Bocian Biały w dolinach rzek

ogolWhen writing the project for the protection of the white stork for the LIFE fund, we decided that an extremely important action that needs to be included in its framework, is training a wide group of stakeholders, consisting of employees of local governments, energy companies, veterinarians, members of volunteer fire brigades, ornithologists, i.e. people who in their work encounter problems connected with this species every day. In order for the knowledge gained at these meetings not to be forgotten, and that it could also reach a wider audience, we made a decision that it should be perpetuated, and the best solution for this is to create a handbook containing all the most important issues. Imagine our surprise when it turned out that such a study already exists! It was created in 2012 by our friends from the Wildlife Society "Stork". Then, why reinvent the wheel. We asked them if it were possible to complete and reprint the study, as it seemed to us the most appropriate and natural solution. We obtained consent, for which we are extremely grateful and we would like to extend our thanks to them.

The handbook, available on the project website in the tab PUBLICATIONS, is a well-written compendium of knowledge, created by experienced specialists: ornithologists, officials and veterinarians, who often combine these professions. This guarantees that the presented topics are widely analysed and contain a set of best practices. Here, you will find everything that thus far required painstaking research in literature, the Internet, or the need to reach a specialist in a given field - from the construction of a nesting platform, through helping the injured and sick birds, legal issues, to wintering storks.


The LIFE project team

The Polish Society for Bird Protection

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

Gabriela Kułakowska

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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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