NEWS ARCHIVE: AUGUST 2011

August 30, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A pilotless plane over Belovezhskaya Pushcha

As we already reported, the VII session of the Joint Board of the Ministries of Emergencies of Belarus and Russia was held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha on August 23. An exhibition of Belarusian rescue equipment was in its framework. A special attention was attracted by the novelty developed by scientists from the Physic and Technical Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus - an unmanned aerial vehicle "Stork".

After the exhibition, the pilotless plane was tested in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It took a few flybys of the territory damaged by a hurricane in late July. The pictures will be used by the forest department to clarify the surface and extent of damage caused by the elements.

August 30, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Delegates of the Environmental Forum visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha

On August 26, members of the Final of the IX Republican Environmental Forum devoted to the International Year of Forests came to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. About 400 delegates from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland and Belarus, visited the Museum of Nature, enclosures with wild animals and the Belarusian Father Frost. The visit to the "Chief of the forests in Europe" - the most pristine forest with its unique natural sights - became the top of the excursions.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of the Republic of Belarus together with the Eco-Forum Organizing Committee awarded to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" a Certificate of Merit "For Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Conservation of the World Heritage Site".


In the photo (from left to right): Director General of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" Alexander Bury, head of Kamenets District Inspectorate of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Vladimir Ryadkov, chairman of the Brest Regional Committee of Natural Resources and Environment Protection T. Yalkovskaya and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus V. Tsalko.

August 27, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Emergencies ministries in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

On August 23, the VII session of the Joint Board of the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus and the Russian Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief was held at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha's area.

It was attended by heads of departments - Vladimir Vashchenko and Sergei Shoigu.

The agenda was to discuss a long list of issues of cooperation between rescue departments of the two countries. Ministers and Board members discussed the interaction of forces and means of two bodies when responding to accidents caused from transporting gas, oil and petroleum products and other dangerous goods. They exchanged the experience in fire prevention in the residential sector and discussed the further cooperation of fire and disaster rescue units in the border areas. They also touched on cooperation in the field of psychosocial care for people in emergencies, and approved a program of joint training for Belarusian and Russian Emergencies Ministries in the educational institutions of the States Parties for the period between 2012 and 2015.

By the end of the board, the participants visited the Museum of Nature and enclosures with wild animals, and saw the sights of the National Park.

Sergei Shoigu left a memory message in the book of honorable guests "Many thanks to all the staff for saving the memory of the past and the beauty of the present of this unique natural monument. Goodness to you and good luck!".

August 26, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" An eagle with transmitter found in the vicinity of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Birds fitted with transmitters virtually occur every year in Belarus. But no one has yet succeeded personally watching them. Therefore, the real sensation was the observation of the movements of spotted eagle near the outskirts of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha".

The entire situation started with a phone call last week. Victor Fenchuk, director of NGO "Belarus Birds' Life", called in the scientific department of the National Park. He said that the lesser spotted edge equipped with a satellite transmitter is on the outskirts of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, near the village of Dobuchin, Pruzhany district.

The young bird (two years old) was marked in Germany and a relatively long time lived in the west of Belarus, by moving to within a few hundred meters. Concern for the pet bird of prey was expressed from the known researcher from Germany, Prof. Bernd Meyburg, who is a member of the World Working Group for the Study of Birds of Prey and Owls (WWGPB). He passed the coordinates of the movements of the spotted eagle and asked to find it and discover what happened. The problem was that the signals of the transmitter were received for several weeks almost from one location - the ameliorated swamp Kharevo. And the last night there were generally move within a few meters. This suggested that the dead bird is lying in a field, while the slight deviation of the signal caused by the equipment error.

It was immediately decided to go to the place of dislocation of the bird and to check out what was going on. Frankly, the worst scenario was expected. However, arriving at the site, we saw that the eagle is safely flying but the whole "squadron" of the 4 buzzards in turn tries to attack it. Yes! We immediately cheered up from what we saw. The bird is still alive and with no visible damage!

