Owls are mysterious birds. The sharp look of the big eyes, the piercing cry, and a certain wariness are things that fascinate and, at the same time, scare people a little. Due to certain perceptions and even superstitions (most of which have a negative side) associated with owls, people fear and do not protect these wonderful creatures, and also, due to lack of knowledge, chase them away and harm them, not understanding the importance of these representatives of the animal world
By observing them and studying their way of life and characteristics, you can find out a lot of new things for yourself, discover a new world for yourself, and maybe even understand that certain perceptions are wrong and even harmful, not only for animals but, after all, even themselves. It is probably better to start understanding this as soon as possible, which is evidence of eco-education for all age groups, especially for children.
On October 20, 2022, the students of the “Opre Roma” Gymnasium in Berehovo observed owls and learned a lot of interesting things about them from the expert of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, a specialist in ornithology, Leonid Pokrytyuk. In particular, they learned:
– which owls can be found in Zakarpattia, and especially in Berehovo;
– what signs can be used to find an owl’s place of residence/habitation without seeing it directly beforehand;
– peculiarities of their diet and lifestyle and many other interesting things.
Observation of owls is conducted in comfortable conditions for owls, trying to disturb them to the minimum extent possible, so as not to scare these wonderful birds.
The event was held within the framework of cooperation between the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies –IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), and project coordinators are Ivan Tymofeiev, Nataliya Kulya (IERS
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