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Rare birds threatened by cold snap in Danube delta

Endangered Species: Romania
FYI: Dalmatian Pelican
Jan 24, 2007
A return of winter in Romania could damage rare bird populations in the Danube Delta where nesting is beginning early this year due to UNUSUALLY warm weather. Meteorologists expect temperatures to drop below zero in coming days, threatening colonies of Dalmatians Pelicans, Pygmy Cormorants and Spoonbills in the vast marshlands of the delta, one of the most biodiverse regions in Europe. "Some species, which were supposed to come at the end of February, are already here." Some birds are returning early to the delta, which lies on a key migratory route for wild birds, and many never left when temperatures rose as high as 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) earlier in January.

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