Storks wade through the wetlands of the Sudeniederung lowlands. The trumpeting calls of cranes can be heard from far away. White-tailed eagles, lapwings, and many other species can be seen here. The marsh landscape runs along both the right and left banks of the Elbe river through irreplaceable stopover and brood areas for more than 150 bird species. Each year, more than 40,000 geese arrive from the north to spend the winter here — a fascinating spectacle. Several observation platforms along the route offer opportunities for undisturbed watching. For detailed information about bird life on the Elbe river, see the exhibits in the Biosphärium Elbtalaue in Bleckede and the Stork Foundation in Preten.