Wycieczka MTO – 24 lutego – Pasmo Policy

Szanowni Państwo, Koleżanki i Koledzy, Małopolskie Towarzystwo Ornitologiczne zaprasza na ostatnią wycieczkę ornitologiczną w sezonie zimowym 2023/2024. Spotykamy się 24 lutego, w sobotę. Udamy się na dłuższą wycieczkę górską w Pasmo Policy w Beskidzie Żywieckim. Zbiórka o godz. 7.00 na parkingu OSP Skawica–Sucha Góra. Dojazd we własnym zakresie!  Bory świerkowe i lasy bukowe w Paśmie Policy skrywają kilka rzadkich gatunków ptaków leśnych, m.in. dzięcioła trójpalczastego, dzięcioła białogrzbietego, puszczyka uralskiego i głuszca. Nad pasmem można zaobserwować też orła przedniego. Prowadzący: Szymon Sendera (tel.: 511 212 973) [nr tel. prowadzacego prosimy nie podawć w info.]. Wycieczka będzie dłuższa niż zwykle i potrwa ok.… Read more...

8 Międzynarodowy Spis Bociana Białego

Drodzy Obserwatorzy i Ornitolodzy! W 2024 roku przypada 8 Międzynarodowy Spis Bociana Białego obejmujący swoim zasięgiem cały areał występowania tego gatunku. Takie spisy odbywają się regularnie co dekadę. Ostatni Spis odbył się w 2014 roku, a dzięki wysiłkowi setek wolontariuszy udało się zebrać dane pozwalające na oszacowanie populacji bociana białego w Polsce na około 45 tys. par. Tegoroczny spis odbędzie się w dniach 1–15 lipca. Chcielibyśmy bardzo gorąco Państwa prosić o szeroki udział w tym liczeniu. Nie jest to ani trudne ani też bardzo czasochłonne. Wystarczy zadeklarować wykonanie liczenia na obszarze minimum jednej gminy!!! Oczywiście jeżeli zdecydujecie się Państwo na… Read more...

Long-term breeding bird monitoring program in Southeastern Poland

Dear Observers! The Małopolskie Ornithological Society encourages continued data collection and entry into the MTO Observation Database using the ornithological atlas method and taking control of selected atlas squares. Currently, we are processing data on bird occurrences from the years 2014-2021. However, this does not mean the end of our activity and our main goal, which is the continuous monitoring of bird populations in our region. This requires the regular collection of data on bird occurrences and numbers, especially during the breeding season. Therefore, we are launching the atlas program once again, and its results will serve for ongoing assessments of the state of our avifauna, as well as for future regional and nationwide studies. The map displaying the distribution of atlas squares can be found on our MTO Observation Database. Read more...

55th Congress of Ornithologists of Southeastern Poland

Ladies and Gentlemen, We cordially invite you to the 55th Congress of Ornithologists of Southeastern Poland, which will take place on Saturday, November 25th, at the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Biology of the University of Agriculture in Krakow, located at Al. Mickiewicza 24/28. Below you can find the conference program and a list of eating places where you can enjoy a warm meal during the lunch break. Additionally, during coffee breaks, there will be an opportunity to taste pastries and sandwiches from the "Trzy Kawki" café. After the conclusion of the Saturday session of the Congress, a venue will be reserved for a more informal atmosphere, providing an opportunity to catch up on socializing. From one of the event companies, we have received nesting boxes (S1, S2) for birds ... Read more...

"Save the Rivers" Coalition awarded!

A few days ago, "Save the Rivers" Coalition (Koalicja Ratujmy Rzeki) received the prestigious EuroNatur Award 2023, in part for their response to the ecological disaster on the Odra River in July 2022 and for their efforts and actions against the planned deepening and regulation of the Odra, which is intended to be transformed into a waterway. This award not only acknowledges the individual efforts of the coalition but also aims to emphasize the willingness to collaborate and unite forces to increase the influence on nature conservation. The Małopolska Ornithological Society is one of the coalition's partners and co-founders, bringing together organizations dedicated to protection of Polish rivers, streams, wetlands, as well as scientists and individuals... Read more...

Fungal communities in woodpecker cavities

Dear Observers! Alicja Wolska, a Ph.D. student at the University of Agriculture in Krakow, is conducting research on the presence of fungi in woodpecker cavities as part of her doctoral thesis. To achieve this goal, it is essential to find an adequate number of cavities that have been excavated and used by various woodpecker species for breeding purposes in the current year. This project is not only aimed at professional and experienced ornithologists but also at individuals who derive joy from observing nature, particularly birds. Here is a detailed description of the project, available at the following link: https://bio-obserwator.pl/dziuple-dzieciola/ . On behalf of Alicja, we kindly request that you report observations of woodpecker cavities (from all over Poland) that have been excavated and used for breeding purposes this year. Read more...

Peregrine Falcon nest in Skawina OPEN!

On July 6, 2023, at noon, we removed the cage from the nest platform on the chimney at the CEZ Skawina power plant and opened the nest of reintroduced peregrine falcons. The action was carried out during the feeding of the birds and went very smoothly – none of the falcons got scared during the lifting of the structure and left the nest. Shortly after the nest was opened, the birds vigorously exercised their wings on the platform. The first flight of one of the birds occurred after about 1.5 hours. The falcon circled the chimney and perched in the control opening on the other side of the chimney at the nest's height, where it stayed at least until 4:00 PM. The other two falcons peacefully rested on the platform after their meal... Read more...

Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction at CEZ Skawina!

We are pleased to inform you that on June 26, 2023, the Peregrine Falcon Reintroduction 2.0 at CEZ Skawina began! Thanks to the collaboration of the Małopolska Ornithological Society, the Association for Wild Animals "SOKÓŁ", the CEZ Skawina power plant, and falconers Adam Mroczko and Wojciech Sularz, we have once again introduced young falcons into the nest on the power plant chimney in Skawina. This time, three young males marked with rings 7DS, 8DS, and 9DS will soon contribute to the Peregrine Falcon population in Małopolska. One of them has received a transmitter, which was purchased thanks to the donors supporting our project. We sincerely THANK EVERYONE who helped in obtaining the logger for one of the birds! You can observe the nest with the birds... Read more...

Attention – Peregrine Falcon reintroduction in Skawina 2023!

After two years, we are thrilled to announce that preparations for the reintroduction of peregrine falcon chicks into the nest at CEZ Skawina are underway once again. As always, we were able to initiate this project thanks to the support of falconer Mr. Adam Mroczek, the owner of the website https://sokolnictwo.pl/ as well as Mr. Sławomir Sularz and the Association for the Protection of Wild Animals Sokół, and the CEZ Skawina Power Plant. Due to the preparations, the nest has been closed. The reintroduction process will begin in late June and July and will be broadcast online. The project involves: 1. Małopolska Ornithological Society (project leaders Urszula Srzednicka and Krzysztof Haja), 2. The Association for Wild Animals Sokół peregrinus.pl 3. Falconer Adam Mroczek... Read more...

We're Counting Rooks!

We encourage bird observers to participate in the first edition of the spring rook nest counting in their colonies. Those interested in taking part in the counting are asked to declare the counties, municipalities, or specific colonies where they will be able to count the rook nests and send their registration to gawron@mto-kr.pl. We are waiting for applications from those willing to inventory nests until March 15, 2023. The actual counting should take place between April 10 and April 25, 2023, which is the period of increased bird activity during nest building. If you cannot participate in nest counting but know the location of rook colonies, please be sure to inform us... Read more...