Lucio Bordignon

Lucio Bordignon was born in Trivero, in the province of Biella, 52 years ago. For 35 years he has devoted himself to the study of birds and for 10 to butterflies. Trained as an ornithologist, he has developed other skills over the years that have led him to specialize in environmental restorations of fauna, aimed that is, at conceiving of and creating environments that can be used by wild species, with particular reference to those most under threat.
He was the first ornithologist to discover the nesting of rare species like the Black Stork and the Eurasian Curlew in Italy. He has published about seventy articles in specialized Italian journals (Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia, Avocetta, Uccelli d’Italia, Picus, Sitta, Avifauna, Rivista Piemontese di Storia Naturale) and foreign ones (Journal of Biogeography, Rev. Ecol Terre Vie, Ficedula) and in Italian and foreign conference deeds.
He also writes for mass-circulation magazines and periodicals (L’Airone, Oasis, Tuttoscienze de la Stampa, Piemonte Parchi, Acer, Rivista del trekking, La Macchina del tempo) and publishes articles in the newspapers of the provinces of Biella, Vercelli and Novara. He has appeared on TV several times, in particularly on the RAI networks for broadcasts on the Black Stork and the protected areas of Piedmont.
He is the author of books on birdlife (Gli uccelli della Valsesia, Gli uccelli del Biellese, Gli uccelli della Provincia di Novara, Gli uccelli del Parco Naturale del Monte Fenera, L’avifauna del Pian di Spagna e Lago di Mezzola, La cicogna nera in Italia, L’atlante del Verbano Cusio Ossola, La guida ornitologica dell’Oasi Zegna).
His work of fiction, "Passeggiate ornitologiche: collina e baraggia" won the Baroli special prize in 1999 at the international literary competition "L’orso" in the town of Biella. He has written a naturalistic novel "Il ritorno della madre nera" dedicatedto to the Black Stork and chosen as a textbook by several schools.

Lodovico Ramon and Lucio Bordignon while conversing onsite about actions to be taken. (Photo: Massimo Mormile)   Lucio Bordignon. (Photo: Massimo Mormile)

Over the past 25 years, he has offered consultation to many public and private entities, carried out studies and surveys on birdlife and butterflies and has organized ornithology courses from primary school (kindergarten) to university level.
He loves to disseminate his passion for creation directly in the field.
He is the coordinator of G.L.I.Ci.Ne (an Italian group working on the Black Stork) and Gruppo Smergo. He is a member of the Oasi Zegna scientific committee. He is a scientific bird ringer with license type A, and a censor with an ISPRA license ISPRA for on IWC water bird censuses.
For always being committed to preserving the natural heritage of Piedmont, in 1983 the Provincial Administration of Vercelli awarded him an official recognition.
From July 1, 1991 to August 31, 2010, he worked at the Natural Park of Monte Fenera, while now he is a freelancer.
Since 1989 he has worked with Minerali Industriali: since 2010 he has assumed the coordination of the restorations of all the mines of the Group.
Together with Minerali Industriali S.r.l., he has published two other technical mass-circulation books called "Dalla sabbia al cielo", dedicated to birds and "Dalla sabbia al colore", dedicated to butterflies.

Lucio Bordignon. (Photo: Massimo Mormile)