In an official ceremony organised by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation on the 13th of August, 2022, the Yearly Biodiversity and Climate Awards of 2022 were presented.
The nominee of the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, Assoc. Prof. Dr Petar Shurulinkov, is the curator of the museum’s contemporary birds collections and one of the foremost specialists in ornithology and parasitology in Bulgaria. He has been a part of the National Museum of Natural History team since 2009 and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the museum’s Scientific Council. His many nature conservation initiatives have made Assoc. Prof. Dr Shurulinkov one of the symbols of Bulgarian environmentalism.
Assoc. Prof. Dr Shurulinkov is also one of the main driving forces behind the Ornithological Ringing Camp, which takes place every year near the Durankulak lake. Endlessly devoted to his work, he is always ready to participate in trainings and demonstrations of bird ringing and to tell interesting stories about them and their migration, drawing in more and more volunteers and environmentalists.
To become a good and passionate environmentalist, you must first love a part of nature which you can defend wholeheartedly, as we do with birds. For me, this award is a great acknowledgement of my conservation work over the last 33 years! I feel pleased with the recognition, he says.
The Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation jury award in the category Nature Activist is an acknowledgement of his efforts in nature conservation, as well as the constant and consistent politics of NMNHS with regards to the preservation of Bulgarian nature.
In 2020 the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation team presented the General Contribution Award to our colleague Boyan Petrov, who was this unique fusion of scientist, athlete, explorer, adventurer, fighter for just causes, and inspirer who left a bright trail in nature conservation and in our hearts. He is one of those people you can never lose, because he inspires, ignites, and challenges!
I am extremely glad about the recognition my colleague Shurulinkov has received, and in the face of such great competition! The National Museum of Natural History, Sofia has long since proven to be one of the few scientific institutions in the country that offer professional and independent expert evaluations on different ecological issues. This is largely due to the fact that earnest environmentalists like Petar, for whom conserving nature is a cause, work here, noted Museum Director Prof. Pavel Stoev.