Matsalu National Park Celebrates 55th Birthday (1)
Matsalu National Park, one of Europe’s most noted migratory waterfowl nesting areas, is celebrating its 55th anniversary today.
Founded in 1957, the park covers 485 square kilometers of Lääne County, encompassing Matsalu Bay, the Kasari River delta and surrounding areas.
It is the only national park in the Baltics to receive the Council of Europe's Diploma of Protected Areas, which recognizes the area's biological, geological and landscape diversity.
The park is also home to a number of endangered species, including the white-tailed eagle, a fact that draws hundreds of bird watchers each year.
To mark the anniversary, the park is hosting a conference that will give representatives of surrounding local governments, as well as Matsalu's own staff members, an overview of the various research projects carried out there over the years.