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The white stork holds a cherished place in Polish culture and landscapes. It was once so highly esteemed that killing a stork carried the penalty of death. Today, the White Stork Day celebrates this remarkable bird, which is also a symbol of Poland.
Poland is a haven for white storks, with around 50,000 nesting pairs, making every fourth white stork a compatriot. They arrive in Poland with the onset of spring, first males scouting the territory, followed by females. They build nests near human settlements, on rooftops, church towers, and tall trees. Interestingly, the male stork incubates the eggs.
White storks in Poland are protected by law, but their populations have declined in neighboring countries. White Stork Day raises awareness about stork life, their cultural importance, and the threats they face. Festivities include meetings, exhibitions, and educational activities.
Preserving storks’ habitats, maintaining biodiversity, and minimizing human-induced threats are crucial. The white stork symbolizes Poland’s commitment to nature conservation and the protection of this magnificent bird.
In conclusion, White Stork Day celebrates the white stork’s significance in Polish culture and highlights the need for its conservation.