Anticipating the Breeding Season of the Dalmatian Pelican

By the turn of the year, the anticipation builds among birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts across the country. The breeding season for the Dalmatian Pelican colony in Karavasta Lagoon is almost upon us. This event is not just a wonder of nature, but a crucial period that determines the long-term survival of the country’s only breeding population of these magnificent birds.

Every year, we collaborate with RAPA Fier to prepare for this critical season. Our joint efforts focus on rehabilitating the “breeding beds” on Pelican Island. These structures are vital in ensuring the nests are sufficiently elevated to protect them from potential inundation. The maintenance of these beds is an annual process that involves adding pine branches to the base and glasswort, which serves as nesting material. These simple yet crucial interventions help safeguard the nests from fluctuating water levels.

With the breeding beds now ready for the new breeding season, both AOS and RAPA Fier are eager to monitor the colony in the coming months. However, for the colony to have the best chance of success, it is highly important to minimize any potential human disturbance. We urge everyone to respect this critical period and allow nature to take its course.

The survival of the Dalmatian Pelican colony in Karavasta Lagoon is a shared responsibility. Let’s all do our part to ensure the successful breeding of Divjaka-Karavasta’s flagship species, contributing to the biodiversity of our country and the conservation of natural heritage for future generations of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.