17 March 2021
Stork Valley in the district of Konya Beysehir, Turkey is located is home to one of the largest stork colony. The storks that came from Africa, flapping their wings for thousands of kilometers, incubated on juniper trees. Those who cannot go can even watch the birth of storks on the internet 24/7 with the system established by the municipality.
The storks coming from Africa over the Nile Valley nest on the tops of juniper trees in the Yeşildağ and Adaköy region of the Beyşehir district, on the foothills of Anamas Mountain. Storks attract the attention of bird watchers and nature lovers.
Beyşehir Culture and Tourism Association President Mustafa Büyükkafalı reminded that storks started to come to the valley in March and April every year as the weather warms up.
Stating that the storks are also described as the good news of spring in the region, Büyükkafalı said: “In these first days of spring, our harbingers began to come. With the hot air currents, they arrive in the first weeks of March and the beginning of April every year and they cheer here. Turkey’s largest stork colony is located here in Yeþildað and Adaköy. The reason is, because our wetlands are very good, the storks prefer this place and they can find it much easier with the hot air flow. “
Stating that the number of storks reached 5,000 in the summer months, Büyükkafalı said, “We, as an association, carry out activities here every year. We show the Valley of the Storks to all our guests, both as photographic activities and hiking activities. There are very good photo opportunities here.
For those who cannot come, Beyşehir Municipality has a good work, they can watch all the behavior of storks from the site 24 hours a day until they reach their birth. Every year, before the storks arrive, the stork nests are cleaned and corrected by the teams of our Beyşehir Municipality and the volunteers here. In addition, nests are placed. Some nature associations produce projects and provide comfort to the storks. There are nearly 50 nests in Storks Valley. Nearly 5,000 storks come here soon and they migrate again in the autumn. ”