THE BLACK SEA, KALANCHAK ISLAND – HEAVEN FOR BIRDS AND MARINE INHABITANTS

  • November 23, 2021

Can you imagine dozens of thousands of the mute swans, ducks, herons above the water, and under the water in bushes of seagrass Zostera – bullheads, great mullets, horse-mackerels, ray fish… All of them live in the unique habitat in Karkinitska bay, the Black Sea, called the archipelago “Kalanchak island”.

Here in 2019, the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Ukraine) initiated the establishment of the ornithological protected area (“zakaznik”) of local significance. It was named after T.B. Ardamatska, a famous ornithologist in Kherson Oblast. This place is a highly valuable breeding and resting habitat for thousands of birds.

Under water one can see endless meadows of seagrass – Zostera, where numerous marine inhabitants hide, starting from shrimps to ray fish and even the vulnerable sturgeons.

More about the incredible diversity of this archipelago see in the joint video of the EU-UNDP project “European Union for the Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea” and the Ukrainian society of birds’ protection.

At present, we conduct joint studies of the islands to increase their environmental conservation status.

Thanks to Aleksandr Kurakin for the great video.