Despite the events in Ukraine that have finally changed our lives, everything is going according to plan in nature. Birds in the park of Uzhhorod Castle also deal with their bird worries: common swift is flying high in the sky, a female blackbird is preparing for nesting, a male blackbird is giving signals that the territory is occupied, black starlings and black redtails are already feeding young nestlings that are about to fly out. On May 27th, students of the 5th grade of Uzhhorod Secondary School #8 together with their teacher Gavrosh N. studied and observed the birds of the castle park.
They were joined by children of IDPs. First, researchers from the nature department told the children about the birds that live on the castle hill, and then the training was transformed into a quest. The students learned that a blackbird with a yellow beak that sings very well is a blackbird, and a slightly smaller bird is black retail.
Goldfinches, kinglets, greenfinches, and long-tailed tits sometimes come here. The permanent inhabitants are great tits, wood nuthatch, and hooded crow. It’s time when the nestlings fly out of the nest and can often be seen in the city. The researchers reminded them that they should not be taken from their parents, but should be helped only when they are really in danger.
At the end of the event, the children received a sweet surprise and shared their impressions. They craved the task with real nests the most, but the hardest one was to guess to match parents and their nestlings together. Students had to choose photos with the image of a nestling and an adult bird of the same species, as well as guess who is the mother and who is the father.
The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS