April 30, 2014 Website "Virtual Brest" Video: Hunting fights between wild boars and dogs to arrange in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

A national championship is carried in the Reserve. The managers say no animal will suffer. Dog should just scare the wild beast and drive it to the hunter. Judges will evaluate not only the sensitivity and speed, but also courage, as wild boar is several times larger than the huskies.

If the dog runs away, it is immediately disqualified. The unusual competition involves 70 dogs from across the country. Hunter Oleg Verbitsky says "The dog began to work and you are getting adrenaline and desire. We do not hunt for meat but for fun."

Look at dogs and their work. Anything can happen. It happens that our dog suffer or fall under the hog. It is nothing to do in the woods without a dog. They are our assistants."

Winners will be awarded special field diplomas. It is a very prestigious award for dog owners. It means that their pets can participate in the work of the dog expert.

Details are in the video on youtube here, in Russian

Source: ONT
April 22, 2014 Website "" German invasion of Belarus, postwar Minsk and Belovezhskaya bison are on unique shots from the archives of the British Film Studios

British company "Pathe" has posted on YouTube 85,000 archival historical films in high definition. Alistair White, CEO of British Pathe, said that the company did it to anyone who has a computer was able to see these unique frames that are a treasure in the historical and cultural sense.

The captured video in 1960 shows the Bialowieza Forest with pheasants, deer and bison.

Information is placed in the short-cut form, BP-21 Website Editor's Note
April 21, 2014 Website "" Head of the Veterinary Supervision Department lost his job for past sins

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About a year, including the hottest times of struggle with African swine fever outbreak, the Department of Veterinary and Food Supervision actually remained "decapitated". Vasily Zhukov, officially being under investigation on the high-profile "case of Power", was dismissed as head of the Department only in April of this year, as reported by BelTA with reference to the press service of the government.

By Council of Ministers' Decree number 371 of 18 April, Mr. Zhukov was dismissed with the phrase "in connection with misconduct incompatible with the employment in the public service."

Problems of 58-year-old Mr. Zhukov with the law are connected with his career in energy field - before he started to lead the Department of Veterinary Supervision into 2011, he worked six years as Director of "BelEnergoSnabKomplekt."

Mr. Zhukov was accused of abuse of power (Part 3. Art.426 CC). Problems "BelEnergoSnabKomplekt" and its ex-director are associated with the criminal case, which relates to the supply of equipment for Berezovskaya regional power station. As pointed out by the Investigation Committee, the investigation established lobbying of PLC "TeploEnergoService-EK" (Ekaterinburg). In addition to Zhukov, the case also involves the former head of the Management on Material and Technical Resources and Production Infrastructure at the SPU "BelEnergo" Mr. Govzich, who was chairman of competitive commissions on manufacture bidding to purchase equipment for the needs of Berezovskaya power plant. As a separate proceeding, there was allocated a criminal case against the former First Deputy Energy Minister Eduard Tovpenets. All energy managers received the same article - abuse of power.

According to the Investigation Committee, their actions "caused substantial harm to the governmental and public interests and had serious consequences" - deadlines for the State Program of Modernization of Fixed Assets of the Belarusian Energy, Energy Efficiency and Increase the Share of its Own Energy Resources for the Period up to 2011 were disrupted. There was no providing the required increase in the level of energy independence either.

The preliminary investigation in the criminal case was completed in August last year.

Website Editor's Note:Vasily Zhukov served the State National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" as Director General from 1995 to 2000
April 18, 2014 Website "APB-BirdLife Belarus" Exchange of experience in the restoration of hydrological regime

Employees of the Forestry and Scientific departments of the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", as well as representatives of the Public Organization "APB-BirdLife Belarus" and the mass-media visited the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest for the educational goal on April 11, 2014.

The visit took place at the invitation of the Bialowieza National Park and the Polish Society for Protection of Birds (RTOR). Its purpose was to get acquainted with the experience of the implementation of remediation of the hydrological regime of forest ecosystems in the forests of the Polish part of the Bialowieza Forest, as well as with works on re-naturalization of the Narevka trans-boundary river bed.

