Studying birds of Bozhdosh Park

It’s already June. Children are about to start their summer vacation – a fun, carefree childhood, just to dig into the jungle to nature and enjoy the variety of colors and sounds, to shout and sing about the feelings that overwhelm the soul! But – STOP! Let’s stop and listen – can you hear the birds hiding in the tree? It’s so quiet!

 The so-called “Season of Silence” lasts from April 1st to June 15th: birds and mammals have cubs or nestlings, so you need to be quiet in nature. This time was chosen by the students of the “Young Florists” group for bird watching, which they decided to spend in Bozhdosh Park. This city park is a park of landscape art of local significance and in some parts of it is very similar to the forest.

The acquaintance with the avifauna began with an unexpected meeting with the barn owl – a “model” that earns money by taking photos. The first emotions of the youngsters were the desire to have such a pet, as in Harry Potter books and movies. However, after thinking about it, the children came to the conclusion that wild animals should live in the wild, in their usual environment, and it’s only allowed to take the animals away from nature only for treatment and maintenance. Before going on a trip through the secret paths of the park, the participants of the tour repeated the rules of behavior in nature, especially in the “season of silence”.

In nature, during this period it’s forbidden to:

–  make fires;

– touch the birds’ nests – disturbed birds can leave the nest, and crushed grass or a broken branch will make the nest visible to predators;

– pick up the flowers, because uprooted plants will not have seeds;

– catch butterflies: they not only make the surrounding more beautiful but also pollinate plants;

– destroy ants, because forest rangers are ants that do not allow pests to multiply;

– touch burrows – animals can leave cubs that will not survive in the wild on their own.

Slowly walking along the paths of the park, away from the central alleys with attractions, young birdwatchers observed the birds and the changes in nature that occur in late spring-early summer. It was difficult to see the birds in the trees, and only the most attentive nature lovers managed to “see” them through binoculars. Moreover, observing insects and mollusks, the young people formed food chains, including those living beings that came across them during observations.

The children came to the conclusion that all the elements of the chain are important, and if at least one link falls out, the whole chain is destroyed. Therefore, man should interfere less as it’s possible in nature, so as not to tip the balance. After the observations, it was time to summarize what was seen and consolidate knowledge about the birds that live in the park, with the help of didactic games and task cards. Unfortunately, not all birds were seen and carefully examined, some we only heard. However, young researchers exchanged information about known species of birds, which allowed them to get even better acquainted with the amazing world of birds. There is no doubt that our students will be true patriots of their land from an early age and won’t be indifferent to the environment!

The event was held in cooperation with the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students Youth (TRENCSY) with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies- IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.

Informational Service of IERS

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