Bocian Biały w dolinach rzek

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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