Refurbished meander on Narewka River. Photo by D.Bernatskiy

The problem of restoring the hydrological regime is among the most pressing for both Belarusian and Polish sides. In the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", hydrology problems were put at the forefront in the development of the management plan of the National Park. In the middle of the last century, when this territory was a State Protected Game Hunting Ground, tens of kilometers of forest reclamation channels were built and thousands of hectares of wetlands in and around the periphery of the forest were drained in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This resulted in reducing groundwater levels and weakening of forest ecosystems.

Works on the Polish side to delay runoff and restore the hydrological regime in forest ecosystems - the program "Low Retention" – is performed for over 10 years. In 2013, works have been began on re-naturalization (restoration)of the Narewka River straightened channel.

Participant of the educational visit. Photo by D.Bernatskiy

First works on the restoration of hydrological regime on small streams on the Belarusian side of the Bialowieza Forest will be performed this year alone - a joint project "Small Streams - a Big Impact" implemented by the NGO "APB-BirdLife Belarus" and the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha". As to the possibility of re-naturalization of the Narewka riverbed, it is only at the stage of preliminary discussion. Therefore, the Polish experience is just to the point for the planning of these works.

The educational visit was held with the support of "Coca-Cola" and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

By Victor Fenchuk, coordinator of programs on Belovezhskaya Pushcha
April 18, 2014 Website "Second National TV Channel (ONT)" Video: Lukashenko "Attention to the preservation of cultural heritage promotes statehood"

That is what the President of Belarus said at a meeting with the UNESCO Director General. Since 2009, the organization is headed by Irina Bokova. He represents Bulgaria, a country with which Belarus has close and friendly relations.

Traditional goals of UNESCO - the promotion of peace and security through science, education and culture – are especially relevant today, according to Alexander Lukashenko. Our country has become a member in 1954. The 60-year anniversary is one of the reasons for coming to Belarus by Irina Bokova.

Irina Bokova visited the Belarusian State University, where she gave a lecture and noted the great interest of students to the subject of UNESCO. Belarus is actively cooperating with this organization. Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Mir Castle, Nesvizh Palace and Castle Complex - all are Belarusian pearls from the List of World Heritage Site.

Details are in the video on youtube here, in Russian
April 18, 2014 "BDG Delovaya Gazeta" (BDG Business Newspaper) newspaper President Lukashenko met with UNESCO Director General

On Friday, April 18, in Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko met with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. President of Belarus told why the country pays much attention to the preservation of cultural heritage.

"For us it is very important to find in our past the things that binds us to the present. We would not want to forget where we come from, so we pay great attention to these objects. Moreover, they contribute to the strengthening of our statehood and once again prove that Belarus is an ancient land. There were different states here and there was different destiny of them. But today there is Belarus – an independent state, which dating back by roots", as BelTA Information Agency quoted Lukashenko. Alexander Lukashenko also said that 5% of GDP of the country is spent on education and culture.

UNESCO Director General on Friday will also visit a solemn meeting of the National Commission for UNESCO, devoted to the 60th anniversary of membership of the Republic of Belarus in this organization. It will be held at the National Library, chaired by Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makey. MFA press office reports that the meeting will summarize the cooperation of Belarus with UNESCO in all areas of the organization and discuss prospects for cooperation.

BelaPAN reminds that today the List of World Cultural and Natural Heritage includes four Belarusian objects - National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" (as the natural trans-boundary site, together with the Republic of Poland), the Castle Complex "Mir" (Mir town, Korelichi district, Grodno region), Architectural and Cultural Complex of the former residence of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh (Minsk region) and Struve Arc (trans-boundary site, 19 topographic points which are situated on the territory of Belarus).
April 18, 2014 Website "Portal of "Orel Truth"" Grant for bison

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally handed over a certificate of grant to the National Park "Orel Polessye".

Photo by Ilya Melnikov
Competition for the grant was announced by the Russian Geographical Society. Vladimir Putin is a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of this Society. The National Park "Orel Polessye" was among the winners. On April 15, at the Main Library of the MSU, head of state handed over the certificate of grant to the Park's Director Oleg Prigoryan. Grant amounts almost 500 thousand Rubles.

The National Park "Orel Polessye" came to the Competition with the Project "Study and Conservation of European Bison in Central Russia. Observing Bison in the Wild." Since 1996, the Park's staff is working on the creation of a free-living large bison population. At present, the population in number ranks second in the world after the Bialowieza Forest. Today the Orel Polessye and adjacent territories are home to over 300 animals. This year there started re-settlement of bison in the National Park "Ugra", Kaluga region.

