Vigilant protection for barn owls

The Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies (IERS) and the Berehovo Public Center “Everyone Can Help” held an interesting environmental and educational event for young people, which aimed to draw attention to the protection of rare barn owls. The event was coordinated by an experienced ornithologist, and expert of IERS, Leonid Pokrytyuk. He has been researching the avifauna of Transcarpathia for many years, in particular the barn owl, so he professionally shared interesting and useful information about owls with the participants.

“13 species of owls have nesting season in Ukraine. One of the rarest is the barn owl. The Ukrainian population comprises 30 pairs, most of which are in the Zakarpattia region, mainly in the Berehovo district. This owl is the size of a pigeon. The color is dominated by yellow and grayish colors. The front part (face) in the form of a heart, distinguishes it from other species of owls. The barn owl family catches thousands of rodents each year, storing grain. This owl also plays a vital sanitary role, catching first of all sick and weakened rodents, which are carriers of diseases dangerous to humans,” says Leonid Pokrytyuk.

The organizers of the event invited the participants to paint eco-bags with the image of barn owls. For this purpose, stencils and paints are prepared in advance. The lesson turned out to be surprisingly captivating, thrilling, and in-depth. “We wanted to bring the information to the general public by choosing a drawing of a barn owl for eco-bags that we have a responsibility to preserve this owl. Its numbers are steadily decreasing and have now reached critical levels in Ukraine, which are threatened with extinction,” said the ornithologist. The Institute for Environmental and Religious Studies is working hard to preserve this rare owl. We studied the sacred buildings of Transcarpathia implementing the BAT4MAN project. We protect the places where barn owls were found, make artificial nests for owls, and negotiate and work with communities to protect and preserve these rare birds.

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.

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