Soon the eagle was tired of the air battles and it sat on one of hedgerow trees. This place was exactly the co-ordinates on the map.

After a while, its congener, but without the beacon, flew up and settled near.

In all, , we counted five buzzards, two spotted eagle and a couple of marsh harriers within dozens of hectares which were fattening their offspring, as well as a pair of white storks that made their nest on the broken aspen. Such an abundance of bird hunters is not surprising: the adjoining hay fields are excellent hunting grounds for birds of prey and forest belts along roads and drainage channels are also perfect places to relax. The abundance of food attracted the spotted eagle with the beacon to stay in the area for a long time.

Day drew to a close. The big orange ball of sun slowly sank below the horizon. We, being tired but in a good mood, went home and wished a happy and safe journey to the visitor from Germany.

Anton Kuzmitsky, junior researcher; Vyacheslav Kravchuk, Researcher

August 25, 2011 Website "OPEN.BY" The concept of bison conservation to develop in Belarus

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection has developed the concept of conservation of bison in Belarus as it was reported in the Ministry. The concept provides for the formation of the genetically stable and viable population of the Bialowieza bison to ensure its preservation as a species. The document is aimed at further increasing in number and stabilization of the Bialowieza bison population at a level that ensures its long-term survival - 1,500 individuals. Activities in the frame of the concept will be implemented in two phases. The first is designed for 2011 to 2015 and makes the preparation of a management plan for the Bialowieza bison population, action plans for preservation of seven micro-populations of Belarusian bison (Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Borisovsko-Berezinskaya, Nalibokskaya, Polesskaya, Osipovichskaya, Ozerskaya and Ozeranskaya) and the sustainable use of their resources. There will be an inventory of hunting grounds for identifying promising areas to form new micro-populations of these rare animals.

Scientists together with environmentalists are also planning to develop a scheme of settlement of bison and to generate at least five new man-managed micro-populations. A complex of sanitary and veterinary measures to improve keeping conditions for these animals will be prepared and technologies on introduction of bison into hunting grounds for the formation of new micro-populations that to provide the optimal and economically substantiated structure of animal populations will be created.

The scientific and breeding center which will deal with the preservation of Belarusian bison and will improve their populations will be made on the basis of the National Landscape Sanctuary "Nalibokskiy". Environmentalists plan to create a single database on the status of Bialowiza bison, including information about micro-populations, their numbers and distribution.

The second stage of the concept is designed for 2016 to 2030 years. In its scopes will be developed criteria for assessing the breeding value of bison, and the rules of selection and breeding of these animals. Particular attention will be given to a project to create genetic passports for bison. Proposals on incentives (tax exemptions, increasing the time of lease hunting grounds) of users of hunting grounds and other entities will be prepared, within the boundaries of lands inhabited by bison to ensure the formation and growth of micro-populations of bison and the sustainable management of their resources.

Breeding bison in Belarus started in 1946 and 1947 in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", when 10 bison - the founders of the population - were imported from Poland. Seven micro-populations of freely living animals (a total of 983) constitute individuals now the Bialowieza bison population. The bison micro-population in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the largest in Belarus. The number of bison has increased more than 40 times over 64 years and consisted of 415 animals in early 2011. Adult bison make up more than half of the herd. The recommended number of these animals for Belovezhskaya Pushcha is at the level of 220 to 250 and the potential of the micro-population in the natural environment was depleted by the end of 80th years of XX century. Over the next 20 years the bison population growth has slowed, the reproduction has decreased and the cases of diseases have abruptly become more frequent. Currently, the Bialowieza bison micro-population is characterized as stable, with signs of inhibition of development and breeding, says the Ministry of Environment.

BelTA
August 25, 2011 Website "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" (Russian newspaper) Rescuers of Belarus and Russia have agreed to cooperate more actively

The exchange of operational information in an automatic mode between Belarus and Russia will be put and Belarus will set up a Center for Crisis Management, like the Russian one. This information was voiced at the meeting of the joint board of the Ministry of Emergencies of Belarus and the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which took place in Belovezhskaya Pushcha under the guidance of Ministers Vladimir Vashchenko and Sergei Shoigu.