Within the project, an opportunity to demonstrate bison in their natural habitat will be created for residents of the region and visitors. It is planned to organize Photo Tour "To Meet with Bison" which will become a valuable contribution to the development of ecological tourism.

The idea of professionals from the National Park is an extension of the audience on the Internet. For this purpose, videos about the life of bison will be posted. In addition, the collected photographs will be a basis for mobile Photo Exhibition "Bison. Returning from Oblivion." The Photo Exhibition will be in the city of Orel and in all areas of the region.

Photo by Ilya Melnikov
Source by Ekaterina Kozlova
April 15, 2014 "Brestskiy Kurier" (The Brest Courier) newspaper Houses for owls appeared in Belovezhskaya Pushcha

This time the Agro-farm "Zalesye", Brest Regional Branch of the Public Organization "APB-Birdlife Belarus" and employees of the National Park are organizers of the Field Camp "Night Dwellers of Forests". From the first day a list of birds seen and heard was filled in. For 4 days it was filled with 78 species, 4 of which were owls.

The program of the Field Camp was very eventful. Some went on a swamp walking tour to stay overnight; others joined an evening tour around the village. Every evening, the participants got success to see and hear something new - tengmalm’s owl, great gray owl, cranes, etc. They met not only birds in the forest but also animals. Besides, stragglers from the main group overcame a plot of an open marsh of width of 300 meters over an hour, so they got much impressions and water in boots.

Boards taken from the National park were also used. Volunteers built houses for owls, which will be put in places where this wise bird inhabits. During the Field Camp, participants also hanged a platform for great grey owl and a house for pygmy owl.
April 13, 2014 Website "Belarusian Partisan" Sale... bison. Of parts

In 2011, a resident of the village of Ozery made for 3 months a bison in full size from parts of Soviet cars.

Then the bison sculpture went to Italy. A local who collects arts devoted bison bought it for several thousand dollars.

Roman from the village of Ozery immediately began to work on the second animal. The young man has been working on the second sculpture for several years, constantly searching for suitable car parts.

The new bison is bigger than the first one - wider at the shoulders, a little higher and about half a ton by weight. Roman finished his work to the time of the World Hockey Championships. But no hockey team "Dinamo Minsk", nor Automobile Plant "MAZ", nor National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha", nor Directorate of 2014 World Cup, all of which exploit the image of this animal, still had no interest in bison from metal.

As Roman told to Grodno blog that he plans to earn for this bison no less than for the first sample. However, no one yet comes to him "just to look."

PS. For more details, read and see the photos on "Grodno blog".
April 10, 2014 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" A secret life of bearded owls to watch in Zalesye village

It become a good tradition to gather in the early spring for the Field Camp "Night Dwellers of Forests". Agro-farm "Zalesye", Brest Regional Branch of the Public Organization "APD-Birdlife Belarus" and the National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha" were the organizers of the event this time.

From the very first day it was decided to maintain a list of birds seen and heard. For 4 days it was filled with 78 species, 4 of which were owls.

An arachnoid network stood in the bushes that brought "the prey" in the form of migratory and native birds, which were immediately ringed and set free. It is particularly pleased with a blackbird and chaffinch, which have been rung in Zalesye respectively in April and August of the last year and snared for the second time already with rings.

Not only the blackbird and chaffinch came back to their homes. On the second day of the field observations, a white stork came back to an artificial platform in the courtyard, which was immediately met with volleys of clicking cameras.

The program of the Field Camp promised to be saturated with the first day. The choice immediately appeared - a swamp overnight or evening tour around the village. Someone chose the first and came back a day later, talking about the night on an island under the Eurasian cranes' cries , long transitions through the swamp, a marten, three-toed and short-tailed woodpeckers seen and found in the new territory, as well as about how to listen to gray owl in the silence of night.

Those, who did not choose to go to the marsh, were also able at dusk to hear a gray owl. Evening tours were organized every evening, and every time there was something new - boreal owl, echoing each other males of great grey owl and a female answering to them.

