NEWS ARCHIVE: MARCH 2013

March 27, 2013 "Polesskaya Pravda" (The Polessie Truth) newspaper Red deer from Belovezhskaya Pushcha to settle in Polessie around the Pinsk city

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Red deer, Soshnenskoe forest enterprise

Last Tuesday, two female of red deer were delivered from Belovezhskaya Pushcha to the hunting grounds of the Soshnenskoe forest enterprise. Two males will soon bring here.

All this was done as part of the Program of Development of Pripyat Polesie. This project is expensive, so only three deer animals will be in the hunting area for the present. There are plans in the future to bring a few individuals more.

No deer is in the forest hunting grounds of the Soshnenskoe forest enterprise, though a big number of elk, wild boar and roe deer are there, and their populations are growing.

Someone may ask why the animals were brought from Belovezhskaya Pushcha? It is because the Telehany forest enterprise with a big population of red deer is in the neighborhood. According to M.Savilo, the forest hunting specialist of the Soshnenskoe forest enterprise, it is necessary to change the gene pool and to improve offspring.
Deer will be in the enclosure at least a year. Then they were released. However, as a rule, deer did not go far from the places where they grew up. These animals are relatively sedentary. Of course, there is a little migration, but deer are still back to their origin areas.
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By Inna Urbanowich
March 25, 2013 Website "BelSat" It is now possible to watch online the life of bison in the Bialowieza Forest

What and how much are bison eat? Who's a leader in the herd? Are these animals respected by the other inhabitants of the forest? See for yourself!

Polish forest service makes possible you to see online the life of bison in one of the oldest national parks in Europe.

A camcorder which allows you to watch bison in their natural habitat has been set in a clearing with a trough in the northern part of the Bialowieza Forest. This is one of those places where foresters put food for bison in winter. In night the clearing is illuminated by a lamp with infrared light. Animals do not see this kind of radiation, so it does not affect their behavior and the life rhythm. Foresters say that different groups of bison come to the trough with the camera. However, the animals with recently born little calves are the most common.

Red deer and roe deer also often come to the feeder, after patiently waiting for the forest owners to have full of the food. There are also rabbits, martens, and occasionally even wolves, but bison bravely chased the intruders.

Now the Bialowieza Forest that is on the territory of Poland and Belarus is home for the biggest population of bison in Europe. Now, about 1,000 bison live in both parts of the Forest. In the early XX century, these majestic animals have become extinct in the wild Bialowieza Forest. The last bison was killed by a poacher in 1919. Only after World War II the animal were reintroduced to the natural environment from a private nursery.

By Maxim Yaroshevich, belsat.eu
March 25, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Our neighbors

A meeting of the Scientific Council with the participation of the employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was held In the Bialowieza National Park (the Bialowieza village, Poland) on March 15, 2013. Areas of scientific researches in the Polish Bialowieza Forest in 2013 have been discussed and a plan for the reconstruction of the Palace Park has been presented. In order to reconcile the conflicts with local communities in the field of the environmental activities, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Poland donate to the National Park a special grant for the establishment of a training center and for the support of projects for local communities. A concept of this center has been presented and approved by the Scientific Council. The information on the implementation of research on the bison conservation program has been heard. Special attention has been paid to the amplification of the Belarusian-Polish cooperation in the areas of hydrological monitoring, reintroduction of rare species and the development of tourism.
March 24, 2013 Website "Real Brest" Bialowieza Forest to join a list of the most expensive tourist routes


Belarusian beauty are entered into a tourist route of the cost of £ 1 million. The British website VeryFirstTo.com prepared an extraordinarily extravagant offer for tourists during two years to visit all 962 objects from a UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. The trip is for two persons and costs no less than 990,000 pounds.

Media has nicknamed this tourist routes as the most expensive in history. Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, Machu Picchu and Easter Island, as well as four Belarusian pearl Belovezhskaya Pushcha, palace complexes in Mir and Nesvizh, and Struve Arc - are among the places which a happy couple with thick wallets and a ton of free time can see.

