NEWS ARCHIVE: AUGUST 2012

August 31, 2012 "Sovetskaya Belorussia" (The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper Ants will go the other way

Wooden bridges of the height of about 30 centimeters recently appeared on an island in Lepel Lake. They have been established specifically to ant trails, which are here in abundance that to separate them from the tourist ones to avoid the death of insects from the legs of people.

It is suggested that tourists will walk on bridges and ants will do it underneath. Such transitions will be very welcome in the spring when insects start their migration. Ants still are afraid of the original tunnels increasingly leading the way around. Tourists are not used them either.

By the way, special passages for wild boars, deer and elks have been planned a little earlier in the construction of a new road to bypass Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Tunnels have been covered with special noise insulation materials that ungulates had a chance do not fear the noise of cars and to go from one side of the road to the other.

BY THE WAY. Tunnels for frogs have been built about 6 years ago in the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve on the 122-kilometer highway Minsk-Vitebsk. Only five or six amphibians perish on this road section during the spring migration now for the week, whereas 1,500 frogs died before. Transitions from pipes under the busy road specifically for amphibians have been made in Belovezhskaya Pushcha near the village of Kamenyuki.

By Inna KABYSHEVA
August 31, 2012 Website "BelTA" A bison attacked a mushroom picker in the Svisloch district

A bison attacked a mushroom picker in the Svisloch district, as BelTA learned from the Svisloch District Department of Emergency.

The incident occurred in a wooded area near the village of Porozovo. A local, a regional officer for the Department of Emergency, went mushroom-picking in day off work. According to him, there were a lot of people in the forest on that day. Being deeper into the forest, he saw a bison on a trail of 4 m away. The locals know that these animals walk freely in the forest, but usually they stay a little farther, form herds and are afraid of people. When the mushroom picker tried to back out, the bison approached, grabbed the man's jacket on the horn and began to shake. The jacket broken and the victim fell. Then the bison by means of hooves repeatedly struck in the chest area. The mushroom picker defended using basket. Soon, being apparently reacted to a loud cry of the victim, the bison turned and rode away.

A man with various injuries and bruises came home. The qualified medical assistance was not required. He reported about the incident to the forestry office. The Porozovskoe forest area is part of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". A bison nursery is also situated within its territory.

By Elena Stasyukevich
August 30, 2012 "Respublika" (The Republic) newspaper, No 253 To be afraid of bison means no walk in the forest

Alexander Novosad, our freelance writer and an employee of the Svisloch District Department of Emergency, called to the newspaper office. Hus voice can be heard as he feels difficult to say. "I barely stayed alive", he said.

In the day off, he went for mushrooms into the forest near his native village Porozovo early in the morning. He met a bison on a trail. The giant caught the man on horns, picked up and thrown to the ground. The attack was not finished in this. The beast turned and began to pursue his prey by hooves.

"I covered my head with a jacket and thought about how to stay alive", the victim says. "But the bison was aiming very strongly at me. I used a basket to protect. It saved me. I received various injuries and bruises."

In Svisloch district, bison freely go not only on the territory of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". They visit the woods and fields out the Park. The question is what to do to people? Is it to fear bison and not to go in the woods? After all, the locals are constantly gathering mushrooms and berries. But what is to do now?

Vladimir Abramovich
August 21, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Young specialists for tourism

Since late summer, young interns start their professional career to be staffed in many Belarusian organizations. New graduates of universities and colleges also came to the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". Since tourism is a priority of the establishment, the administration of the National Park focuses on training the related personnel. 6 people after the study in Minsky, Polessky and Vitebsky state universities and the Volkovysk college began their work in the Museum of Nature and in the Torism Department of the National Park this year. A few people are trained at university correspondence courses. Now young specialists are actively involved in the work and are ready to apply their knowledge in practice.
August 21, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Elite seedlings

It is known that Belovezhskaya Pushcha is famous for its old-aged forest, including many giant trees. This is a valuable gene pool, which must be preserved for future generations. Therefore, in the National Park is being paid attention in the forest nursery to the planting stock from seeds collected from the plus and elite trees. Currently, there are seedlings of English Oak and Durmast (Sessile) Oak in the nursery. Planting material will be used for the creation of tree plantations in the National Park, as well as for sale to consumers.
August 20, 2012 Website "Wild Nature" Belovezhskaya Pushcha and swamps are struggled for first place in the magnificent seven green wonders of Belarus. Account is equal

An opinion poll on the topic "What do you think, what "green miracles" of Belarus deserve to enter the list of top-7?" got the very interest among the website's visitors.

The most of votes were cast for Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Belarusian swamps. The scales are varied every day in the direction of one attraction, then in favor of the other. Today we decided to take stock of the survey and found that the number of voters for these "miracles" are equal, so Belovezhskaya Pushcha and swamp scored 29% and came out on top.

Braslav Lakes took the second place anchored with 15% of votes.

