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Second South-eastern Pelican Census

November 17 2017

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Second South-eastern Pelican Census
Second South-eastern Pelican Census
Second South-eastern Pelican Census
Second South-eastern Pelican Census
Second South-eastern Pelican Census
Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • Second South-eastern Pelican Census
  • This year for the second time in history a joint effort was made to assess the population status of the two pelican species occurring in South Eastern Europe: Both are huge ground-nesting birds that breed in colonies on islands. While the status of the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) is presently classified as of “Least Concern” in the Red List of the IUCN, the world population of the majestic Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), is still listed as “Vulnerable” and thus of great international concern. With a wing span of up to 3.2 m the latter is the largest of all existing pelican species.

     

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    In May 2017 a collaborative group involving no less than 40 separate organizations conducted the Second South-eastern European Pelican Census. In Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Ukraine and Turkey the breeding, feeding and staging behavior of both pelican species was surveyed simultaneously during that single day. The census was carried out on the initiative of the Society for the Protection of Prespa and was accomplished only thanks to our pelican network with the contributions of a variety of organizations including different specialists and volunteers from Le Balkan – Bulgaria Foundation. Here you find the detailed results of the census.

    Our participation in this survey was made possible through the support of Swarovski Optik, who has been supporting our conservation efforts for the Dalmatian Pelican Colony at the Srebrarna Biosphere Reserve in Bulgaria for already 19 years now. Their commitment includes the funding of the annual restoration activities carried out every autumn to repair existing breeding facilities and to provide new elevated platforms to protect the pelican nests from predators, floods and disturbance through human beings.

    Pavel Simeonov

    LeBalkan, Bulgaria

     

    About the author

    Pavel Simeonov is the Head of the Conservation/Monitoring Programme for the conservation of the Dalmatian Pelican breeding colony in the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve within the framework of the MoEW / Swarovski Optik / Le Balkan-Bulgaria / Tour du Valat joint activities. He is also an experienced nature guide and co-owner of Branta-Tours, Bed & Birding and Branta Birding Lodge.

    Text and photos © Le Balkan / P. Simeonov / Bed & Birding

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