Belarusian Emergencies Ministry arranged an exhibition of contemporary art rescuers on a platform in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. All machines are made in Belarus. And most importantly is they are all on alert. Shoigu examined with interest the machinery, delayed for a long time in a tent with the rescue combat clothing (Kazakhstan has already purchased ones in sum of $ 1 million).
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August 24, 2011 Website "ALE.BY" In Minsk began to sell air

Фото: @chudentsov

Air is already on sale in Minsk, still only for tourism purposes. Manufacturers are not going to stop there. "Air of Belovezhskaya Pushcha", "Air of Logoisk", and eventually even "Air of Belarus" will be coming soon on sale.

The cost is very small - only 15 thousand Rubles (~$ 3) for the jar, although it is more than the cost of one tinned stewed meat.
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August 23, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Restore wetlands

On August 10, 2011, a working meeting of representatives of the "Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources", the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and the NGO "Belarus Birds' Life" was held in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. It discussed the arrangements for implementing the Management Plan of the National Park in its part on re-naturalization of wetland ecosystems, previously affected by reclamation works.

The meeting identified the objects which are in need of restoration of the original hydrological regime. A number of drainage systems were selected to change from one category of agricultural land use to another, under the State program of reconstruction and repair of drainage systems. These, above all, are the former marshes in the local area "Wild Nikor" and drainage systems "Nails" and "Castles" adjacent to the Right Forest River.

Restoring the hydrological regime of wetlands will not only regain their lost valuable natural communities but also to normalize the groundwater level in the forest complexes of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.


August 20, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Stopped poachers

Cases of illegal fishing in the National Park became more frequent since the summer. The jaeger-operative service of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has identified 37 violations, and eight of them are related to gross violations of fishing regulations. For example, a poacher was arrested at the Narew River, near the village of Rudnia. He used prohibited fishing gear "spider". Two offenders were detained at the Pravaya Lesnaya River. They used a fishing net. An amateur of illegal fishing was caught in the strictly protected zone of the Yazvinskoe forest area, in the prohibited place. These cases have been examined by Svisloch and Kamenets district courts. The defendants got a fine of 3 millions 850 thousand Rubles (~$ 770).

In addition, offenders were arrested at the Pravaya Lesnaya River and in the buffer zone of the National Park (Black Willows locality) for illicit fishing tackle. They were made up of administrative reports and forwarded to the courts of Kamenetz and Svisloch districts.

Attempts of hunting for big game are periodically stopped. In June, a criminal case for a resident of the village of Rudnya, Svisloch district, was opened for illegal extraction of wild boar. On August 14, a smoothbore shotgun was confiscated from a residence of the Pruzhany town as he was in the hunting grounds of the National Park without proper authorization. The Pruzhany police department is also being investigated a criminal case for shooting of two wild boars near the village of Bely Lesok.

The theft of timber by a resident of the village of Klepachy, Pruzhany district, was stopped and a criminal case was opened.

Since the beginning of 2011, 125 violations of environmental laws were brought out, 5 criminal cases were opened, fines of 13 million Rubles (~$ 2,600) were imposed and actions for damages amounting to 48 million Rubles (~$ 9,600) were brought.
August 19, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Religious procession to Grabarka

On August 15, the public liturgy was held in St. George's Church of the village of Kamenyuki, during which His Grace Bishop of Brest and Kobrin John blessed the pilgrims going to Holy Mountain Grabarka. Religious procession started in the Polish village of Bialowieza. Through the border crossing located in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, pilgrims arrived in the village of Kamenyuki where they were joined by fellow believers from Brest diocese. Religious procession is intended to spiritual unity of Belarusians and Poles.

