What is a “dreamcatcher” and what are birds for?

During the war, it is difficult not only for adults but also for children, even if they are far from fighting. The daily information we use affects our thinking, mood, and sleep. Often the horrors of war are dreamed of, causing anxiety and unpleasant feelings. For children in the city of Berehovo (Transcarpathian region) was held a workshop with the mysterious name “Dreamcatcher” to sleep and think well.

Leonid Pokrytiuk, an experienced ornithologist and expert at the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, collected a large collection of feathers of different species of birds during his expeditions, hikes, and excursions: owls, eagles, pigeons, woodpeckers, etc. He gave all this to the children so that they could make the so-called ” Dreamcatcher “. The class turned out to be captivating, creative, and exciting. Now hunters will protect the peaceful sleep of each child who took part in the original workshop, and some participants expressed a desire to make another ” dreamcatcher ” at home. The organizers kindly provided the children with the necessary materials for this.

The event was accompanied by an ornithologist’s story about the birds that live in our region, their features, and their significance for nature. Separately, there was talk of rare birds that need close protection. The organizers encouraged young people to observe the birds, take care of them, and feed them in the winter.

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

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