NEWS: MAY 2013
We are asking KIND PEOPLE, SPONSORS, COMPANIES and ORGANIZATIONS for financial DONATION of our public activities on protection and conservation of the Belarusian part of the Bialowieza Forest (Belovezhskaya Pushcha). Even small-sized contributions are very welcomed because of the dramatic situation. We are also asking TRANSLATORS and other experts for help and bilateral cooperation to protect and conserve the Bialowieza Forest. We will also be VERY GRATEFUL for your technical and other assistance. Thank you in advance.
With your offers, please address to our email pushcha-XXI@tut.by. Your questions and other related information are also welcomed.
May 07, 2013
"Vecherniy Brest" (The Evening Brest) newspaper
Watch over Cuckoo through a satellite
The study of Cuckoo is expected to begin in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the next year. Last week, the management of the National Park has discussed the possibility of such studies with the management of NGO "Belarus Birds' Life" and the representative of the British Royal Society of the Protection of Birds Norbert Schafer.
According to the member of the Board of the NGO Nikolai Cherkas, European scientists are also interested in such studies. Number of cuckoo dramatically reduced in Europe. Today, according to ornithologists, only 7 thousand breeding pairs of birds arrives from Africa to the British Isles during the warm season. For comparison: over 50,000 cuckoos nest in Belarus.
Scientists are puzzling over the cause of this phenomenon for years. Some believe that global climate change is the reason, because the British birds are now laying eggs earlier than the cuckoo fly, depriving them of the opportunity to put their eggs. According to another version, the problem is to reduce the number of caterpillars that cuckoo feed.
Perhaps the observations over Belarusian cuckoos would help clarify the situation. It is assumed that some birds are equipped with very small sensors, less than 5 grams of weight, which will transmit the information on the location of the birds. This will set the points of their migration and wintering areas. Anyone can watch birds online on the website specially created for this task.
By Elena Tribuleva
May 03, 2013
Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
A specialized Exhibition "Brest Land of Tourism" in the frame of the 15th International Trade Fair "Brest. Commonwealth 2013" was held in Brest frm 24 to 26 April of 2013. The Exhibition became the center of demonstration of tourism opportunities in the region.
The Exhibition showcased the leading regional tour operators, sanatoria and health resorts, memorials and museums, hotels and resorts, country estates, national reserves, hunting grounds, sports and recreation centers, as well as the national cuisine.
The stand of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" presented the abundance of advertising brochures, postcards, maps and other printed information. Visitors could learn here about the sights of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They also could get qualified explanations on matters of interest and obtain a booklet with a list of services and detailed information about the National Park.
Our National Park was among the most prestigious tourist sites of the Brest region. It won the award for "Best Tourist Interest" and was awarded a diploma.
May 03, 2013
"Narodnaya Gazeta" (The People's Newspaper) newspaper
Bison go north
I've heard that bison from Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be settled in our Vitebsk region. Where exactly will these animals be placed and whether can people see them? Are there any plans in the future to hunt for bison?
By Eugeny Lisivskiy, Novopolotsk
A new micropopulation of bison will really be in the Vitebsk region. Head of the Hunting Ground "InterService" Stepan Gabrusenok told to the reporter of the "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" that ten bison have been purchased in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Five of them have already been delivered to the territory of the Verkhnedvinsk district. Other animals will come to a new place of residence before the end of this year. A spacious enclosure has been equipped for bison, where they will be kept for one year and then will be released into the wild. If lucky, visitors can see bison in the Hunting Ground. Hunting of these rare animals is not planned because this species is listed as endangered.
Such bison micropopulations already exist within the territories of the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, the Osipovichy experimental forestry and the Nalibokskaya Pushcha Nature Protection Sanctuary. Bison can also be seen in the Pripyatskiy National Park , the Agricultural Farm "Ozery" of the Grodno region and in the Polesskiy Radiation-Ecological Reserve. Settling bison in new areas is important to increase the stability of the general population and at the same time reduce the negative impact upon the Belovezhskaya Pushcha ecosystem, where the science-based number of the animals of this species has already exceeded the optimum for the National Park, as scientists say. There are now 4.5 thousand bison in the world. The largest population (1.1 thousand) lives in Poland, the second largest one (over 1,080) is on the territory of Belarus.