At the beginning of June, Festival of the Dalmatian Pelican took place in Bulgaria for the second time, organised by the Persina Nature Park Directorate and partners.
The second edition of the Festival of the Dalmatian Pelican, which had already become traditional and awaited, passed with many smiles, joyful emotions, and romantic sunsets on the Danube River bank.
The Festival of the Dalmatian Pelican is an informational and educational event with a nature conservation focus. This year, too, a spectacle of emotions, educational talks, eco-games, and workshops for young and old swirled. The Dalmatian Pelican was in the heart of the festival.
Traditionally, various organizations took part in the event, including the Natural Parks of Bulgaria, the Regional Directorate of Forestry, WWF-Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds. All of them work for the restoration and preservation of this iconic species and the protection of Bulgarian nature.
The local social, educational and cultural centers attended the stands and studios of the Festival and prepared the interesting workshops with an environmental and educational focus. They were specially designed for the event with the topic “Conservation of Dalmatian Pelicans”.
The Festival aims to promote the conservation activities of Dalmatian Pelicans and to draw the attention of a wide audience to the threats to the species, the main of which are poaching, human disturbance, and habitat loss. After the second edition of the Festival, we hope that more people fell in love with pelicans and understood the way of life of these birds.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all participants of the event, as well as to the volunteers of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Without you, the festival would not have been so colorful and emotional. And let’s make an appeal: “Love nature and pelicans!”, added Daniela Karakasheva from the Persina Nature Park Directorate.
The festival was organized within the “Pelican Wey of LIFE” initiative funded by the EU LIFE program and Arcadia Foundation, and with the support in Bulgaria by America for Bulgaria Foundation.