NEWS ARCHIVE: JANUARY 2014
January 31, 2014
Website"The National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
Especially protected areas, with a high concentration of beasts, attract not only nature lovers, but poachers. On January 21, 2014, employees of the operational hunter service of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" arrested a Kamjanets's resident in the buffer zone of the National park near the village of Panasyuki who illegally hunted with a self-made shot-contrivance. A prohibited hunting tool was seized. An administrative report was drawn up against the arrested person, Part 1 of Art. 15.37 of the Administrative Code. The case was submitted for consideration to Kamenetz district court. On January 25, 2014, in compartment 96 of the Suhopolskoe forestry area, a father and a son were arrested, residents of the village of Nepomatsinovka of the Pruzany desyrict. Using an unregistered 16 gauge shotgun and self-made self-made catch-contrivances, they illegally killed one wild boar. A criminal charge against them was instituted in Pruzhany District Police Office.
January 29, 2014
"Zarya" (The Dawn) newspaper
How many bison live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha?
Experts answer this question after the completion of accounting of their livestock. Bison "census" started here in January and will continue until about mid-February.
In winter, these animals become more trusting and are very much in need of human care. They bravely go to places with food and allow approaching them very closely. Yet, as noted by the leading researcher of the National Park, Ph.D. Alexei Bunevich, it should not be approached as much as a hundred meters closer to them. Although these giants are considered peaceful, they may behave aggressively.
"Early last year, 456 bison inhabited the National Park. How many animals are now? We are calculating," Alexei told to "The Dawn". "Perhaps, it is about 500, with newly born. They form a lot of different groups. There are also loners. About 40 percent of the total number is likely to live outside Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Bison are voluntary animals. They feed on twig food in the wild, while go on winter-crop and rapeseed fields in winter. We want to diversify their food, so once a day we are fed them. Gamekeepers carry hay, silage, roots to the places of feeding. Feeders are throughout the area of Pushcha, where artificial feeding is permitted, including the Estate of Santa Claus and even on some tourist routes.
Deputy Director General on Research of the National Park Vasily Arnolbik noted that caring for bison is a hard job, requiring many trips. Animals wander in summer and are concentrated in the field in winter, so it is convenient to count them and at the same time to identify the sex and age of each animal. Comparing new information with previous one, experts will establish the population dynamics of individual herds and the local population as a whole. In this way is possible to determine which parts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is comfortable for bison life and where they are better bred, and where conditions for habitation were not very favorable. Based on these results, it becomes clear how to carry out further breeding work with the bison population that to increase and make healthier these animals.
By Elena GARMEL
January 28, 2014
Website"The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
To stabilize the water level
A program to restore the hydrological regime of areas disturbed from land reclamation is currently running in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" within the framework of the "Management Plan of the National Park." In 2013, the Scientific Department of the National Park has been working on an inventory of small and ephemeral streams. There have been identified objects for which the restoration of hydrological regime is of paramount importance. At this stage, the development of projects to stabilize water regime in Plyanta, Boruschichi and Tepluhi tracts begins, where drainage works have been made in the 1960s. Construction of water retaining structures, planned by projects, will be completed by the end of 2014.
Restoration and stabilization of the water regime of reclaimed forest ecosystems is performed within the Project "Small streams - a great influence", which is funded by the Corporation "Coca-Cola".
January 24, 2014
Website"The National Library of Belarus"
Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
On January 23, the creative event "Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha" took place in the children's room of the National Library of Belarus.
Children acquainted with the mysteries and wonders of the Belarusian Father Frost's estate through a colorfully illustrated slide presentation. As a friendly company, guys guessed riddles about the dwellers of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and its main host - bison.
The road to the fabulous residence of Santa Claus is long. Presenting themselves as travelers, children passed with invisible ski on invisible snow trails.
After fun games, children started to perform 3D-applications. Then green Christmas tree branches, made in origami, and vivid figures - Santa Claus in a fur coat and hat with red velvet paper appeared on the model of the estates in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Headdress with garlands decorated a largest tree in the model - the prototype of the tallest Christmas spruce tree in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which turned 150 years old.
Every visitor of the National Library can see the model of the Estate of Santa Claus in the children's room.
January 23, 2014
Website"The National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
Currently the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" makes inventory of the herd of bison that live in the Park. In winter, these huge animals are waiting for help from people and become more ready to trust the man.
People can approach very close to them. That allows making great shots with the forest giants. Bison go to specially equipped "dining" - feeding places where they congregate in big herds. As to the cart which is used by gamekeepers to carry hay, silage and roots, bison literally follow it on heels, trying to grab tasty food.
This is the most convenient time for the census of bison. They can be recorded not only by tracks, but also through the visual observation. A short distance allows accurately distinguishing the gender and age of each animal, which allows identifying the sex and age structure of the population.
