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An international census of wintering pelicans was conducted оn the Balkan Peninsula

December 23, 2022  |  News

An international census of wintering Dalmatian pelicans on the Balkan Peninsula took place in late November and mid-December. The purpose of the census is to collect data on the number and distribution of endangered Dalmatian pelicans in the study area. Тhe study was conducted in two stages. A census was done at the end of November in the Western Balkans – Western Greece, Albania, and Montenegro. In the period December 9-12, wetlands in Bulgaria and Romania were visited by scientists.

New victims of the power lines in the wetlands of Greece

December 20, 2022  |  News

Last week a Dalmatian pelican was found dead due to a collision with the power lines in the area of Tourlida, in the Messolonghi Lagoon. 50% of the power transmission lines within the National Parks of Messolonghi Lagoon and Amvrakikos Gulf Wetlands are dangerous for Dalmatian pelicans and other bird species that breed in these areas, according to a study carried out by the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) as part of the Pelican Way of LIFE initiative.

A workshop on the Dalmatian pelican conservation took place in Bulgaria

December 6, 2022  |  News

On November 29, a one-day seminar was held in the town of Belene, dedicated to the conservation activities of the Dalmatian pelican in Bulgaria. The event was organized by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPS) with the support of the Directorate of the Persina Nature Park Directorate – Belene and within the framework of the “Pelican Way of LIFE” initiative.

Vote for the Bird of the Year 2023 in Romania

November 30, 2022  |  News

Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) launched a vote for a Bird of the Year 2023. The campaign, held in November and December, highlights three species, the Dalmatian pelican among them, listed in the newly published Red List of Romanian bird species.

The new breeding platform was built on one of the Danube lakes in Ukraine

November 16, 2022  |  News

Last week, the construction of an artificial nesting platform for the Dalmatian pelicans was completed on one of the Danube lakes on the south of Ukraine as part of the “Pelican Way Of LIFE” initiative. The Rewilding Ukraine team hopes that this season the flying giants will build their nests on it.

The first volunteer conservation camp in the Persina Nature Park

October 7, 2022  |  News

In the last days of September, the 4-days Danube volunteer conservation camp took place in the Persina Nature Park in Bulgaria. It was the first educational and practical training, organized for university students by the Park Directorate. 20 volunteers came from Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen and Local High schools from Belene and Svishtov.

The Greek pupils can learn about the fascinating Dalmatian pelican

September 29, 2022  |  News

The team of the Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) developed a lovely kit of educational materials to teach Greek pupils about the biology, behavior and features of the Dalmatian pelican, but more importantly, about the threats the species is facing and the need for its protection.

The GREEN FUND co-finances the Pelican Way of LIFE initiative

September 20, 2022  |  News

The Green Fund with its Board Decision No. 1242.4/2022 co-finances the LIFE18 ΝΑΤ/NL/000716 – “Pelican Way of LIFE” initiative for the year 2022 with the total amount of €15,000.00 for the implementation of the Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece actions.

The avian flu strongly affected the population of the Dalmatian pelican in Romania

September 6, 2022  |  News

The total population of the Dalmatian pelican in Romania was severely affected by an epidemic of bird flu, at the beginning of this year’s nesting season. Moreover, the disease has caused mass mortality among pelicans in several areas of the Balkans. Greece, for example, has lost almost 40% of its total population of Dalmatian pelican, and cases of high mortality have also been recorded in Albania, as well as in Montenegro.

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