The same day, the pilgrims went to the village of Rozhkovka where the church has the icon of the Mother of God who saved the villagers from being shot during the Second World War. The next day they went through Grushka to the village of Verhovichi known by phenomenon of the Mother of God. Then the procession was going to the border crossing "Peschatka" and through it to the village of Klyukovichi located already in Poland.

Overcoming the distance of about 90 km, on 18 August, the procession arrived at Grabarka. There has been served a festive all-night vigil, set the pilgrim cross, followed by the sacrament of Confession and the Divine Liturgy.

Grabarka Mountain is located in Melnitsky Forest, the province of Bialystok (near Semyatichy) and is an ancient Orthodox shrine. There is an Orthodox convent in honor of St. Martha and Mary and a source of healing and the Church of the Transfiguration. Every year, in the day of Transfiguration of Our Lord, thousands of Orthodox faithful from different countries come here carrying crosses on their shoulders. They are set as for those who have no more on earth, and for still alive.






August 19, 2011 Website "Photobelta.by" Photo: Santa Claus all year round living at his residence in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

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The residence of Santa Claus (Father Frost) in Belovezhskaya Pushcha is attractive in all seasons. It is located in the depths of the forest, on a glade where bison come to feed in winter. The total area of the estate is 15 hectares. It includes a Santa Claus's carved tower-house, his granddaughter - Snow Maiden's house, Skarbnitsa (Santa's grotto or store house for children gifts), and many other attributes that accompany the fabulous hero. Santa Claus himself greets guests in a summer suit of flax and straw.

Photo by Vladimir Cheberkus
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August 15, 2011 Website "BelaPAN" Commencement of the cross procession from Belarus to Poland to Holy Mountain Grabarka

On August 15, the international cross procession to Poland for Holy Mountain Grabarka began from the village of Kamenyuki (Brest region).

As BelaPAN learned from the employee of the website "The Belarusian Orthodox Church" Tatiana Kuznetsova, the procession is timed to the holiday of the Transfiguration which is celebrated on August 19. Mountain Grabarka is the historical center of Orthodoxy in Poland and pilgrimages are organized there as early as in the last century. The current procession aims to spiritual unity of the Orthodox Belarusians and Poles, as Kuznetsova said. It brings together about 60 people.

The event began with a general prayer service in the village of Kamenyuki where the administration of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is located. Today the participants in the procession will go to the village of Rozhkovka. On August 16, they will be on the route Rozhkovka - Omelyanets – Verhovichi, and the 17th the one Verhovichi - Pogranichnoe - Klyukovichi. The last locality is already in Poland.

Finishing on Mountain Grabarka on August 18, pilgrims plan to hold a festive all-night vigil. Then in the program is the establishment of the pilgrimage cross, the sacrament of confession and the Divine Liturgy.

Anastasia Yanusheuski
August 14, 2011 Website "Brestskaya Gazeta", No 33 (452) Famous scientists, analysts and experts to gather in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Different aspects of the balance of freedom, democracy and security are discussed by participants of the 8th Summer Expert School which runs from 13 to 17 August in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

This year about 40 people take part in the annual educational forum. Representatives of business community in Belarus, teachers, students, well-known political scientists, economists, experts and analysts are among them.

As the "BG" learned from organizers of the educational event, this time the issues of freedom, democracy and security in Belarus and Europe are offered for participants to discuss.

During the three days experts Leonid Zaiko, Yaroslav Romanchuk and Sergei Chaly, known in Belarus and outside, presented their reports.

The Mises's Research Center as a part of the Analytical Center "Strategy" is the organizer of the 8th Summer Expert School. The 17 August is the last day of the educational forum.

Stanislav Korshunov
August 13, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" We won

The Brest Regional Committee of Natural Resources and Environment Protection held the photo contest "This is Your Land". Alexei Bunevich, senior staff scientist at the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", won second place in the nomination "Environment and Man" of the category "Amateurs". He was awarded a diploma.

Congratulations to the winner!