In winter, bison in Belovezhskaya Pushcha usually form 5 big (from 30 to nearly 200 animals) and several smaller groups. On the basis of the census, in comparison with previous years, dynamics of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha population as whole and individual herds can be ascertained. It is also possible to determine what places are better for bison life and where they are well bred, and where the conditions were not quite suitable for their habitat. In addition, these data are the basis for further breeding work aimed at increasing and health improvement of the bison population.
Exact number of bison that live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be known after the processing of the results of counts. Employees of the National Park suggest that there will be about 500 animals.
January 18, 2014
Belovezhskaya Pushcha of 1950s can be seen at the Ivan Medvedev's exhibition
Exhibition by Ivan Medvedev, which introduces to his watercolors dedicated to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, opened in the Art Museum on January 17.
Head of the exhibition hall "Brest Regional Socio- Cultural Center", the painter Michael Konkov
The exhibition timed to coincide with the centenary of the artist, presents 34 pictures. They were created in 1957 and provide an excellent opportunity to look at what the forest was more than half a century ago.
Watercolors was brought in Brest by the artist's daughter Irina Kuznetsova . According to Irina, in all her collection has about 1000 works. "They are is pictures not only about Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Recently the exhibition about Brest Fortress was hosted here (in the exhibition hall at Kholmsky Gate – note by the author). There were exhibitions in Gomel and Minsk cities," she said.
Artist Lev Alimov and director of the branch "Art Museum" of the Brest Regional Museum Vasily Gulyaev
Medvedev created his paintings directly on the site. He did not like to make photos. Breath of life of depicted terrain is felt in his watercolors dedicated to Belovezhskaya Pushcha's forest.
At the opening of the latest exhibition, Irina Kuznetsova shared idea to tie Brest city of 1950s and the modern one by using photographs. The pictures will show the same places that are on Ivan Medvedev's watercolors. The artist told the correspondent of "BG" that this idea is already being implemented. Maybe soon Brest is waiting for another exhibition, where it will be possible to compare how the city has changed.
The exhibition in the Art Museum (South barracks of Hospital Island at the Brest Fortress) runs until 27 January.
The opening ceremony was attended by many artists from Brest
January 16, 2014
The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha served about 60 thousand visitors during the New Year celebrations
About 60 thousand people have visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in the New Year holiday, as BelTA learned in the Tourism Department of the National Park.
One of the main events, which attracted tourists, was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Estate of Father Frost. During holidays, new fairy tale characters and Christmas illuminations on the Christmas tree appeared at the Estate. A Workshop of Mother Winter and a House of Baba-Kargota were opened. In addition, guests of the National Park were offered tours in the Museum of Nature and familiarity with forest wildlife.
"With the end of the Christmas holidays, Santa Claus does not stop working - he is happy to see his guests all year round," as noted in the National Park.
The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is one of the oldest protected area in the world. Belovezhskaya Pushcha was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1992. In 1993, the National Park was given a status of Biosphere Reserve. In 1997, the National Park was awarded A European Diploma for outstanding achievements in the conservation of wildlife of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
The Estate of the Belarusian Grandfather Frost is the most visited object in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Residence of the Wizard is visited by almost 70% of all tourists who come to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The Estate met first guests in December of 2003. Since then, more than a million tourists from 120 countries visited this place.
January 16, 2014
Belarusian rescuers to get over 1.5 million Euros for the EU Project "Save Bialowieza Forest together"
Rescuers of Grodno and Brest regions participate in the International Technical Assistance Project "Save Bialowieza Forest Together", as BelTA learned from Sergei Hmara, chief-specialist of the Department of the State System of Prevention of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense at the Grodno Regional Management for Emergency.
Within the project, a comprehensive system of protection of the population and the environment in the border areas of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be developed. The professional level of fire departments to conduct rescue operations will be improved. Cooperation of rescue agencies in Poland and Belarus will be continued.
Two Belarusian regional administrations and the Local Government Association "Euroregion Belovezhskaya Pushcha" in Poland will be recipients of the international technical assistance for the Project. The total project budget is 4.3 million Euros. The Belarusian part of the budget is more than 1.7 million, including 1.5 million Euros by the EU grant. The volume of co-financing will be more than 170 thousand Euros for two regions. Project implementation period is until the end of June 2015.
During the preparation of the Project, there was revealed that the level of machinery and equipment of fire and rescue services to respond effectively to the occurrence of emergencies in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, first of all, in the case of forest fires, is inadequate. Generally, it is required to increase the level of environmental protection of the unique forest and the level of interaction between Belarusian and Polish rescue agencies in the border areas.
It is planned to buy three modern fire and rescue vehicles for the Brest Emergency Management and four ones for the Grodno Emergency Management, as well as four sets of rescue equipment, fire rescue vehicles and boats for Polish rescue services. Trainings for staff of the departments of two countries will also be organized.
