Ag-gel National Park

Ag-gel National Park
Year of Foundation: 2003
Area (hectare): 17,924
Location: On the territory of Agjabedi and Beylagan districts.
Short description: It was created with the aim of preserving migratory routes, wintering and nesting areas for waterbirds, as well as breeding commercial commercial birds. The area of ​​4,400 hectares covers the water area of ​​Lake Ag-gel. The reserve is called an "ornithological oasis": it is not only a protected area, but also one of the most important wintering grounds in the republic. The Milky Steppe, surrounding the lake, is a small hilly accumulative plain, where mostly semi-desert and desert vegetation grows. The climate is warm semi-desert and arid steppe: summer is warm and dry, winter is cold. 20 species of fish live in the reserve: pike, erythrocalter mongolikus, carp and others. Earlier, when the lake was connected to the Kura River, the ichthyofauna was richer. Of the amphibians in the reserve live green toads and other amphibians. From reptiles there are Caspian and marsh turtles, ordinary and water snakes. There are 134 species of birds in the orilithofauna of the reserve, including 89 nesting species. More than 30 samples of Charadriiformes and 24 samples of Anchoriformes. Among the birds encountered here are species listed in the Red Book - Francinus, white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Phoenicopteri, Branta ruficollis, Platalea leucordia, white pelican (Pelicanus onocrotalus), curly pelican (Pelecanus crispus) and other species. Among the mammals represented by 22 species, wild boar, nutria and marsh lynx (Felis chaus) are common. Here, unique colonial nesting places of cactiiformes (Ciconiiformes) and pelican-shaped ones are preserved, which are of great scientific and practical interest. The most protected objects here are the water-marsh ecosystems of Lake Ag-Gel, the places of mass nesting and wintering of waterfowl and coastal birds.