Respublica (The Republic) newspaper
March 20, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Bialowieza bison to preserve the gene pool

On March 12, 2013, the Belarusian part of the Bialowieza Forest was visited by Professor Wanda Oleh, Head of Department of Genetics at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Wanda Oleh heads the international bison-breeding group and coordinates the work program. From our country Sc.D. Petr Kozlo (Minsk, Belarussian Academy of Sciences) and Ph.D. Alexei Bunevich (the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha") are members of this group. During the meeting it was agreed to carry out joint genetic research of bison living in the Belarusian part of the Bialowieza Forest. It is very important for the preservation of the existing gene pool of Bialowieza bison, as only 7 animals were the ancestors of the population. Most valuable animals genetically identified in the research are to be used for further breeding to avoid losses in the existing gene pool of the species.

March 20, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Our employees in Berlin

The International Tourism Exchange ITB Berlin was held in Berlin from 6 to 10 March 2013. This is one of the biggest tourism fairs of the world, which involves more than 180 countries.

All components of the tourism industry - international federations of tourism, national and regional tourism organizations, tourism and travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, insurance companies, etc are presented at the ITB Berlin. This tourism forum is recognized as barometer of the world economic situation in the tourist industry and is the second biggest "World Travel Market after London. It attracts the tourism businesses from all over the world. Businessmen come for business networking, sharing experiences, new ideas and exploring current trends in the development of world tourism.

This year the tourist exchange was attended by representatives of the Bialowieza Forest from both Belarusian and Polish sides. Their tasks was to present the tourist potential of Bialowieza Forest and the exchange of experience with European national parks to promote the tourism product and to develop the tourism. Both Belarusian and Polish sides adequately presented the Bialowieza Forest at the Tourism Forum, told about its unique nature, trends in development of tourism facilities and services. After the presentation they answered questions from journalists and tourism enterprises.

The experience and contacts established with foreign tour companies will contribute to bring fame to for the Bialowieza Forest in the global tourism market and will attract new visitors to this unique region.
March 18, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Getting ready for spring

The upcoming spring brings new concerns for foresters and employees of the National Park to protect forests.

Laying out of trap trees of 200 cubic meters for observations of invasion and censuring of pests is planned to ensure monitoring, partial capture and destruction of populations of stem pests (especially spruce bark beetles and the pine bark beetles). The trap trees will be removed from the forest after pests' colonization.

Over 500 artificial nests for the "forest friends" (feathery inhabitants of Pushcha) will be hung on trees to strengthen the biological control for entomological pests.
March 18, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Snow Maiden departed

On March 9, a holiday "Send-off the Snow Maiden and Mother Winter" and Carnival was in the Manor of Belarusian Father Frost.

This day many entertainments were prepared for guests of the Manor. An Winter effigy was burned in the Twelve Months Glade. A performance with wooden spoons was given in honour of Snow Maiden and Santa Claus. The Ensemble "Fidget" danced as incendiary as the guests who arrived at the Manor also joined to it. Visitors could sing and dance in a ring near a Christmas tree with "Squirrel" who promised Maiden and Mother Winter care of Santa Claus during their absence and maintain order in the Manor. Winter she-magicians went to the North Pole to prepare gifts for the next New Year.

Despite the weather was not so good, about 500 people came to see off.
March 13, 2013 Website "BELTA" Santa Claus from Belovezhskaya Pushcha expects to serve the millionth visitor in 2013

Santa Claus from Belovezhskaya Pushcha expects to meet the millionth visitor in 2013 as BelTA learned from the administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The number of tourists who visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha is growing from year to year. Five years ago, the National Park served up to 100 thousand tourists a year. In 2008, this figure reached 200 thousand. In 2011, 379 thousand people visited the excursion objects of the National Park. In 2012, there were almost 70 thousand more 448,500 persons. About half of people were the citizens from foreign countries.

The visitors to Pushcha are especially numerous during the holiday season. These days, many people want to meet with the winter chief magician - Santa Claus. During school holidays, the Estate of the Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is visited by up to 60, and on some days by up to 100 groups of tourists, mostly in winter. However, many independently traveling tourists come these days. In December last year, more than 37 thousand people visited the owner of the estate, and more than 30 thousand visited for the first two weeks of January 2013. Totally 850 thousand people visited the Estate for 9 years.

The Estate of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha served first visitors in December of 2003. The Estate is located in the depths of the Forest, in a clearing where bison had to feed in winter. The total area of the Estate is 15 hectares. A carved Tower for Santa Claus House, a House for his Granddaughter Snow Maiden, the Store House for gifts and many other attributes associated with the fairytale hero have been built there. A 40-meter and 120-year-old Christmas Tree which is the highest natural Christmas spruce in Europe is rightly considered the main attraction of the Estate.

