Midwinter International Waterbird Census


Encouraging the Kastoria lake was this year’s results of the Midwinter International Waterbird Census (IWC) carried out by members of the Kastoria Environmental Protection Society, although 90% of the lake was frozen. This year, on the Lake of Kastoria, growth patterns have been observed in some bird species, especially in a duck species. In fact, their number exceeds 6000. The most species that have been counted are ducks, including Green-headed, Common Pochard,Crested Pochard, but also Eurasian Coot, Pygmy Cormorant and Gulls. This means that food in the wetland is sufficient for many species. ”

An important cause for this increase was bad weather. That is why it forced many birds from Europe to go further south and reach Kastoria, which is not the main axis of immigration.

Members of the Environmental Protection Society also invite people to go out and make observations, see species that have first come to our region and have never been recorded in Kastoria.

The counts are always done with a specific methodology. In Kastoria, eight counters were divided into two groups and collaborated to record the new species and the total number of birds living together in the lake.

In general, International Waterbird Census (IWC)form part of a global program of the international wetland organization. It is the world’s longest-running and world-wide biodiversity monitoring program. Its aim is to monitor the size and trends of aquatic