The third place was shared between Nalibokskaya Pushcha and ... mosquitoes, scored 7% for each. Agree that the "miracles" are very unequal to their distinctive features. Strictly speaking, it is impossible to imagine any native Pushcha or forest without "Belarusian acupuncture" (foreigners call these bloodsuckers so jokingly), well, except in the winter.

The fourth place (2%) took a group of local "miracles" - bison, Pripyat Polesie, Naroch Lake, flower-lady's slipper and the unsolved "other".

The fifth place with 1% of the vote is for all other answers like Aquatic Warbler, White Stork, otters, Roller, Sundew.

By Nadezhda Suslova
August 17, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha""" A rare find

Reports on the findings of southern species of animals, especially insects, are increasingly being appeared in Belarus.
The species like this - Mantis ordinary - was recently detected on the southern edge of Belovezhskaya Pushcha (near the Kamenyuki village). It's quite an exotic insect for Belarus. It was previously thought that mantises do not live within its territory. But findings like these have become quite regular in the last 10 or 20 years, especially in the south of the country. In general, mantis can be met in the country even near the capital of Minsk. Some scientists link its expansion with a warmer climate. It is because praying mantises are mainly dwellers in the tropics or subtropics. The found in Pushcha insect belongs to the most widespread species, which is found from South Africa to Central Asia, Kazakhstan, the Caucasus, southern Europe, southern Siberia and the Russian Far East. He was from the ship even in Australia and the U.S., and now it is found even in large cities (for example, New York). The northern boundary of its natural habitat is quite vague and depends on weather conditions - the species is found in the more northern areas in warm years.

Adult mantis lives 55 to 60 days. Males usually die earlier than females - they become lethargic after the breeding season and stop hunting. The body is covered with dark brown spots and the bright green color fades. The discovered insect, according to the brownish color on wing tip, is already quite old.

There are about 2,000 different species of praying mantises in the world. Large tropical species can attack even small lizards, birds and frogs. But usually mantises eat insects. They prey on them, as a rule, in an ambush, posing as surrounding plants. Waiting for the victim, they are being immovable for rather long time. They capture prey by grasping front legs and hold it between the spiked femur and tibia. The posture of waiting for hunting resembles clasped hands of man. This prompted Linnaeus to give the name of Mantis religiosa for this species ("mantis" is translated from the Greek as "prophet, soothsayer, priest," and "religiosa" means "religious").
August 17, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Marsh Harriers found a new home


Employees of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" found the dead bird of prey on the bank of one of the lakes during the forest round. Ornithologists identified it as a female of Marsh Harrier. Most likely, it was tore by a predator when it was hunting mice. Experts suggested that a nest of this birds should be near because people often saw the bird circling above the coastal thickets.

The nest was soon found in the reeds. It was constructed from the stalks of cane and it was a kind of "hung" over the water on stems. The bird broke off tops sticking up shoots in the densest thickets, keeping them away from the plant, and stacked them in a certain order. Two half-dead from hunger chicks were in the nest. They could not survive on their own. Therefore, employees of the Park took them for nutrition. Currently, small harriers are in the excursion aviaries of the National Park where they are "put on rations." Chicks, due to the good care, grow quickly and soon "will be on the wing."
August 11, 2012 "Sovetskaya Belorussia" (The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper More than 70 nature paths are accessible to tourists

More than 70 nature trails are available in Belarus. They are in a List of Ecological Paths and Routes approved by the government, as BelTA learned from Lubov Maximova, head of planning and organization of tourist activity at the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism.

The length of the nature trails ranging from 1 to 175 km. Some routes are for walking, the others are for bike or car. Boating the Belarusian rivers are also available to tourists.

Combined routes are gaining popularity. So, about 9 hours will be taken to conquest the ecological and historical route "Ubortskoe Polesie's Secrets". The route is divided into segments that are offer to walk, drive a car and to boat. The tour starts from the Miloshevichi forestry and passes through villages of Borovoye, Dzerzhinsk and Pribolovichi. You can see the ancient settlement, burial mounds and stone crosses, hear the legends and learn about local customs.

Ecological route "Nature and History of Gomel Region" begins in Gomel Forestry and introduces with the rare age pine stands. You can visit holy springs, learn their legends, visit Grabowski park and see the ancient town. Route length reaches 175 km. It is to be overcome by car and on foot.

There is water route "Water Excursion on the Ptich River". During the tour, you can see black storks, cormorants, gray mallards and white heron. In the locality Nabrusnoe, tourists will stop and lunch in a picturesque site. Tour duration is approximately 3 hours, but you can extend the trip to 6 hours.

Environmental route "Cherikov" is considered one of the longest routes. Tour lasts three days: first tourists visit a historical museum and watch the wildlife in the forest feeding sites of Jezierski forestry. On the second day, trippers visit natural attractions in Lopatichskoe forestry and a museum-chapel. You can devote the last day to an ancient town, an arboretum and a spring.

You can walk barefoot the shortest ecological track "Discovery Trail" in the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. Tour introduces with the inhabitants of meadows and water system. Tour organizers promise to the townspeople to show "how an ant lives and who sings in "Forest Opera". The passing through the Reserve route "To a Stone Slab" leads to the boulder, formed after the retreat of the Valdai glacier.