Information source by Tatiana Vishnevskaya, BELTA
January 15, 2014
Website "The National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha""
Results of the Christmas holidays
This year about 60,000 people visited the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" during the Christmas holidays. Adults and children happily strolled within the renewed Estate of Father Frost. A House for Bab-Yaga Kargota and a House for Mother Winter have been built there. New fairy-tale characters have been added. Illuminations on the Christmas tree have been changed. Visitors listen to fascinating tour lectures in the Museum of Nature and looked at animals in zoo-enclosures.
With the end of the Christmas holidays, Father Frost does not stop working - he is happy to see his guests all year round.
January 13, 2014
Bears may again appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Frankfurt Zoological Society intends to finance the project to return bears to the Reserve, according to News Agency «RuNews.org» citing goodnewsanimal.ru.
To turn the Reserve "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" again into a true wilderness protection reserve (in the full sense of these words), it is necessary a long time and painstaking to rebuild the damaged ecosystems, for example, to return bears to the Reserve. Since Belovezhskaya Pushcha has now no large predators, wild ungulates are very excessive in number there, and this affects the forest environment.
Scientists believe that to restore the population of bears and other animals is necessary for the preservation of the unique Nature Reserve.
Information source runews.org
January 11, 2014
"Komsomolskaya Pravda" (The Komsomol Truth) newspaper
Belarusian bison to deliver to Russia and expel from a Red Data Book for sale?
While a new concept is developed, the symbol of Belarus brings only expense - to feed bison is Belovezhskaya Pushcha is spent more than two billion Belarusian rubles.
Bison became in recent years in Belarus so numerous as it is not easy even to inventory them. Feeding of horny beauties costs about 250 thousand dollars a year only for Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This money is enough to feed 460 bison from the National Park, just as the bison in Belarus total 1,150.
"But the number of bison is not yet enough for the conservation of the species in the long term. So now, together with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the concept of the establishment of a joint areal for is bison developed.
Russia has offered to resettle some of the animals on its territory. For several years, we can safely send in Russia 60 to 80 bison," Deputy Director General for Research Work of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Vasily Arnolbik told to "Komsomolskaya Pravda". "Capture and transportation of animals is costly. An adequate funding will be provided for it."
Well, what benefit is for you if part of the bison population will be transported to Russia? Do you get paid?
"First, remaining bison will be freer to live. Secondly, in this project we plan to create in Belovezhskaya Pushcha a Scientific Breeding Center, which will help to get high quality offspring of bison and to cull weak animals.
We can provide our bison with special collars, through which we track their location. It is because now we can only assume about where is currently one or another bison.
Thus, if to improve the conditions of keeping bison, we can optimize their number and work under genetic control. In the future, the issue of the withdrawal of bison from the Red data Book will be resolved. Today, the world population of Bialowieza bison exceeds four thousand animals. So, that is already wrong to call bison a rare animal."
I heard that there is a great demand for Belarusian bison at the Moscow Rublevka area and Russian oligarchs are willing to shell out a tidy sum to get them in their home zoos!
"While bison are listed as endangered, we cannot freely sell them out of the country, except by special permission of the Ministry of Nature Protection.
Lately a total of four bison were exported from Belovezhskaya Pushcha outside Belarus – to a zoo in Karelia and as a gift to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Yaroslavl city."
But to hunt for "defective" bison from the reserved gene pool group is possible. According to experts, this amusement costs for Belarusian and foreigner alike - from 5 to 20 thousand Euros (depending on the bison trophy quality).
January 08, 2014
Website "Wild Nature"
A research worker won a prize of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus through investigations of bison
Leading researcher of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", Ph.D. Alexei Bunevich won the competition in 2013 for the award of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, which was established on the 85th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences. This award was given to him for a series of joint work with Professor Petr Kozlo "Bison in Belarus: Rebirth and Prospects." This direction is one of the leading scientific research not only in the National Park, but in the country. Due to planned activity of Belarusian scientists, Belarus has become the second state in the world in terms of the bison population. The number of forest giants in the country has now reached 1,150 animals. About 500 of them live in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
In addition, bison are constantly settled into new habitats. The number of national parks and forest enterprises where they live is 12. All in all, there are now more than 4,000 of these animals in the world, which were close to the extinction.
January 06, 2014
The government of Belarus has approved 22 projects of international assistance
Based upon the proposals by the Commission on International Technical Cooperation, the Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved a number of projects of technical assistance.
As stated in the decision of the Belarusian government which is posted on the national legal Internet portal, the list of the approved projects includes:
"Support for cross-border initiatives of local communities in the Euroregion "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
"Training of fire services in the trans-boundary region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
"Active playing sports in the Euroregion "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"
(The news is placed in the short-cut form, the BP-21 Century editor's note)