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Khakassky Reserve receives letter of appreciation from Russian Geographical Society

21.01.2016

Letter of appreciation

The Khakassky Reserve’s team received a letter of appreciation for helping to organize the II Festival of the Russian Geographical Society (RGO).

The festival devoted to the 170th anniversary of the RGO took place in November, 2015, in Moscow. It gathered representatives of the Khakassky Reserve, Khakass branch of the RGO, and State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Khakassia.

At the festival, the Khakassky Reserve presented the “Lake Pozarym, the heart of Sayan Mountains», “Following the ancient civilizations”, and “Tour to the heart of Khakassia” excursion routes that were listed in the top-20 finalists.

The reserve always participates in campaigns held by the Khakass branch of the RGO, which usually become the most memorable and noticeable events at the regional level. Notable among these campaigns are the Yenisey Day, Geographical Dictation, Festival of the RGO, Media Forum “Razum. XXI Vek” (Intelligence. XXI Century), and “My Snow Leopard” International Wildlife Media Festival. Besides, scientific expeditions supported by the RGO play an important role in studying and protecting rare and endangered species on a territory of Pozarym Federal Wildlife Refuge.

Save the Birds’ World campaign continues

19.01.2016

Treat for birds

The Khakassky Reserve continues the Save the Birds’ World campaign. Participants of the campaign help the birds by feeding them during the cold season. The campaign will last until April 1st, 2016.

Recently, we have summed up the results of the Brave Bird, Not Afraid of Frost poster contest held within the campaign. The contestants were offered to make a poster about the birds that spend winter in the Khakassky Reserve.

Bird feeder made from pumpkin

There are more than 70 wintering bird species in Khakassia, including bullfinch, waxwing, great tit, woodpecker, and a snowy owl that comes here only in winter. They inhabit both steppe and mountain taiga areas of the republic. Most birds that normally live in the wild, come to towns and villages in winter searching for food. That is why it is so important to help these birds during harsh Siberian winter. Thus, we help to preserve the species populations and diversity.

Fifth-year students from Abakan School #10 proved that it is not necessary to make fancy bird feeders to help the birds. They made bird feeders from pumpkins and marrows and showed how to make supplementary feeding for great tits from rendered lard with seeds. It is worth noting that children know a lot about the birds and their feeding. Then the students placed the bird feeders in the Nature Live Chronicle route and now it is our turn to watch and make records about the birds coming here.

Participants of the Save the Birds

Another part of the Save the Birds’ World campaign—Birds on Feeders contest—has started this month and will last until March 21st. The participants make bird feeders, fill them regularly and monitor the visiting birds. At the end, they make up a photoreport and send it to us. More details on the contest you can find at the Khakassky Reserve’s web site. In the Save the Birds’ World community on VK you can share you photographs of bird feeders and visiting birds, and participate in other contests.

More in the news: In Abakan trees are decorated with pumpkins

Khakassky Reserve discussed plans for 2016

15.01.2016

Participants of the technical council

The Khakassky Reserve finished the first working week of the year with a technical council on plans for 2016.

Protection of the reserve’s areas, educational tourism development, providing scientific research, and preservation of nature complexes remain top-priority goals for the Security Department. Traditionally, the department will organize summer training seminars for state inspectors from Altai-Sayan ecoregion at the Lake Itkul visitor center.

The guests invited to the council offered the Security Department to hold a series of educational events for the local population that will be covered in mass media.

The Research Department is planning to start the following studies: monitoring the steppe areas suffered from fires; studying the influence of climate change on steppe ecosystems; and researching the state of vegetation and soil organisms in the reserve’s buffer zone that shows the total welfare of ecosystems.

In 2016, the research expeditions will take more than 235 days. The expeditions will be aimed at monitoring the biodiversity of Altai-Sayan ecoregion and surrounding areas. They are intiated by the Conservation Country National Foundation and funded by the RUSAL company and Oleg Deripaska’s Volnoe Delo Foundation. The Research Department of the Khakassky Reserve will continue cooperation with universities by providing a platform for student practice and participating in scientific conferences and publishing.

Participants of the technical council

As Vladimir Putin declared 2017 to be Year of Ecology in Russia, the Environmental Education Department will work on planning activities for 2017. In general, the Environmental Education Department will hold the same events and campaigns as it did in previous years. It is planned to engage new partners in reserve’s environmental activities.