August 12, 2011 Website "BelTeleRadioCompany" Video: Almost a thousand hectares of the forest to be damaged in the hurricane that went through the northern part of Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Today, almost all forest enterprises of Brest and Grodno regions help to the National Park remove windbreaks.

By Svetlana Vechorko: This birches and spruces would grow and grow more. But before reaching their maturity, the meddle-aged forest got into a timber. Brigades of loggers actually all over the country help today in Belovezhskaya Pushcha eliminate the effects of the hurricane. Within the week, workers of 11 forest enterprises of Brest and Grodno regions and almost all the national parks are already working on wood-cutting areas formed by the hurrican.

Local residents witnesses that the storm was with the strong winds lasted no more than an hour. And its consequences will have to get over for several months. About a thousand hectares of forests mainly in the northern part of Pushcha turned into a real windfall.

(By Danuta Novosad, a resident of the village of Starye Dezhkovtsy of the Svisloch district)
The last strong hurricane was in Pushcha 9 years ago. Then about 200 hectares of old-aged relic forest were affected. Wounds heal for a long time. To restore the forest will need at least 100 years.

This time, the damaged area is bigger but the value of forest stands is less as the hurricane mainly affected 40-50-year-old plantation. And this fact is consolatory though weak. Now the main thing is not to deteriorate the wood, and to extract and sale the timber at the proper time. Despite the fact that today 220 people employed are good working on cutting area, the Pushcha's administration is not satisfied with the rate of harvesting.

(By Alexander Bury, director general of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha")
Local people have also nothing against participating in the community service and at the same time in making firewood themselves for winter. The timber is basically good for these purposes.

(By Alexander Bury, director general of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha")
To eliminate the hurricane's effects is planned before the winter that to begin the restoration of forests in the spring.

((You can see the video clip by downloading the file from here, in Russian)
August 11, 2011 Website "BelTA" Photo: The construction of the bypass around Belovezhskaya Pushcha


The road length of nearly 190 km is built around the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Use of the new ring road will provide new opportunities for tourists to see forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Еру Belovezhskaya Pushcha bypass crosses Kamenets and Pruzhany districtd and ends in Grodno, in the town of Svisloch. Almost half of the bypass passes through wooded terrain, and even swamps. Builders during the work had to take into account not only the possible natural disasters but also provide various kinds of structures that would minimize the disturbance of natural processes in the local fauna.

This photo shows the construction of the road.
August 11, 2011 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 151 After the storm

A team of workers of Hotislavskoe and Gvozdnitskoe forestry areas of the forest enterprise "Maloritskiy" went yesterday in a ten-day trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. They will replace their counterparts from Pozhezhinskoe and Uzhovskoe forestry areas who are working there for elimination of effects of the hurricane which struck the protected forest at the end of last month. Forest companies across the country help harvest and process felled timber, which is about 140 000 cubic meters, to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Only Pruzhany and Ivatsevichi forest enterprises of the Brest region did not participate in this as there forests were also affected by the hurricane. In removing tree obstructions, brigades reduce the cost of wood purchased by forest enterprises in the National Park.

Fedor Mukha
August 11, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Visit of German students

On August 6, 2011, a group of students in biology from various cities in Germany visited Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The visit was organized by the Baranovichi State University within the framework of international cooperation. Employees of the scientific department of the National Park organized for foreign visitors a specialized tour to the geobotanical natural complexes of Belovezhskaya Pushcha, with the visit to the ecological path "Protected Oak Grove", which is well represented by the indigenous communities of deciduous forests with oak rocky (Quercus petrea). Guests also visited the area of a World Heritage Site, where natural ecosystems are developed without human intervention for many decades, as well as met with the main tourist attractions of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. During the visit to the National Park future specialists in geobotany highlighted the good level of conservation of forests and their prehistoric look.
August 10, 2011 "Brestskiy Kurier" (The Brest Courier) newspaper Procession of Belarusians and Poles to the holy mountain Grabarka

Recently, the newspaper "BC" (see the issue 22 this year) told about the age-old tradition of the Orthodox of our region. Believers carried crosses to place them for the health and in thanks for the miraculous healing at the holy mountain Grabarka near the Polish village of Semyatichi, in frame of the patronal festival of the church, during Main Saviour.

