The green octopus in action

“What is good for biodiversity is good for the mankind.”

The year is in the beginning, but the successes in the Bulgarian nature conservation are like a flood:

* The Griffon Vultures already nest in 3 new places: Kotlen Mountain, Vrachanski Balkan and Kresna Gorge. The species has been missing there for decades. Congratulations to the Wild Flora and Fauna Fund teams and the Prey for birds protection!

* The first bearded vulture in Bulgaria is hatched in the Green Balkans Wildlife Center in Stara Zagora. This is the symbol of nature conservation in Bulgaria. The last bird of the species was killed by a hunter at the beginning of the 20th century.

* Two breeding programs for hawk falcons in Bulgaria (one on Green Balkans and the other on Nature Science Foundation, together with the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Bulgarian Sucar Union). The last breeding of the species was registered in 1998. Since 2010, birds are released in nature. Up to 5 years is expected to have breeding pairs to give rise to a Bulgarian population.

* Lesser kestrel returned to Bulgaria. Green Balkans colleagues with the LIFE + program succeeded in restoring a colony of birds in the Sakar Mountains (Levka village).

* A new field of owl feathering in Bulgaria near the town of Tran was opened by a team of ornithologists of Fortis Facility Ltd.

* The plan for management of Central Balkan NP is accepted. The plan regulates the protection of the protected area over the next 10 years. The plan was commissioned by the Central Balkan National Park Directorate. It is a team of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation.

* A new colony of Dalmatian Pelicans was formed in Persina NP thanks to enthusiasts from the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and Friends.
What is yet to happen by the end of the year?