Celebrating Pelican Day in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park

The Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) and the Regional Agency for Protected Areas (RAPA) Fier recently joined forces to organize an exciting field trip in the breathtaking Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. The participants for this remarkable excursion were the students from “Hysni Malko” Primary and Secondary School, who eagerly embraced the opportunity to explore the park’s natural wonders.

The field trip commenced with an important conservation activity: debris cleanup along a designated nature trail. With the guidance of dedicated rangers from the Regional Agency for Protected Areas (RAPA) and the AOS staff, the students actively participated in collecting and disposing of litter. This hands-on experience allowed the students to understand the significance of keeping our natural habitats clean and protected.

After their cleanup efforts, the students were treated to a captivating birdwatching session from the park’s watchtower. With the breeding season in full swing, the students were fortunate enough to witness the majestic Dalmatian Pelican in its natural habitat. The impressive sight of these magnificent birds, known for their striking appearance and graceful movements, left a lasting impression on the young bird enthusiasts.

During the birdwatching session, the AOS experts and park rangers shared their extensive knowledge about the diverse avian species that breed in Divjaka-Karavasta National Park. From the elegant Egrets to the colorful Bee-eaters, the students were introduced to the remarkable variety of birds that call this park home. They also learned about the park’s crucial role in providing vital habitats for migratory birds, making it an essential stopover for these winged travelers on their long and arduous journeys.

The field trip offered a unique opportunity for the students to connect with nature and gain firsthand insights into the importance of biodiversity conservation and the significance of protected areas. Through such initiatives, we can hope to see a generation of environmentally conscious individuals who will play an active role in safeguarding our precious ecosystems, ensuring a sustainable future for both wildlife and humans alike.

This activity was carried out within the framework of the ‘Maintaining the Ecological Integrity and Biodiversity of Divjaka-Karavasta National Park’ project, supported by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and Euronatur in frame of the “Safe Flyways 3 IKB in Albania”.