On Saturday, June 18, 2022, twenty children from primary and secondary schools participated in a workshop on birds of the Drava River, which was held in the Sports and Recreation Zone Prelog. The workshop was led by a nature photographer and member of the BIOM association Luka Hercigonja.

In the first, theoretical part of the workshop, he talked about numerous species of birds that can be observed on Lake Dubrava and the ways in which we can safely distinguish them from one another. In the second, practical part of the workshop, intrigued schoolchildren visited different locations on the lake in order to observe and determine as many bird species as possible.

Under the leadership of Luka Hercigonja, 22 species were observed and determined, of which we will only mention the common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), the red-billed tern (Sterna hirundo), the little white heron (Egretta garzetta), the Eurasian penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus), the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) the white wagtail (Motacilla alba), and a black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) that was hiding in the bushes along the coast. In addition to birds, they also observed a significant population of dragonflies, especially the blue emperor (Anax imperator).

This was the third of five planned workshops on local flora and fauna organized by the Town of Prelog in cooperation with Marina Prelog Ltd. The previous two workshops were led by an experienced biology and chemistry teacher from Prelog High School, Mišo Rašan, and their topics were macroinvertebrates hiding in the sediment of the Drava River and locusts, respectively.


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