On 17 January, the water level of the Kasari river rose 228 cm above the zero level of the gauging station, flooding an extensive flood-meadow area downstream of the river. This year active snowmelt coincided with frequent showers already appearing in early January.

On World Wetlands Day, February 2nd, the Environmental Board awarded ten Estonian nature tourism businesses from the regions of Matsalu, Soomaa and Lahemaa national parks with international sustainable tourism recognition - European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (

Last week, the white-tailed eagle webcam installed by Kotkaklubi (Eagle Club) went live in Matsalu national park:

There are already many signs of spring in Matsalu National Park. Over the last couple of weeks, hundreds of rooks, northern lapwings and larks have arrived. Greylag geese, greater white-fronted geese, whooper swans, common goldeneyes and ducks have been spotted.