The Belarusian Father Frost's Estate in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is open to the public all year round. The spring is met here with a send-off to Maiden as Granddaughter of Santa Claus lives with his Grandfather in the Estate only in winter. Santa Claus never leaves his Estate in Pushcha. Since the heat weather becomes, he changes a winter garment to a light coat and boots.

By Olga Kobyak
March 10, 2013 Website "Second National Channel (ONT)" Video: Noisy and fun farewell with Snow Maiden in the Estate of Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

She leaves every year before the Carnival until next winter. Many tourists come to Pushcha at the end of the winter season, especially on this holiday.

The estate met guests with snowdrifts and snow on roofs. In this way the winter recalled about itself, although a horse-drawn vehicle was prepared for departure of Maiden, instead a sleigh. After the traditional burning of effigies of Winter, Father Frost, Snow Maiden and visitors danced around a Christmas Tree, hearing rollicking songs.

Anton Rahleev (Kemerovo, Russia): "Beautiful! The impression is like I got into a childhood, into a fairy tale. It is the similar impression as compared with the period when I walked on foot under the table."

Parting with Snow Maiden has already become a good tradition. This year, the estate of Belarusian Father Frost celebrates 10 since birthday. However, visitors are welcomed at any time here - the estate in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is working seven days a week all year round.

(The video clip can be viewed on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-CioOYkSkZY)
March 06, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Belarusian Father Frost returned from Buryatia

Guests from Buryatia came to the Belarusian Father Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on the New Year's Eve. They invited him to celebrate Sagaalgan - New Year in the Buddhist calendar. In the Buddhist tradition, it comes in different years between late January and mid-March (spring for the first new moon of the lunar calendar).

Together with Belarusian Father Frost and Snow Maiden, Evenk beautiful Winter Mather and Russian Grandfather Frost from Veliky Ustyug also came to the holiday to Buryatia. They participated in Ulan-Ude in the opening of the residence of Sagaan Ubgena - White Elder, who is the patron of the people of Buryatia and acts as Santa Claus. His residence is located at the Ethnographic Museum of Transbaikalia.

Gifts from Belovezhskaya Pushcha were presented for the fabulous "colleague" on the occasion of the celebration.

The installation of the "Fabulous Mile" was the big event of the festival. The distance to the place of residence of other fairy tale characters are on this road signs. In addition, an agreement of intent to create a "Fairy Map of Russia and Belarus" was signed. Presentation of this map will be in December 2013 during the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the "Manor of Belarusian Grandfather Frost". Simultaneously, the first international Fabulous Mile will be installed in the Manor.


March 06, 2013 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Returned victorious

On March 2, the team of the National Park took part in the finale of the regional competition of the intellectual game "What? Where? When?" among forest industry's unions was held in Pinsk. It was attended by 19 teams from different parts of the Brest region. Our team consisted of researchers and guides of the National Park. They took an honorable third place prize.

March 05, 2013 Website "Tourism and Leisure" Miss Supranational and a Belarusian stand at ITB in Berlin will represent the beauty of our girls

On Wednesday, March 6, the Berlin Tourism Exchange ITB will be open. The Belarusian delegation in Germany will present 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship and recreation in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Recall that eight companies from Belarus - hotels "Planet" and "Orbit" Business Center "Capital", companies "TsentrKurort", "BelarusTourService", "Ditrib", "Prime Tour" and "Minsk Tourist Information Center" - will participate in this year's exhibition. The budget of the exhibition, which includes both government funding and exhibitors' contributions, is over 40,000 Euros.

The stand will be divided into two parts: the first is devoted to symbols of the FIFA World Hockey Championship and the second is to the promotion of "green tourism". Two presentations will be made by the Belarusian delegation at the exhibition - the first, respectively, will present the World Championship and the second (prepared jointly with the Polish National Tourist Office) will show Belovezhskaya Pushcha, with an emphasis on outdoor activities. Two representatives from the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" who will talk about the possibilities of this recreation will travel to the exhibition.

In addition to presentations, tasting Belarusian products - candy, cookies and liqueurs will be at the exhibition. Many advertising products, including calendar of tourist events in Belarus in 2013 in English and leaflets with information about recreation in the Belarusian national parks will also be available.

By Janina Sedelnik