Mid-Winter Numbers of Waterbirds
in Bulgaria (1977-2001)

Results from 25 Years of Mid-Winter Counts
Carried Out at the Most Important Bulgarian Wetlands

By Tanyo Michev & Lyubomir Profirov
June 2003
Pensoft Publishers
ISBN: 954-642-175-8
167 pages, Illustrated, 8 1/4" x 11 1/2"
$99.50 Paper Original

In the present book for the first time in Bulgaria are presented results of 25 years of counts in the most important wetlands referring to the Mid-winter numbers of the waterbirds there. This long-term survey is a part of the regular counts of Divers, Grebes, Pelicans, Cormorants, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Coots, Waders, and Gulls, which take place in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East since 1967. The book consists of two main parts. In the first one are presented 45 most significant Bulgarian wetlands (lakes, swamps, reservoirs and other water bodies) along Danube and Black Sea coasts and inside the country. For each one of the wetlands there is a short characteristic indicating the average and the maximum values for the wintering birds, the first three most numerous species, the world threatened and the ones exceeding the 1% Ramsar criteria. In the second part of the book are presented 106 species of waterbirds with the dynamics of their numbers for the period 1977-2001 including graphics for more of the species. The characteristic changes that have taken place in their wintering populations and the tendencies established by other authors for Europe are indicated as well. The book is a result of long years of efforts of ornithologists - professional and non-professional, of major Bulgarian Scientific institutions, non-government organizations and state departments. It is illustrated with many black and white drawings of the famous Bulgarian artist Georgi Pchelarov. The book will be especially useful for those who are interested in birdwatching, wetland management and conservation.


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