On August 15 this year, a joint Cross procession of the Orthodox co-religionists of Belarus and Poland will start in the village of Kamenyuki, Brest region, the administrative center of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". To take part in it, pilgrims from Poland, the village of Bialowieza, will proceed in Kamenyuki through Belovezhskaya Pushcha. After the general prayer in Kamenyuki, the route of the Cross procession will run through Belarusian and Polish villages to the holy mountain Grabarka to be finished on August 19, during the Feast of the Transfiguration. Pilgrims will take part in the festive all-night vigil there, after which according to custom they will install the cross in the sacred place - a sign of spiritual unity of the Orthodox.

All having a Schengen visa are encouraged to participate in the Cross procession to the holy mountain Grabarka: information can be obtained by telephone (+375 29) 222-7-222 MTS. Имеющие шенгенскую визу приглашаются к участию в крестном ходе на святую гору Грабарку: подробную информацию можно получить по телефону (+375 29) 222-7-222 МТС.

News Service "BK"
August 09, 2011 Website "Wildlife.by" Windbreaks in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to remove by 12 forest enterprises

Nearly 140 thousand cubic meters of damaged trees were accumulated in forests of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". It is because of the hurricane that took place in late July. Forest enterprises of Grodno and Brest regions help the National Park to clear wood areas after the windstorm.

The organization of the Ministry of Forestry began works of logging operations on July 29. Nearly 100 people from 10 forest enterprises of the Brest region and 2 ones from the Grodno region work today in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to clear damaged forest sites. In addition, the mechanized harvesting complex "RindiBel" is also involved in liquidation of the disaster consequences.

In all 15 tractors, 8 harvesters and 3 forwarders from the forest enterprises are working in the windfall sites.

As of August 5, 2011, 1,896 cubic meters of timber were harvested. The planned date for completion of logging operations is the 1st October, 2011.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Forestry
August 08, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A bison calf to be born

Recently, or more precisely on July 29, one of the bison females that lives in the zoo-enclosures of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" gave birth to a baby. Rangers have seen as early as in May that the female is pregnant and will soon have offspring, so to avoid aggression from young males, parents (the female and an 8-year-old male) were placed in a separate enclosure. The fact that the wild females shortly before parturition quietly go away from the herd and live in the deep woods, far from the passable roads and places frequented by people.

Radio-tracking showed that females preparing for calving go to their "maternity hospital" for a distance of 10 km. Sometimes 2 to 3 pregnant females get together in one place. Typically, areas for the calving are constant. Usually they are ground depressions where there is water in the immediate vicinity, lush grasses and abundant undergrowth of deciduous trees. The place where the calf comes into the world is dry, somewhat elevated and devoid of any vegetation. It is often located under the canopy of thick and overhanging branches of spruce. Such the choice is no coincidence as a just born calf will be securely protected in the rain or extreme heat while the mother can feed near, getting ready at any moment to stand up for its defense against predators.

Young males which constantly vex the female just given birth in the enclosure are the most dangerous for the calf. Newborn small bison can be under their horns and hooves. The behavior of the adult males is another - they are comfortable with the females and babies.

New mother from the enclosure now behaves very carefully. It does not come close to the fence as all time being near its son which, like any kid, should frequently be fed milk. Female has not much milk but it is very fat – 8 to 9%, while its concentration in domestic cows is around 4%. The calf is mostly lying in the grass. After 2 to 3 weeks, it will become strong enough and will be fun to run in the enclosure to joy visitors.

By the way, bison bulls prevail among newborns in recent years. Altogether there are 8 bison in enclosures at the present time - three adult animals (a male and 2 females), 4 young males and the newly born small bison.