The most expected event in 2016 is the opening of a Khakassky Reserve’s Museum of Nature. The Environmental Education Department has already finished renovation of interactive exhibitions and display stands.

The last year’s results showed increase in the number of visitors and amount of revenue, so the Tourism Department expects that these numbers will increase or at least remain at the same level in 2016. The existing excursion complexes are planned to be expanded; the reserve will open new excursion routes, repair existing routes and upgrade the exhibitions. For example, it will be more places for accommodation at the Skalki environmental excursion complex (Lake Bele area). The Tourism Department is also developing a new multi-day excursion route to mountain taiga areas and is working on the interregional route across several protected areas located in the Southern Siberia.

The technical council was attended by guests from other environmental organizations. Thus, Vyacheslav Ermolik, a deputy head of the Kirzinsky Wildlife Refuge (Novosibirsk Oblast), told about using biotechnical measures in nature reserves, wildlife refuges and national parks. The biotechnical measures imply creation of feed sites to support animals during harsh winter conditions and enlarge their habitation areas. For example, thanks to these measures the population of Siberian roe deer in the Kirzinsky Wildlife Refuge has grown by the dozens. Most participants of the council admitted that this experience should be used in the protected areas of Khakassia.

At the end of the council, a head of the Khakassky Reserve, Victor Nepomnyaschy, thanked all participants and wished them success in realization of their plans in 2016.

Vladimir Putin declares 2017 to be Year of Ecology in Russia

11.01.2016

According to Sergey Donskoy, head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, this will bring environmental organizations more opportunities and resources to change for an efficient management model. He added that the Year of Ecology will allow the environmental law to dictate rules for a number of entrepreneurship.

The decree by President Vladimir Putin to declare 2017 to be the Year of Ecology in Russia was published on January 8th, 2015, on the portal of legal information. Sergey Ivanov, a head of the presidential administration, will form the organizing committee that will perform the organizational functions. The Government of the Russian Federation was ordered to develop a plan of actions for the Year of Ecology.

Sergey Donskoy commented this on his Facebook page, “The dictatorship of environmental law will be imposed in 2017 on many companies. For responsible companies, the year will offer additional opportunities and resources in the transition towards more efficient management model.” He added that there are two main aspects to work on in 2017—system of protected areas development and ecology. Besides, in 2017 many amendments to environmental laws will come into force.

“The Year of Ecology will be a year of hard work for businesses, authorities and people. I believe that we will see changes for the better. Congratulations to all colleagues on the Year of Ecology!”

Source: RIA Novosti.

Congratulations on Nature Reserves and National Parks Day!

Nature Reserves and National Parks Day

The new year begins with a significant environmental holiday—Nature Reserves and National Parks Day. The holiday is celebrated on January 11th. It was established in 1997 under initiative of Biodiversity Conservation Center and World Wide Fund for Nature.

On that day in 1917, during the World War I, the first state nature reserve in Russia was created. The oldest reserve, named Barguzinsky, is located in Buryatia on the northeast shores of Lake Baikal.

Today, there are more than 12,900 specially protected natural areas in the Russian Federation with total area of 204 million square kilometers, which makes up 11.3% of the country’s total area. The system of federally protected areas has grown significantly over the past few years. Now, there are 103 nature reserves, 47 national parks, and 64 federal refuges in Russia.

The Khakassky Reserve’s team congratulates the colleagues on Nature Reserves and National Parks Day and thanks the pioneers who founded first protected natural areas and works for nature protection today.

The system of specially protected natural areas will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017, and we hope that we will start this year with many achievements. Let us make the year 2016 a great success!

Security Department’s results of 2015

30.12.2015

In 2015, the Khakassky Reserve’s Security Department was reorganized and now they sum up the results of the year. State inspectors of the Khakassky Reserve initiated more than 120 administrative offences and 8 criminal offences, confiscated 7 boats, 3,710 km of fishing net, other fishing and hunting equipment, 3 sables, a roe deer, and 40 kg of fish.

The total cost of the damage is estimated at 297,704 roubles.

A film made by the Security Department shows the most memorable moments of 2015. Click here to watch.

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