VIII International White Stork Nesting Census

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2024 is the year when the 8th International White Stork (Latin: Ciconia ciconia) Nest Census will be conducted from 1 to 15 July. It is carried out across Europe and North Africa once every 10 years. The first International White Stork Nest Count took place in 1934 and covered much of Europe.

Therefore, scientists and ornithologists from the White Stork Research Group are looking for 2,500 people to help count storks in Poland.

“Monitoring of birds living in Poland shows that the stork population has been declining in recent years. Between 2004 and 2014, storks in Poland declined. From about 52,000 pairs to about 45,000-46,000 pairs”, said the coordinator of the action in our country, Dr Marcin Tobółka from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań. 

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, such as Western Europe, the stork population is increasing. According to the expert, the reason for this is that some storks no longer fly off to Africa for the winter, but spend this time on the Iberian Peninsula, feeding on rubbish dumps.

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