WILDislands and Pelicans in Bulgaria


The third edition of the "Festival of the Dalmatian Pelican" organized by the Directorate of Persina Nature Park passed with many smiles and bright faces of the children. The event took place on 26 and 27 May in front of the park's visitor centre and is part of the activities of the Pelican Way of LIFE project, in which the park's Directorate partners with 6 other international partners.

The LIFE WILDisland project was presented at a special information stand, where visitors could see our information materials, the Danube Cookbook and the Nature's Havens on the Danube Book and learn why are islands important as habitats for rare and protected species. We also promoted the socio-economic survey everyone can take part in and help us better protect the Danube and understad the attitude of people to our work.

Hundreds of visitors took part in the activities during both festival days. There were activities for the children as well as informative lectures and videos with a conservation focus for their parents. Special guests of the festival were the Wildlife Rescue Centre at "Green Balkans-Stara Zagora" NGO and the animals - Philip the White Pelican, Presiana the Dalmatian pelican, Blaga the Little Owl and Harry the Harris' Hawk.

The "Dalmatian Pelican Festival" is an information and educational event with a nature conservation focus. Its main goal is to inform the general public about the restoration of the nesting site of the Dalmatian pelicans on the territory of the Persina Nature Park, to promote the measures taken by various institutions and organizations for the conservation of the species and its habitats in Bulgaria and to teach people to treat with care, attention and love every representative of wild nature. The festival is a two-day event with open information workshops and seminars, many educational actions and a training module in the afternoon for all those who wish to learn about species conservation in detail. Among the guests are experts who work in the field for the restoration of pelicans, WILDislands and riparian habitats and every visitor receives first-hand information told in an accessible and interesting way.

Photo credit: Persina Nature Park

For more information:
Daniela Karakasheva - Persina Nature Park, persina@abv.bg