Predstavljamo rezuktate zimskog brojanja vodenih ptica 2017. godine
Uprkos hladnoći i nezapamćenom ledenom prekrivaču, u Crnoj Gori je izbrojano ukupno 78.663 ptice na ukupno sedam lokacija:
Skadarsko jezero 56965
Ulcinjska solana 11842
Delta Bojane Delta (including Ada, Great beach, Porta Milena and coastal sea) 2145
Tivat saline 1212
Šasko lake 3132
Zeta River 103
A short data overview shows that three quarters of overall bird numbers were counted at Skadar Lake. The most numerous species was coot (Fulica atra); total of 66 species were recorded.
All counted localities (except Zeta River) were either partially (<90%) or completely frozen. Two wetlands in the continental part of Montenegro, Nikšić accumulations and Plavsko Lake, were found completely frozen upon visit and without presence of water birds.
Upon the request from UNEP/AEWA Secretariat to ensure emergency measures for conservation of birds affected by the cold weather, two additional fieldworks at Skadar lake and Ulcinj saline were performed by Natural History Museum in the end of January in order to evaluate the impact. Although there were reports on the severe impact of ice on waterbirds in the region, the effect of bad weather in Montenegro was limited: the greatest toll was paid by greater flamingos at Ulcinj saline: 27 immature flamingos were found dead due to starvation; these birds were also tested for the H5N1 virus, but the results were negative. At Skadar Lake, few cormorants were found dead, which could not be related to weather effect; most likely, they were caught by fishermen gear.
Complete list of participants:
Nela Dubak, Public Enterprise for national parks of Montenegro
Ana Vujović, Natural History Association of Montenegro
Sanja Damjanović, Natural History Association of Montenegro
Borut Stumberger, freelance
Darko Saveljić, Environment Protection Agency
Bojan Zeković, Center for Protection and Research of Birds
Andreas Ranner, freelance
Mihailo Jovićević, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Arne Thelin, freelance
Jole Vujović, Natural History Association of Montenegro
Andrej Vizi, Natural History Museum of Montenegro
The count was performed voluntary, with modest support from National park, CZIP and Natural History Museum.
I would like to thank all the participants for their time and effort during the IWC 2017, as well as relevant organizations and institutions for providing fieldwork support.