Two similar walking tours - "To the King-Oak" and "To the King Pine" are available in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. Tourists are offered to see the natural terraces of the river Stviga, old-age oak forests and fens. During the tour you can see wild boar and bison and, if desired, to join hands around an oldest oak tree in Pripyat Polesie and a majestic pine tree.

You can see bison in the National Park "Pripyatsky". Hiking trails "Bison Nursery" includes visits to downs-ridged terrain, ancient river terraces of Pripyat and Stviga, as well as familiarity with the Belarusian symbol - bison. The route length is only 4 km.

"Ecological trails and routes make possible to learn the rich natural potential of Belarus, rare plants and animals", Lubov Maximova noted. "In addition, they do a variety of sightseeing routes in Belarus."

BELTA
August 08, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Certificates to receive

On July 6, 2012, the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" has received certificates of compliance with the "PEFC Forest Management" and "Identification of Forest Products on the Origin "(registered in the Register of the National System of Conformity in the Republic of Belarus No VY/112 08.01.075.0080 and No VY/112 08.02.075.0625).

These certificates certify that the forest management system of the nature protection establishment meets STB 1708-2006 "Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Use. General Provisions ", and products made by the State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" are certified on the basis of origin, in accordance with the STB P 2157-2011 "Identification of Forest Products on to their Origin. Basic requirements". Validity of these certificates is up to 6 July 2015.

For more details on the policy and purpose of forest certification in the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" is available here, in Russian
August 08, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Complete harvesting of grain

The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" completed harvesting crops on July 31. It made in a very short time, thanks to a good dry weather. Totally 957 hectares of spring and winter crops have been harvested. At present, the National Park started sowing of winter rapeseed and rye for biotechnological purposes (it means to create fields to feed wild animals in the autumn-winter-spring). Forage fields are located in the Buffer Zone, primarily along the perimeter of the National Park. That will reduce the migration of animals outside the protected area. Over one thousand hectares of winter crops will be sown for these purposes.
August 07, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council

On August 27, 2012, a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was held. It was attended by representatives of the National Academy of Sciences, Ltd. "BelGosLes", UE "BelGosOhota" and UE "KosmoAeroGeologiya".

The meeting discussed the results of research work carried out in 2011 by the staff of the National Park and outside organizations. The report on the analysis of the population status of bison, the priority species for the Bialowieza Forest, and biotechnological activities aimed at improving the keeping of these animals was of a special interest among the issues.

They also discussed the prospects for recovery of the brown bear population in the Bialowieza Forest. A report on this subject was made by M.Nikiforov, Doctor of Biology, Director General of the Scientific and Practical Center for Biological Resources and member of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The pilot project will assess the current natural food supply and the possible return of bear in the Bialowieza Forest.

Among the issues of the strictly applied orientation, information about changing the Forest Management Project and amendments to the Hunting Management Project to synchronize them with Presidential Decree No 59 of the 9 February 2012, and about changes in the functional zoning scheme of the National Park was given. A report on the implementation of the "State Program for Reconstruction and Repair of Drainage Systems and Maintenance of the Hydrological Regime on the lands of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" and in its Buffer Zone" was discussed.
August 02, 2012 "Sovetskaya Belorussia" (The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper Will sturgeon live in this water?

70 schoolchildren from Belarus and Russia - 35 persons from each country - attended the rally held in Karelia in the Nature Reserve "Kivach". The gathering has been financed from the budget of the Union State. Three million Russian rubles has been spent for this purpose. Union State Secretary Grigory Rapota sent greetings to participants of the Schoolchildren Environmental Forum.

The first gathering like it has been in Belarus, in the National Park "Narochanskiy" in 2006 and since then it has been traditionally held every two years in the framework of implementation of programs of the Union State, alternately in Russia and Belarus. In 2008, it took place in the National Park "Kurskaya Spit" in the Kaliningrad region. The third has been in the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, Belarus. The next rally will be held in 2014 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Five areas - botany, zoology, soil science, hydrobiology and ornithology have been covered during the rally. 30 winners of the rally (15 people from each country) have been awarded diplomas and prizes of the Permanent Committee of the Union State. The participants at the final conference talked about what is the most important to them.

(The news is placed in the short-cut form, the BP-21 Century editor's note,
The full text can be read on the original website, in Russian)
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August 02, 2012 Website "The State Nature Protection Establishment "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" Guests from the "Land of the Rising Sun"

On July 25, 2012, the National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha" was visited by Japanese TV TBS. As part of the filming the TV tourism program of the cycle "World Heritage by Bus", journalists acquainted themselves with sights of the primeval forest and visited the "Belarusian Father Frost Estate". They liked Belarusian pancakes with berry jam, which they have tested in the Estate.

The evening and morning trips into nature were additionally organized for guests from Japan, where the most interesting footage with animals including bison were shot.

Information about Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be a part of a separate program about attractions in Belarus that will allow residents of the "Land of the Rising Sun" to learn more about our country, its nature and people.