The 136th issue was published in the series “Flora and Fauna of Reserves” of the Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences for the Conservation of Biodiversity (Preservation Section) – “Birds of the Prioksko-Terrasny Biosphere Reserve”. The authors of the issue are ornithologists: Arkhipov V.Yu., Murashev I.A., Buyvolov Yu.A., scientific editors E.A. Koblik.
This issue contains an annotated list of birds that have been found over the past 40 years within the boundaries of the Prioksko-Terrasny biosphere reserve of the UNESCO program “Man and the Biosphere”. The territory of the biosphere reserve contains the Prioksko-Terrasny state natural biosphere reserve (natural core), its conservation (buffer) zone and the zone of cooperation of the biosphere reserve. The general list of bird species includes 206 species, of which 151 species are found within the state natural reserve and 55 species are found only outside the reserve core.
This is the second edition of the annotated list of bird species across the reserve. The first edition of the list of this series was published in 1991 (issue 37) and contained a total of 134 species of birds found within the boundaries of the Prioksko-Terrasny State Natural Biosphere Reserve.
The authors used both their personal observations and all available data on the work done and the birds encountered in this area. The book presents data from the long-term work of the reserve’s ornithologist Maria Mikhailovna Zablotskaya (1946-2017) and the PARUS winter census program implemented in the reserve under the auspices of the Menzbirovsky Ornithological Society under the leadership of E.S. Preobrazhenskaya.
The list also includes mention of 9 species of birds that have disappeared from the reserve core: northern shoveler, booted eagle, greater spotted eagle, spotted crake, great snipe, European roller, white-throated dipper, ortolan and yellow-breasted bunting.
The book is intended both for specialists and nature lovers. Those who want to get acquainted with this publication can soon download it in the section of our site “Scientific Library”. Orders are accepted from nature reserves, national parks and other interested organizations for a paper copy.