The name for the small bison is not yet found. Therefore, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" announces a contest "Who would call a small bison". Its terms can be found on our website under "Important contest". The winner will be awarded a free guided tour and a book about Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
August 05-11, 2011 "Brestskaya Gazeta" (The Brest Newspaper) newspaper, No 32 An offer to call a bison calf from Belovezhskaya Pushcha Banana, Baloo and Bantik

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha announced a contest for a bison calf nickname which was born the first this year in the zoo enclosures.

The 20-kg bull, born from a local bison female on July 29, is with its mother in a separate enclosure. It needs from 2 to 3 weeks to get stronger in fat due to bison milk (8 to 9%) and to join the bison herd of the enclosure which consist of 8 animals. Meanwhile, the National Park's employees are concerned about finding a suitable name for the newborn.

"We have announced a contest for a nickname. The obligatory requirement is it must start with the syllable "ba" as the bison born in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. We will consider all the options but we will eliminate those repeating the nicknames of previous years," senior researcher Alexei Bunevich said to "BG". Wishing to participate in the contest should send an email to konkursnpbp@mail.ru, in which names, home address and telephone number should be specified. According to our interlocutor, to this date the following proposals have been received - Balu, Bandit, Baron, Bantik, Banana, and so on.

Letters with the proposals will be accepted until August 25, and the winner will be announced on the website in early September 2011. An excursion and a book about Belovezhskaya Pushcha are expected to be granted to the author of the winning nickname.

Jeanne Sidoruk
August 05, 2011 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Hurricane consequences to cope with in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

The working staff to eliminate consequences of the hurricane which passed over the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha on July 21 is being created. The scheme and timing of works were determined at the staff meeting, and volumes of wood harvest for loggers were defined. Totally about 300 people, 36 skidders, 5 "harvesters" and 9 "forwarders" are involved in clearing blockages. 9 timber trucks take timber off the forest.

National parks "Pripyatsly", "Narochansky" and "Braslav Lakes", and State Forest and Game Ground "Krasnoselskoe" and Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve help in removal of wind-fallen trees.

Forest enterprises of the Ministry of Forestry of the country do not remain aloof from the troubles occurred. Enterprises of Brest and Grodno Regional Forest Board sent there brigades.
August 02, 2011 Website "The Krasnodar Territory's Avtoportal " Presentation of Subaru Forester was in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Presentation of a new Subaru Forester was in Belovezhskaya Pushcha! The location for presentation of a new Japanese car Subaru Forester was not chosen by chance. That's the Belarusian Belovezhskaya Pushcha Reserve. After all, this car can show itself in all its glory in open spaces of this area.

This model was first produced in 1997. It did not fit into any of the earlier existed categories. This is a sort of cross between a versatile car and off-highway vehicle. This model got quotes to and the producers of other brands imitated it. So, the totally new category called the "reference car" appeared.

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August 02, 2011 Web-Blog "Grodno s13" Hurricane struck the Belovezhskaya Pushcha destruction of the strongest in 20 years

Hurricane, swept over the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest in the third week of July, caused the destruction of the strongest in the last 20 years. Even the 2002 tornado that destroyed about 60 thousand cubic meters of wood in the Korolevo-Mostovskoe forestry on an area of 180 hectares looks like an easy weather trick, if compared with the current one.

At this time the extent of damage is much bigger - the forest looks from the height like it got under giant steamroller. Pine stands aged 40 to 60 years in the Economic Zone of the Porozovskoe and Novodvorskoe forestry areas (Grodno region) got the most losses. According to preliminary data, 1,400 hectares of the forest were damaged. The forest area of over 600 hectares was destroyed completely and 140 cubic meters of wood is to remove.

The strongest storms are not uncommon on the Pushcha'a territory. On July 2 this year, the similar strong hurricane already passed through the territory of the Porozovskoe forestry and destroyed trees on an area of 5.2 ha. The dead wood should be removed as soon as possible to avoid losing its quality, and pests.

Information source: The Evening Brest