Dalmatian pelican: record numbers at Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is a very important wintering and resting area for the Dalmatian pelican.

© Nationalpark Skutari-See / IWC-Programm

"Those numbers are really sensational", says EuroNatur project manager Romy Durst. Birdwatchers documented 60 Dalmatian pelicans on Lake Skadar on the border between Albania and Montenegro at an international water bird counting session last Saturday. As a comparison: In the last years conservationists only counted 7 to 17 pelicans, during the winter time in this area.

The organization Wetlands International organizes the International Waterbird Census (IWC) since 1967. Within the IWC, every mid January, important water bird resting places are enumerated. Employees of EuroNatur are involved in the counting on a regular basis since 2004. The observations show for example, which wetlands resting areas are of international importance. In addition, with the collected data the changes in quantity and distribution of the bird populations can be detected easier.

However, there is not yet a sufficient network of water bird counters and bird watchers. There are still many gaps, especially in the countries along the Adriatic migration route. In a joint effort with its partners EuroNatur is strengthening the network by organizing regular consulting and trainings of competent conservationists.

Read more about the work of EuroNatur for the protection of migratory birds

How you can help


Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.

Sustaining membership

EuroNatur focuses on long-term nature conservation projects instead of quick fixes. With your regular donations, you give us the planning security we need.


Skavica mega dam: Albanian court to scrutinise special law for U.S. contractor Bechtel

++ Constitutional complaint filed by NGOs accepted for trial ++ First milestone in fight against one of Europe’s largest reservoirs ++ Thousands of…

Growing opposition to Albanian airport

++ Bern Convention calls on Albania to stop airport construction near Narta Lagoon ++ Project in Vjosa Delta endangers thousands of migratory birds ++…

EU Commission targets the wolf

Ursula von der Leyen warns of allegedly "dangerous wolves" - nature conservation organisations criticise misleading statements and dubious data…

Romanian forests: EuroNatur calls for a logging moratorium

+++ Open letter to Commissioner Sinkevičius calls for a logging moratorium in protected areas to end destruction of Romanian forests +++ Fourth…

Controversial airport construction in Albanian protected area casts shadow as far as Munich

++ Operating company Munich Airport International (MAI) is linked to illegal Vlora airport ++ Construction to take place in protected area of special…

Swimming for the monk seal

The Croatian free water swimmer Dina Levačić has been swimming in potential monk seal territories. Her campaign is aimed at drawing attention to the…

Wolf Offspring confirmed in the Black Forest

++ Photo trap image from the community of Schluchsee provides evidence of offspring ++ First wolf pack in over 150 years in Baden-Württemberg ++

Stork Village meeting in Tykocin, Poland

It was an anniversary celebrated in style: For the 20th annual meeting, representatives of the European Stork Villages met for the first time in the…

A slight sigh of relief for the Dalmatian pelicans

The Dalmatian pelicans at Lake Skadar are breeding successfully. This is all the more gratifying because last year's breeding season was disastrous.