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In 2016 we started an inventory of white stork nests built by the birds on the roofs of residential and farm buildings on properties where the owners wanted to move the nest from the roof to the pole and on old standalone poles, which might collapse. This year the first batch of nests has been moved onto new concrete poles. To increase the likelihood that the replacement will be accepted by storks, some material from the old nest was placed on the platform. Due to the process of moving the material, niches occupied by sparrows and tree sparrows were also destroyed, and we offer them new nesting spaces - wooden nesting boxes attached to the pole directly below the platform.

The first nests are moved in Natura 2000 areas in river valleys of: Bug, Narew, Biebrza and Omulew. When commissioning the executed works, I was able to admire the huge overflow area of the Omulew river, frozen at this time of year. I hope that I will have the opportunity to see the same area in the spring. The photos show the procedure of mounting the posts.

The task has been carried out within the framework of the project entitled: “Protection of the white stork in river valleys of eastern Poland", LIFEciconiaPL, no. LIFE15 NAT/PL/000728. The project is implemented by the Polish Society for Bird Protection, together with Biebrza National Park and Łomża Landscape Park of the Narew Valley. The project is co-financed by the European Union under the LIFE program and by the German foundation Vogelschutz-Komitee e.V

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Anyone watched TVN24 yesterday? Throughout the day there were a few reports of our campaign of pole installation in the municipality of Karpowicze upon Biebrza, as part of the Life project. The entire event was recorded from a drone, so you could see a lot of interesting shots. A local TV from Sokółka also accompanied us on site. It was cold but sunny and very busy, as moving a stork’s nest is not a simple task. It can weigh even up to 1 ton! Below is a link to their footage showing the installation of the first of two poles that were stood in Karpowicze that day.

okladkaWe have a new calendar for 2017 with beautiful watercolour paintings of the white stork by Marek Kołodziejczyk.

The entire calendar can be found in the publications tab.

The calendars can be collected at the PTOP office ul. Ciepła 17 in Białystok.

In December, a Steering Committee of the project was appointed, composed of:

Roman Kalski – Head of the project

Beata Bezubik – Director of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Białystok

Łukasz Krajewski - Biebrza National Park

Mariusz Sachmaciński – Director of Łomża Landscape Park of the Narew Valley.

Yesterday, 2016/11/24, a conference took place inaugurating our project “Protection of the white stork in river valleys of eastern Poland” no. LIFE15 NAT/PL/000728, co-financed by the European Union from the Financial Instrument for the Environment LIFE and the German foundation Vogelschutz-Komitee e.V.

At the meeting, together with our partners, Łomża Landscape Park of the Narew Valley and Biebrza National Park, we presented the assumptions of the project and issues related to the presence of the white stork in the world, as well as threats for this species.

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Edyta Kapowicz

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On 6 October 2016, in the European Commission in Brussels we took part in a conference inaugurating the opening of Life projects (Kick-Off Meeting of LIFE15). During the meeting we established contacts with other European projects in order to exchange experience, and we presented the assumptions and objectives of our project (LIFEciconiaPL: Protection of the white stork in river valleys of eastern Poland). The meeting confirmed the position of the Polish Society for Bird Protection as a leading organization for bird protection in the country and, as it turned out, also in Europe, as our project was one of only 40 nature-related projects throughout the European Union, among a few hundred submitted last year. Other interesting projects presented during the meeting included those pertaining to protection of: great bustard and eastern imperial eagle in Hungary and Austria, little bustard, Dupont’s lark and lesser kestrel in Spain, glossy ibis, pygmy cormorant, 4 species of heron and 2 species of pelican in Greece.

We started collecting information on nests that should be moved from a roof or a ramshackle pole to a new concrete pole. The territory of our activity is very large - it covers 10 Natura 2000 areas - as we already wrote in the previous post. Recently we controlled the “Omulew and Płodownica Rivers Valley”. It’s a territory located between Ostrołęka, Myszyniec and Wielbark, at the border of Kurpie, Mazovia and Mazuria, so it’s interesting not only for its nature but also culture.

The Omulew river meanders picturesquely through flat agricultural terrains - cattle pasturage dominates there. Thanks to such a utilization, this is the last habitat of the European roller in our country. These birds can be observed there sitting on pasture fences, especially at the end of the summer, when their migration period starts.

European rollers have already flown off, and so have storks, yet their nests remained. We want to help the local population and the residents by moving the old nests from the roofs to concrete poles. Owners of properties where such a nest is located often complain about the bothersome neighbors: the building’s structure is overloaded; the roof is devastated by excrements of the birds - especially the young, flightless ones; if a nest is set on an old pole, it poses a threat of collapse. Sometimes birds build their nest without platform, which makes its structure instable and during a windstorm such a nest can be knocked down - such stories could be heard from the people we met.

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