In day they again divided into groups - some who had long boots goes to check platforms for great grey owl on the island of the fen, and who had short boots do the same work, but only in the forest. As a result of hikes, due to indirect evidences (excrement stains, bird casting), it became clear what platforms are interested by owls and what ones are not. Besides, many of the participants brought a bunch of impressions from marshes, and at the same time boots full of water. Two groups were fortunate to meet an elk, and at other times to see quite close the cranes. And of course, one must not forget the long way of stragglers to get land as they were trying over an hour to overcome the open marsh of the width of 300 meters.

Boards taken in the National park were used to make houses for owls. Almost everyone wished to try himself to work with a hammer or screwdriver.

All manufactured houses will be set in places appropriate for owls. During the Filed Camp, there was time only to hang a platform for great grey owl and a house for sparrow owl.

It has long been known that a little owl lives on the farm in the neighboring village. This time it was decided to check this place out and make sure that the owls are OK. A group has been specially outfitted and it confirmed the presence of a couple inhabiting the slabs in a transformer station.

While traveling to the farm, the environmentalists saw bison visiting a collective farm field to eat winter crops. Evening and morning twilights were a good time to see great grey owl, a couple of which, incidentally, was at an artificial platform. One of the trips got success to shoot a unique moment of the love courtship between partners.

The Field Camp was rich in events that will be hard to forget. This is why to show some presentations about owls and methods of their protection was able to do only the last day. Nevertheless, the organizers hope that those, who came to Zalesye, were satisfied with the spent time. On the closing day, the village was visited by another owl, this time the fruit one.

April 08, 2014 Website "The City of Brest" A number of important projects are implemented in Belovezhskaya Pushcha to date

All the forces responsible for the implementation of projects are now raised in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. These projects contribute to the restoration of hydrological regime of the damaged areas. The highest priority drainage swamps and artificial watercourses have been identified within these studies. It is necessary to restore the hydrological regime there.

Such studies have been initiated by the Scientific Department of the National Park and academic institutions.

The network of hydrological monitoring of the damaged areas was organized to support this program. It was organized by the National Park and APB. This program has its own distinctive features – that's practical orientation. There was used the most modern automatic equipment (devices). Special sensors that are installed in a certain desired mode collect certain information about the fluctuations of groundwater. In the future, such work will allow making the necessary assessment of the effectiveness of restoration of the hydrological regime.
April 02, 2014 "Sovetskaya Belorussia"(The Soviet Belorussia) newspaper Nature will win

There was a time in Belovezhskaya Pushcha when swamps were drained and riverbeds were straightened. Now the process is reversed. The National Park and the Public Organization "APB-BirdLife Belarus" started a joint project on restoration of wetlands, which was named "Small Streams - a Big Impact."

Long-term observations of the state of groundwater in the National Park today alarm environmentalists because the water level in some places dropped by half a meter. Hence, bark beetles and other forest problems appeared in Pushcha. They can be solved by restoring the hydrological regime that existed in the protected forest before the human intervention.

This spring there were set about a dozen of additional automatic sensors in Pushcha to collect information about the fluctuations in the level of groundwater.

Project coordinator Victor Fenchuk said that by year-end the restoration work will be completed in part.

"Eight channels on artificially created objects of "Boruschichi", "Solomianka" and "Plyanta" will be close completely.

In the coming days, rangers of the National Park go to their Polish colleagues - learn their experience. There's very successful return of the Pushcha's Narewka River to its natural riverbed. The future of the Narewka River on our territory is only discussed for the present.

By Valentina Kozlovich. Photo by Artur Prupas
April 01, 2014 Website "The National Park "Belovezhskaya Pushcha"" funny weekend at the Father Frost's Manor

There were unusual in the Manor of Belarusian Father Frost last weekend. On Saturday, a counterpart of the Belarusian wizard - Baba Yaga - flew from the village of Kukoboy, Yaroslavl region, Russia. Birthday of her older sister Baba Kargota, settled in the Manor of Santa Claus in December of 2013, was the reason for the visit to the grandmother. On the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Baba Kargotf, the birthday woman and Baba Yaga gave Merry Kargotnya for all guests of the Manor.

On the day of Sunday, March 30, a great holiday - Ladodenie – to invite spring – was celebrated at the Manor. A hero of the Belarusian tales Pilipko met guests in a small boat on a magic lake.