Strong winds this week and low temperatures earlier this week caused the death of thousands of migratory birds including swallows and swifts passing through Greece on their way from Africa to Europe, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported on Thursday.
"It's a major disaster," Maria Ganoti of the wildlife protection group Anima told the AFP.
The number of migrants staying at reception centers on the Aegean islands has dropped in the first three months of the year despite a spike in arrivals.
More specifically, according to the Migration Ministry, the number decreased in January-March 2020 to 36,387 from 38,423 people in the corresponding period in 2019.
Storks, which migrate to relatively warmer regions in winter, have returned to their old home in Turkey with the arrival of the spring season.
The 20-acre forest area, located in the Kızılırmak Delta Bird Sanctuary in the Black Sea province of Samsun and currently hosting 900 stork nests, welcomed its first guests.
Greek riot police and troops fired tear gas early on Wednesday at hundreds of migrants as they made another attempt to cross the border from Turkey into Greece.
The air was thick with smoke on both the Greek and Turkish sides of the Kastanies border crossing, and fire engines were also at hand to put out smoldering blazes on the ground.
Thousands of irregular migrants in Turkey headed towards European frontiers on Feb 28 after an official said the borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria where 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Russian-backed Syrian regime troops.
The mobility of the irregular migrants, that started in the late hours of Feb. 28, is ongoing in the region.
The Turkish coastguard rescued 10 irregular migrants early on Feb. 22, who were illegally attempting to cross to Europe through the Aegean Sea.
State-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 22 that a boat belonging to the coast guard were dispatched to Aegean province of İzmir's Dikili district, where they were seen to be stranded on rocks.