The First International Pelican Census in Southeast Europe

20.05.2016

Dalmatian pelican inhabits a wide area of temperate climate belt in Europe and Asia. The largest European colonies exist in Greece, at lakes Kerkini and Micri Prespa, then in Albania and Montenegro. Being an endangered and scarce species, pelicans are subject of regular monitoring and research in all the countries they inhabit. Furthermore, they are an indicator of the state of the ecosystem, but also the efforts that different organizations put in their conservation. Although all countries have programs for their monitoring, so far there were no attempts to determine their total number in one day, in all countries of the Southeast Europe. Thanks to donations from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and MAVA organization, 

Dalmatian pelican inhabits a wide area of temperate climate belt in Europe and Asia. The largest European colonies exist in Greece, at lakes Kerkini and Micri Prespa, then in Albania and Montenegro. Being an endangered and scarce species, pelicans are subject of regular monitoring and research in all the countries they inhabit. Furthermore, they are an indicator of the state of the ecosystem, but also the efforts that different organizations put in their conservation. Although all countries have programs for their monitoring, so far there were no attempts to determine their total number in one day, in all countries of the Southeast Europe. Thanks to donations from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and MAVA organization, for the first time, on 7 May 2016, the international census of pelicans in the Mediterranean was organized. Results of this census will show the size of the complete population, regardless of their movements between different countries. Coordinator of this action is the Society for Protection of Prespa (SPP), which has developed a common monitoring protocol and census methods.
In our country, the census was performed at Skadar Lake, Šasko Lake and Ulcinj saline. Participating were the ornithologists and volunteers from Natural History Museum, National Parks, Noé Conservation and Center for Protection and Research of Birds. All the birds observed on this date counted at Skadar Lake. We are sharing a part of the atmosphere from the Natural History Museum's fieldwork.

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