Born in 1961 in Karaağaç-Pelathousa village of Baf and ived in Poli until he was 13. Following the 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation he moved to North Cyprus and settled in Güzelyurt-Omorfo/Morphou with his family. After finishing high school he graduated from Turkish Teacher Training College and initiated his life as a teacher. He has been teaching for more than 30 years. He is married with 3 children.
He was a hunter for many years, till he quit it because of my particular interest in birds. At first he started shooting videos of birds which evolved into a mixture of bird-watchig and bird photography through last decade. He observed 252 bird species in Cyprus up till now. He is the owner of the first record of Crimson-winged Finch which he observed in Sadrazamköy on 27th of November, 2010. Some of his most valuable records and photos belongs to Crimson-winged finch, Striated Heron, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Great-crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Yelkauan Shearwater, European Gannet, White-fronted Geese, Tufted Duck, Goosander, White-headed Duck, Black Kite, Griffon Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Osprey, Lesser Kestrel, Merlin, Black-winged Pratincole, Temminck’s Stint Woodcock, Jack Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Gull, Caspian Tern, Sandwich Tern, Laughing Dove, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Pied Kingfisher, Richard’s Pipit, Wren, Thrush Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Hooded Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Marsh Warbler, River Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Supalpine Warbler, Menetries’s Warbler, Rüppe’ls Warbler, Orphean Warbler, Barred Warbler, Goldcrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Penduline Tit, Rose-coloured Starling, Rock Sparrow, Brambling, Siskin, Crossbill, Hawfinch, Yellow Hammer. He is active in the field bird-watching and photographing almost every day.
He joined KUŞKOR because of his love of birds and nature, hoping to contribute to nature and conservation efforts of the ngo along with awareness rising activities. He is currently a committee member of KUŞKOR.
Growing up in a small island, experiencing very hot and dry summers versus blooming and sunny winter and springs, she has always been fascinated by nature. This caused her interest in biology and ecology in time. Consequently, she graduated from biology in 2001 Hacettepe University and did her PhD in macroecology using GIS and distribution modelling software in 2011 in Middle East Technical University.
She has always been very enthusiastic in field studies. She has been doing fieldwork voluntarily and professionally since 1998. Damla strives to take every opportunity to increase her experience and knowledge on different aspects of ecology. Consequently, she has a range of experiences with many different taxa, in a variety of habitats, employing many different techniques. Mean while, she gradually built up her knowledge about Civil Society Organizations, their management and role in conservation.
During all these years she has been a keen birdwatcher, looking out for and recording birds at each opportunity. As a result, in 2010 she got a job as scientific officer in an EU funded project called “All-Cyprus IBAs Project” run by KUSKOR. Through this contract she came to know the birds of Cyprus exceptionally well. She still continues to volunteer and professionally work for KUŞKOR.