The Magura National Park was established on January 1, 1995. It is situated at the heart of the Beskid Niski and covers the source area of the Wisłoka river and the Magura Wątkowska range. It was established to protect the unique transitional area between the Eastern and Western Carpathians. Its area is 19 439 hectares, 89.7% of which is in the Podkarpackie voivodeship, and the rest in the Małopolskie voivodeship.
Being largely covered by forests (95%) the park is home to as many as 57 species of mammals, including bears, wolves, badgers, lynxes and wild cats.
The park is a habitat for 160 species of birds, including many rare and protected ones, such as the golden eagle, boreal owl, Eurasian pygmy owl and the Ural owl. Over thirty pairs of the lesser spotted eagle have their nests in the park, making it an area with one of the highest densities of population of this species in Poland. The population of the buzzard is one of the largest in Europe.
Crown of Polish Mountains