Digest January 2021

Chronicle of news for the month.

Before the New Year, the real frosts and snow came to Moscow Region: a cyclone named Greta hit, bringing heavy precipitation. The Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve met 2021 looking winterish – it was covered with soft, white snowdrifts; even the branches of trees turned white from the snow. The long-awaited New Year atmosphere appeared and the reserve felt like a fairy tale. The holiday lasted only two days (December 31 and January 1) and the doors were already open for the first guests January 2. The visitors made the whole bunch of snowmen all types and shapes until noon. It is not surprising, because that day the reserve met 995 people! The guests were worried about the bison: how do they feel? How do they sleep? Is it cold for them? The guides answered all questions with pleasure: bison get warm undercoat in winter – that is why they feel comfortable even with low temperature. Please, do not worry about wild animals; they can survive any cold and bad weather. The most important for them is to have enough feed. Safety is also crucial. Bison in reserve are fine: they have both food and safety. Snow is just a cozy blanket for the good winter sleep.

The topic of the lecture is “The State Supervision in the system of Specially Protected Natural Areas”. The event took place in order to exchange experience in the implementation of the state supervision and to improve the professional level of inspectors of specially protected natural areas. Maksim Strigunkov, Deputy Head of the Office of Legal Support of the Ministry of Ecology and Environmental Management of the Moscow Region was a lecturer. Maksim Dmitrievich works in the sphere of Environment since 2007. He is an author of methodical recommendations for inspectors. One of the main points was the consideration of the structure of state supervision in the field of protected areas of federal significance and changes related to the entry into force of the Federal Law “On Mandatory Requirements in the Russian Federation” and Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of December 31, 2020 No. 2467. The participant had dialogue with the lecturer and discussed the legal basis related to the operation of Article 8.39 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation. Because it is one of the professional skill of state inspector to draw up protocols and other documentation. Even one small mistake could be the reason to dismiss the case. “No matter how the legislation changes, the personality of the state inspector is always important. The work of a state inspector is a vocation,” said Maksim Strigunkov during the lecture. The administration of the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve expresses gratitude to the Ministry of Ecology and Environmental Management of the Moscow Region for cooperation. The information obtained during the lecture will certainly help the staff of the Institution to carry out their work at a high professional level.

The Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve announced the results of the interregional ecological competition “Canteen for Feathered Friends”. It is a part of the All-Russian promo “Feed the Birds in Winter”. This event is annual, because every year birds wintering next to us need food to survive the difficult months. The competition aroused great interest – we registered 214 works, and the geography of the participants stretched from the European part of Russia far beyond the Ural Mountains. Both individual and collective works were allowed to participate in the Competition, without age restrictions. Not only young nature lovers, but also adults decided to try their hand at engineering, carpentry and artistic skills. Schools and kindergartens registered their collective work, and there were many family projects. The rules were simple with a minimum of restrictions – first, you had to make a feeder with your own hand, and then register a photo of the craft on the reserve’s website. All participants of the event got diplomas; the winners also got souvenirs from the reserve. This year the competition was fully remote and it was a difficult task to choose the winners! Every photo were analyzed with members of the commission: they discussed the materials used and its durability. The aspect of the convenience of feeding was also taken into consideration. Reserve’s employees have huge experience in using the feeders different forms and shapes. Undoubtedly, the design technique and the quality of the work were taken into account. It’s not about winning, it’s about participating! Thank you all for the beautiful works and caring about the feathered friends. They are going to be grateful and in the spring, you will hear their happy singing outside the window.

On January 27, the specialists of the scientific department held a seminar for the employees of the reserve on the conduct of winter route tracking (WRT). Winter route tracking is the most important annual work carried out in each specially protected natural territory of Russia. The obtained data helps understand the number and distribution of animals and birds in the reserve. Many employees in the Prioksko-Terrasny Reserve have long-term experience in such events; however, the staff of the reserve is continuously changing with new specialists who need to catch up. The participants of the seminar told about the methods of the tracing, safety, rules for data registration. Because of the fact that WRT is an important event, employees of environmental education and maintenance of basic activities, breeders from the Central Bison Reserve, as well as volunteers come to the rescue. Distinctive feature of the seminar is the practical part in the reserve. Experts determined the tracks of animals, analyzed their characteristic features, found out the direction of movement and the number of passed animals. On the short route, numerous tracks of foxes, elk, sika and red deer, roe deer and squirrels were encountered. Everything that was studied at the lecture could be seen live! The number of tracks encountered shows a high density of animals on the territory of the Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve. This seminar will certainly help all participants in the upcoming winter route tracking.