Digest August 2022

Last Saturday, the employees of Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve visited their colleagues from Voronezh. The reason for the visit to the Voronezh State Reserve is weighty – it is the 90th anniversary of the Beaver Nursery! On this occasion, there was a celebration – “Beaver Evening”. The organizers prepared an interesting and rich program: a musical concert, a generous Zapovednik lottery, entertaining and informative activities. The bisons followed the etiquette and showed up with gifts, and not only for their colleagues! Ecological educational and creative master-classes awaited all the guests of the holiday. Everyone could learn about the nature of the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve by visiting the organized photo exhibition and a lecture “The bison is a living brand of the Reserve”. Irina Pushkova, chief ecological education specialist of the Prioksko-Terrasny State Reserve: “Dear colleagues, from all the staff of the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve I congratulate you with a major anniversary. The beaver not only gave the reason for today’s celebration, this animal unites our natural areas. In the Annals of Nature of our reserve for 1948 there is a historical record: “On June 5, 2 pairs of beavers brought from the Voronezh Reserve to the Tadenka River were released”. And in the Annals of 1950: “… it is established that black beavers that left the Reserve (at the end of June 1948) in the beginning of August 1949 settled in the Stupinsk region on the river Golovlinka (Kireevka), which flows into the Oka 30 km below Tadenka. These were the first beavers in the Moscow region since the end of the 16th century. And now their population is thriving! Happiness and beavers to all the employees and beavers”.

The employees of the Prioksko-Terrasny State Reserve took part in one of the largest cultural and educational events – the V Festival of the Russian Geographical Society in Moscow, in Zaryadye Park. The main objective of the event was to see our country in its brightest colors and from the most incredible angles. The festival program consisted of fascinating quizzes, games, screenings of documentaries and lectures, workshops about living creatures inhabiting our planet. The Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve was again in the spotlight: a creative master class on painting figurines appealed to the youngest visitors, an interactive game “Bisons and Bison” introduced participants to the inhabitants of the Central Bison Nursery, and the most inquisitive festival visitors learned to distinguish animals by their tracks.

August 24-26, 2022 on the territory of the FSBI “Nizhne-Svirsky State Reserve” held a seminar “Media for the Protected World”. It was attended by employees of protected areas from different regions of Russia. The Moscow region was the most widely represented – FSBI Prioksko-Terrasny State Reserve and FSBI National Park “Losiny Ostrov” sent their employees. The venue of the seminar was the Nizhne-Svirsky Reserve Visitor Center in the small village of Kovkenitsy, located on the bank of the full-flowing Svir River. The curriculum was very tight – the majority of the participants got to the classes right from the train. The speakers skillfully alternated theory and practice so that the time flew by without a trace, was productive and fun. The seminar covered the interaction with the media, copyrights, social networking, target audience, conflict situations and many others. Participants made a content plan and even recorded a short video report with a standup, summarizing and interviews. An experienced operator pointed out all the mistakes and gave tips for the future. On the last day there was a fascinating excursion along the ecological path to the steep bank of the Svir River. In spite of drizzling rain, the participants enjoyed the stern northern nature and the scent of pine forest. Sergey Maslov, PR Specialist for the Prioksko-Terrasny State Reserve: “We do many things intuitively in our work, so it is very interesting to see how our colleagues from other reserves do their work. Participation in the seminar is a great opportunity to become better and more professional.”