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.

The first wintering birds arrive at the Burgas Lakes

Observations by BSPB teams during regular monitoring in September have sighted the first wintering birds’ arrival at the Burgas lakes. The team noted Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Northern Pintail and Eurasian Teal feeding in the waters of the lakes. These species commonly roost at the lakes during the winter months. Their presence in the Burgas Lakes means that they are already preparing for the spring, when they will move on to breeding sites.

17 feathered inhabitants from the Protected Area "Poda" land in the Sea Casino of Burgas

In seven days, 17 feathered inhabitants from of the Protected Area "Poda" will land in the Sea Casino of Burgas. An exhibition of paintings, the "17 moments of spring - 17 feathered inhabitants of the protected area "Poda" will open in the Casino. The exhibition begins on the first of the “Days of Ecology’ conducted by the Burgas Municipality. The event is organized as part of the EU LIFE + program "Life for Burgas lakes" implemented by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.


The pelicans, storks, avocets and their friends invite you again this summer to stay with them and hope that you will help us make the Bourgas lakes a better place for everybody.

The Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds has the pleasure to organize again the now traditional camp “Atanasovsko lake 2011” that has become part of the life of the Bourgas lakes.


The citizens of Bourgas have already collected 1000 BGN for their Pelican

The citizens of Bourgas collected 1000 BGN through charity bazaar of photographs of birds. This event was initiated by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) and Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF) and gave the beginning of campaign for collection of funds for sculpture of a pelican which will become a symbol of Bourgas.

BSPB with the most beautiful stand at the first Green Festival in Bourgas

The team of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds in Bourgas worked very hard during the weekend for presenting the good image of the Society to the citizens of Bourgas and the guests of the city. All the visitors of our stand at the firs Green Festival have been met with smiles and pleasant mood. Very popular became the pin badges of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that we sell at the Festival.