Pentowo/Tykocin, Poland, 2001

© ESV Pentowo

Facts and Figures

Pentowo is a small farm-stead and stable in the vicinity of the village of Tykocin in north-eastern Poland, Podlasie region close to the river Narew.
14 – 32
Min. and max. numbers of breeding pairs since the year 2000
2 in Pentowo and 1995 in Tykocin
Inhabitants in the year 2017
White stork in Polish:
Bocian biały
Nesting sites:
trees, roofs of the farm buildings and poles with platforms
stork ringing for kids, observation tower


ESV Pentowo, Poland
Bogdan Toczylowski

+48 505 929 925


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The grateful stork

„One year there was a young stork that fell out of the nest when it just started to master the flying. The owner of the farm rescued the young stork from the dogs, marked it with the ring and located it back in the nest. For the following five years this stork came back from migration and was always first standing on the nest in Pentowo. And in the end of the season he was always the last stork we saw, before they left for the winter. We always saw him first coming and last leaving for the winter. Untill 2008 since then he never came back again.“


Landscape and habitat

Pentowo is situated in the old Narew riverbed and surrounded by pastures, (wet) meadows, and forests. Two national parks Biebrza- and Narew-National Park are very close. Parts of Pentowo are protected by the EU-Natura-2000 Programme. The area is famous for its rich nature and especially its bird fauna. Other remarkable species include Black stork and White-tailed eagle. The latter causing some trouble for the storks in recent years, since it was attacking stork nestes and stealing baby storks from the nests.


  • stork ringing

  • educational classes about the protection of storks and nature for children, tourists and locals

Local players and EuroNatur partners

Bocian Nature Protection Association

Storks as fortune tellers

In Poland storks are seen also as the ones that bring babies, as well as they are a symbol of prosperity, fertility and luck. If the storks are coming to your farm or household you should be happy because that is an indicator of a good prosperous year. It’s also a very important moment when you see the first stork in a year.
If the first stork you see is during flight, it’s considered to be a lucky sign, and the year will pass good and ‘‘flying‘‘ fast. If you see the stork first time when it’s standing, it’s a sign that the year will be slow and problematic. And if you see your first stork walking and feeding, that means it will be a calm and average year.


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