Pic. Marek KołodziejczykOne of the objectives of the research investigations in the project “Active protection of the great snipe Gallinago media in the Upper Narew River Valley Natura 2000 site” was to determine the phenology of migrations of the great snipe. To this aim, the birds were fitted with 20 miniature (0.9 g) logging devices known as geolocators. These devices record ambient light intensity and time. In this way, when the birds are captures and data is analyzed using dedicated software, we can tell the time of sunrise and sunset in areas where the great snipes stayed, and thus identify approximate latitude and longitude in which they had been.


On April 14, 2015 the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management will organize the LIFE Information Day. The conference will be an opportunity to exchange experiences with other LIFE grantees and to present the “Active protection of the great snipe Gallinago media in the Upper Narew River Valley Natura 2000 site” project at one of the stands.

Dubelty_Matysiak_050611_dolNarwi_30D2355_podpisWorks on the National Action Plan for the Conservation of the Great Snipe are underway. By way of reminder, the Action Plan will determine as follows: the current state of knowledge concerning the species, population distribution, assessment of suitable conservation status, analysis of threats and their sources, conservation tasks and the roadmap for research and monitoring.

wystpienie_MKOn 26-29th September in Haapsalu (Estonia) Natura International Poland had the opportunity to present parts of the outcome of the great snipe conservation project at the 44th International Wader Study Group meeting. Results of the studies employing telemetry and aimed at evaluating habitat selectivity of great snipes demonstrated, among others, that males of this species can move between lekking sites as far as 70 km within one night.

Kaniuki_3Seemingly mellow, the lowland river of Narew can often surprise by a sudden rise in the water level, and not necessarily as a result of particularly severe or long-lasting rains. Fortunately, the warm and sunny dawn of the summer this year favored fieldwork. The starting fall didn't bring substantial rainfalls and it allows continuing the running operations. We have already completed the construction of the largest of the investments planned for this year – the ford in the Kaniuki village.

DSCN1321From 20th to 23rd May we have hosted researchers from Estonian University of Life Sciences in PTOP's field station in Kalitnik. The aim of the visit was to exchange experiences relating to the scientific part of the great snipe conservation project. At its beginning – in late fall 2012 – we have visited the University's site in Tartu, where experts investigating this species for 20 years shared with us valuable information on performing habitat and telemetric studies. This time, we had the chance to present our results and show great snipes' sanctuaries in the Podlasie region, an in the Upper Narew River Valley in particular.

10259863_252301594957407_1238112449551854343_nThis year (2014), we have already performed three captures of great snipes in two lekking sites in the Upper Narew River Valley. We have captured 19 birds in total – 16 males and 3 females. Out of this number, 11 have been fitted with VHF transmitters, and 3 more in GPS loggers. Among the captured individuals was one male which we have recorded in the previous season in lekking sites in Poland and Belarus, two others ringed at that time and one male with a GPS transmitter containing unique data on the itinerary of its migration to Africa!

gniazdoAs part of meadow restoration in the Upper Narew River Valley, we have managed to scythe nearly 40 ha of disused areas within just last year. We didn't need to wait long for the first outcome of our actions. During a field examination concerning fords to be designed this year we have observed 3-4 couples of startled lapwings flying over the scythed reed beds. We have also come across a nest with eggs, this way confirming the positive result of our conservation efforts.

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