fixed lectures so far are about. Apus apus apus, A. a. pekinensis, A. pallidus, A. pacificus, Tachymarptis melba, Aerodramus terraereginae, Hirundapus caudacutus and about the Cypseloidine Swifts in Brazil, with a big variety of topics, some confirmed are listed in the attachment.


There is still room for more lectures, kindly send your proposals to Ulrich.
Fee for the Seminars

As in 2012 and 2014, we will rise a fee to help others to attend the seminars. It is

free for unemployed persons and pupils

50 EUR normal

25 EUR for students (until M.A./diploma)

100 EUR for professionals (all those who earn money with animals/birds)


We urgently ask you to please pay the fee for the Seminars in advance! For those, who make the bank transfer in Zloty, use the following bank account:

Recipient: Joanna Szkutnik


ING Bank Slaski

IBAN:  PL 31 1050 1559 1000 0091 1200 2572


BIC/SWIFT: INGBPLPW
For those, who want to transfer Euros, kindly contact Ulrich (tigges@bgu.ac.il) for getting the bank details in a private e-mail. Other currencies may chose. Please pay until March 10.
Arrival

From the city you get to the hotel in the following way (enlarge for better view):


Street map from the central train station (Szczecin Główny) to the Hotel Nord.


In case you come via Berlin airports (TXL Tegel and SXF Schönefeld), here you find departure times and prices for buses going to and from both Berlin airports to the central train station (Szczecin Główny) http://www.interglobus.pl/Default.aspx?language=en

(choose the language). Zofia recommends a prior reservation.


Ticket price for transportation from Berlin airports to Szczecin ranges from 49-79 zł.

You can visit Interglobus, hunt down a bargain price ticket for 20 zł.. The busses from the Berlin airports stop at the central train station (Szczecin Główny) in Szczecin.


A taxi from the train station to the Hotel NORD can be ordered by telephone from the bus after crossing the Polish border because taxis that stand at the station, are more expensive than those ordered. The taxi can go to the hotel to 4 people and hence the cost will be spread across 4 people.
For those who go to Szczecin by car: get familiar with the parking conditions, its forbidden to park even when there are no respective plates.
Exchange rates

per 04.02.2016:

1 Poland Zloty PLN = 0,2268 Euro, 0,1726 GBP, 0,2532 USD or 0,9869 Real
Departure

For all those who will depart on Sunday after the excursion the rooms shall be left by noon, there will be space for luggage provided.


After the excursion on Sunday, the hotel is open and you may order dinner (around 17 hours).
Unfortunately we could not manage to get a free bus, but after supper on Sunday 10. April there’s a possibility to reserve a bus to take the participants via central train station (Szczecin Główny) to both Berlin airports. The road takes 3-4 hours, the costs will depend on the count of travellers (17 - 20 ppl - 350 zł ,  30 -36 ppl - 450 zł, 49 - 50 ppl - 550 zł). You necessarily have to register with Zofia.
Public transport from the Hotel Nord on Sunday evening are according to the map above in the reverse direction, first bus, then change to tram. The connections are at 18.25, 19.05 and 20.25 hours. The trip to the central train station (Szczecin Główny) will last about 60 minutes.
Booking Hotel Nord

Hotel Nord also offers rooms and food, for all questions re the Hotel NORD, ul. Lubieszyńska 1, 72-006 Mierzyn-Szczecin, Poland, kindly contact Mr. Michał Pytlak, he speaks English, manager@hotelnord.pl, http://hotelnord.pl/contact/, ph. ++48  517 865 823.


There are still nine rooms to hire in Hotel Nord, including 4 for smokers, alternatives see further below.
At Hotel Nord, you can choose to book the rooms alone or together with food.
For accommodation and Full Board in hotel NORD (537 PLN or 126.95 EUR) you book directly at the hotel.

For meals for one person for 4 days in hotel NORD (337 PLN or 79.67 EUR) you book directly at the hotel.

For barbecue on 6.April 6-10 p.m. (68 PLN or 16.07 EUR) you book directly at the hotel.

Please do not book later than 15.02.2016, the number of places is limited.


There will be a bar with coffee, tea and cakes in the conference room with an additional fee of 20 Zloty per day; paid obligatory in the hotel like meals.
You book & pay all kind of Hotel Nord things (rooms, food, barbecue) with the Hotel Nord.
Bank data for payments in Zloty:

Recipient: Hotel NORD, ul. Lubieszyńska 1, Mierzyn, 72-006 Mierzyn-Szczecin

Bank: Pekao SA

IBAN: PL90 1240 3927 1111 0010 5399 2797

SWIFT/BIC: PKOPPLPW
Bank data for payments in Euros:

Recipient: Hotel NORD, ul. Lubieszyńska 1, Mierzyn, 72-006 Mierzyn-Szczecin

Bank: Pekao SA, branch Szczecin II, 275

IBAN: PL50 1240 3927 1978 0010 5661 1750

SWIFT/BIC: PKOPPLPW
Hotel Nord offers vegetarian food, kindly deal with them acc. to your wishes for the full accomodation and the barbecue.
Alternative hotels

There are 2 alternatives to Hotel Nord nearby. Hotel SenS also offers accommodation in price from 150 zł with breakfast per person for one night and at Hotel Julian 220 zł with breakfast per person for one night.

From Hotel SenS  (Lubieszyn 11a) - 2 bus stops to the hotel NORD

Hotel Julian (Welecka 1)- 1 stop to the Hotel NORD.



In case you have any questions, contact Zofia zosia47@gmail.com or Ulrich tigges@bgu.ac.il.
Now we wish you all a good trip! And see you in Mierzyn - Szczecin,
Zofia Brzozowska and Ulrich Tigges


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