Barnacle Goose – a rare guest to our country observed at Bourgas Lakes

Barnacle Goose was observed among a nock of Greater White-fronted Geese in the region of the Bourgas Lakes. The only representative of the species which could be seen in Northern Europe and rarely in our country, was recognized among more than 1 000 Greater White-fronted Geese. The observation was made while the birds were feeding in a field near Bourgas Lake. Barnacle Geese inhabit open areas, usually very close to Northern sea costs far away from Bulgaria.

Birds in the hold of the cold winter

„During the last 2-3 weeks we have witnessed severe scenes. Swans and other water birds are stuck in the frozen water basins without a chance to get out. Although this is a normal situation in nature, the destiny of the swans attracted the attention and the compassion of many people”, said Lubomila Krivoshieva, expert at Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Center – Green Balkans in Stara Zagora.
The experts from the Rehabilitation center explain that:


The colors of Bourgas lakes “visit” the Regional Administration of Bourgas

Hand painted shawls and batiks will bring the colors of the Bourgas Lakes to the office of the Regional Administration of Bourgas. Charity exhibition – bazaar “The colors of our lakes” will be opened on 2nd February (Thursday) 2012 at 11:00 am at the office of Regional Administration of Bourgas. The event is dedicated to 2nd February - World Wetlands Day. It is organized by Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (LIFE+ project “Life for the Boirgas Lakes) and Regional Administration of Bourgas.

One hundred thousand birds less spend the winter in the water basins of Bourgas region

100 000 birds less spent the winter in the water of the Bourgas Lakes and the water basins in the region of Southern Black Sea Cost in comparison with last year. This shows the results from the Mid-winter counting of wintering water birds that took place between 13th and 15th of January. Almost 70 000 representatives from different species were registered by experts and volunteers from Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, Association “Green Balkans” and Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Water – Bourgas. Last year 172 000 water birds feed at the water basins. Traditionally the birds prefer Vaya Lake and Mandra reservoir. Bourgas Lake is populated by Common Pochards and Northern Shoveller, as well as by 100 000 Pygmy Cormorants. There were observed also 61 White-headed Ducks. The number of this species decreases in the whole world, but each winter hundreds of them visit Vaya Lake.

Over 30 employees and volunteers of BSPB and RIEW – Bourgas will count wintering water birds in the region

For twenty second time ornithologists from Bulgarian Society for the protection of Birds (BSPB), Federation of Nature-conservation NGOs „Green Balkans” and experts form Regional Inspectorate of Environment and Waters – Bourgas (RIEW) will participate in Mid-winter counting of wintering birds between 13th and 15th of January. Counting of wintering birds will take place at the same time in most European countries.

November 2011 – 10,000 Pygmy Cormorants Hibernating in Burgas

More than 10,000 Pygmy cormorants have been observed wintering in Burgas in November. Almost 60 percent of the global population of the species spends the winter months around the Burgas Lakes. This winter, there are an estimated 16,000 individuals of the species within Bulgaria, most of which are found in the lakes around Burgas. In previous years, there were between 7000 and 8000 Pygmy Cormorants observed. However, this year’s early counts have already resulted in a significantly higher number.

Burgas Lakes – a rest stop for dozens of Night herons this winter

This year 61 Night Herons have remained to winter in the Burgas Lakes. Ornithologists sighted the birds during their monitoring of a group of Pygmy Cormorants. Night Herons were seen among the thousands of Pygmy cormorants in the heart of Burgas, resting very close to a large department store.

Burgas Lake welcomes its first White Headed Ducks

In late November, Burgas Lake welcomed its first White Headed Ducks of the year. In Vaya Lake 260 individuals of the species were observed. In December and January the number is expected to increase. Burgas Lake provides food to nearly 700 to 800 White Headed Ducks during the cold months of the year.

Conservation brigade dedicated to the protection of lakes will be undertaken as part of the “Days of Volunteerism in Action” in Burgas

The “Days of Volunteerism in Action” project is organized by the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross and the City of Burgas and is devoted to supporting volunteerism and its development in the country.
A film about the environmental brigade "Atanasovsko Lake - 2009" will be part of the events planned for the days of volunteering in Burgas. It will be aired to the public on November 23, 2011 (Wednesday) at 18:00 in "Petya Dubarova" in the Cultural Center of Burgas.


Over 500 people from Burgas visited the Conservation Center "Poda" on Saturday

More than 500 citizens of Burgas visited the Conservation Center "Poda" which is managed by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds, on Saturday. Visitors to the center had the opportunity to taste a delicious fish soup prepared by Chef Valerie Neshov. Valerie gladly answered thousands of questions addressed to him and his staff on how to prepare his delicious fish soup. Hundreds of guests were fascinated by the hosts and impressed by the event. After the fish soup, visitors enjoyed organically-produced honey from the region of Stara Planina for dessert.

Campaign to clean-up the protected area "Poda" organized by BSPB on Sunday

A campaign to clean-up the protected area "Poda" has been organized by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB). The cleaning project will take place on October 16, 2011 (Sunday). The event was initiated by the staff of "Viva Com" in Burgas who want to get involved in the ‘Days of Volunteering’ in Bulgaria. Anyone who would like to contribute to improving the state of the protected area is invited to join in the initiative.

Tasting Fish Soup and Watching Birds in the "Poda" Protected Area

The Conservation Center "Poda" will welcome guests on October 15, 2011 (Saturday) from 11:00 to 16:00. The event will include tastings of fish soup prepared chef Valerie Neshov. The occasion is part of a celebration in Burgas for agro-ecology and the event will be organized by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) with the support the Burgas municipality.