ON THE WINGS OF THE FLAMINGO

The Regional Park of the Po Delta is a unique natural site thanks to its geological formation and to the numerous species of animals that live there. It is an area which man has wrenched from the sea, and this renders it even more fascinating to explore.

The Po Delta extends over a vast area that includes the provinces of Rovigo, Ferrara e Ravenna. It is under the protection of the Regional Park of the Po Delta, together with the coastal territories of Reggio-Emilia, and Veneto Regional Park. In the interior of the Emilian Park, the Comacchio valleys constitute an environment of rare beauty: mirrors of brackish water are interrupted by sand banks and suggestive tonges of land to give the place its unique beauty. Notwithstanding the successive draining of wetlands for agriculture which have reduced the area drastically, the valleys represent one of the most important complex of lagoons in Italy. In fact they extend for over 11 thousand hectares between Comacchio and the River Reno and they are interconnected by numerous canals which all ultimately flow into the Adriatic .
The salt flats of Comacchio, which extend for about 600 hectares, is one of the most interesting areas of the Delta. It is made of alternating areas of canals and muddy stretches of land which define and delimit the vast flats of saline water, the perfect environment for the numerous species of animals which live here. The Isola Bianca (White Isle), one of the oldest fluvial islands in the Po is of particular beauty and has been in existence since the XVth century. Today the Park is one of the most important in Italy from the point of view of nature conservation, and has 92 species of plants, and over 35 000 birds live here permanently with another 55 000 birds coming here for the winter every year. The pink flamingo is the symbol of this natural haven, because this natural habitat is ideal for its survival.
This Park is in fact the ideal place for the keen birdwatcher armed with his binoculars and dressed in camouflage. This activity is on the increase and offers a view of a world largely unknown. Every season offers its own unique opportunity for the birdwatcher, but in spring and autumn the birds are particularly fascinating. Of course the most important moments in the day are in the early hours of the morning and at dusk,  when the birds are particularly active in searching for food.