Every morning we welcome a new day together with the birds. As soon as we open our eyes, we hear the cheerful chirping of birds outside the window. On July 22nd, Ruslana Dzhahman, the senior researcher of the Nature Branch of the Transcarpathian Regional Museum named after T. Legotskyj, along with experts from the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, conducted an educational quest “Birds of the native land” for children of Christian summer camp.
First, the participants were divided into 4 teams: “Eagles”, “Swans”, “Storks” and “Swallows”, and then they did tasks at different stops. They guessed who was a common martin and who was a seagull. Everyone, out of habit, called Martin a seagull in Russian. Mrs. Ruslana explained that the seagull is a completely different species in the Ukrainian language. In the task “Parents and their nestlings,” they had to arrange cards with images of adult birds and nestlings in pairs. The participants also gave answers to the questions of the quiz “In the kingdom of birds”, inserted missing names in proverbs, and guessed the birds in the “Mysterious Photo”. The task “Mysterious photo” turned out to be the easiest for children. Here they easily recognized the species of birds that they often observed on the camp’s territory.
As a result, the team “Eagles” became the best experts in birds, which scored the highest number of points, 25 out of 35. During the quest, the children had a blast and learned that swallows, black redstart, blackbirds, chaffinch, and great tit sing most often in the morning, and in this for a while, swallows and common buzzards circled above them.
The event was held as part of the cooperation of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev, Nataliya Kulya (IERS).
Informational Service of IERS