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(Русский) Заповедная лыжня – 2017!

07.02.2017

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World Wetlands Day with Khakassky Reserve

03.02.2017

World Wetlands Day celebration at Khakassky Reserve

World Wetlands Day celebration at Khakassky Reserve

On February 2nd the world celebrates one of the most important environmental holidays—the World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, in 1971, in the city of Ramsar (Iran).

Wetlands play a significant role in Khakassky Reserve’s life. The reserve’s steppe areas include parts of water areas and shores of lakes Bele, Shira and Itkul, part of the Krasnoyarsk Reservoir’s shore, small lakes of various depth and mineralization level, and large bog complexes.

3D painting for snail

3D painting for snail

Every year specialists from the reserve’s Environmental Education Department plan activities dedicated to conservation of wetlands as places of habitat for numerous birds and other animals.

This year, the World Wetlands Day was celebrated together with children from the Abakan Boarding School for Children with Visual Impairments. The reserve’s specialists told about wetlands in Russia and, particularly, in the Republic of Khakassia. Then, to learn more about types of wetlands and processes that occur there, the children played a game: they were offered to make gifts for wetland inhabitants from any material they like. In a short time, children created a variety of presents: from three-dimensional pictures to envelopes with surprises.

Bouquet of butterflies and moths for toad

Bouquet of butterflies and moths for toad

“Such kind of activities always inspire both students and their teachers. After meeting with Khakassky Reserve, children become more curious, they start asking questions about environment. This is why many teachers began to use environmental breaks during lessons,” shared Alevtina Korotovskaya, a teacher from the Boarding School for Children with Visual Impairments.

In Shira District, children with physical disabilities were invited to celebrate the World Wetlands Day with the reserve. The event titled “Wetlands of Shira District” was held by Svetlana Volkova, a specialist of the reserve’s Environmental Education Department, and Irina Kardashova, a chairperson of the Society of the Disabled in Shira Village.

Children learned about the famous lakes of Khakassia—Itkul, Shira, Bele, and Ulug-Kol, and the ways the reserve protects their areas. Then, children were offered to play a game: they were asked to find connections between different animals pictured on soft blocks. At the end, everyone receive a present—a blue balloon representing a water drop.

There are two simple rules everyone needs to follow to preserve wetlands: keep shores and water clean, and not burn grass and other vegetation—and our wetlands will attract more birds and provide us with fresh water, oxygen and minerals.

Game with blocks

Game with blocks

World Wetlands Day celebration in Shira District

World Wetlands Day celebration in Shira District

(Русский) Всемирный день водно-болотных угодий

02.02.2017

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Results of 100th Anniversary of Nature Reserves and National Parks in Russia photo contest

31.01.2017

Photo taken by camera trap in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge—second prize in "Caught in sight" nomination

Photo taken by camera trap in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge—second prize in “Caught in sight” nomination

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation announced the winners of the 100th Anniversary of Nature Reserves and National Parks in Russia photo contest that started on June 5th, 2016.

“The main goal of the contest to promote environmental knowledge and nature conservation ideas, and develop environmental culture,” said Sergey Donskoy, head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. “Visual images easily find their way to people’s hearts and minds; they can create and strengthen the desire to live in harmony with nature.”

The contest was also arranged to support photographers who portray the diversity of protected landscapes and animals, achievements of nature reserves, national parks and wildlife refuges, and ecotourism in protected areas.

Photo taken by Alexander Isaev—second prize in "On guard of nature" nomination

Photo taken by Alexander Isaev—second prize in “On guard of nature” nomination

All 1227 photos submitted for the contest by 285 authors were taken in protected areas of the Russian Federation. The winners were selected by 194,582 online voters on the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The photos were grouped into 7 nominations: “Landscapes of protected areas”, “Protected animals”, “Protected plants”, “On guard of nature”, “For tourists”, “Seasons”, and “Caught in sight”.

Khakassky Reserve congratulates all participants, and especially our winners:

  • Alexander Isaev who won second prize in the “On guard of nature” nomination
  • Victor Nepomnyaschy who won second prize in the “Caught in sight” nomination

The list of winners is available by link.

Source: press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation.

First steps into the Year of Ecology and Protected Areas in Russia

27.01.2017

Participants of meeting

Participants of meeting

Today, January 27th, 2017, a discussion of plans and forms of cooperation between environmental and educational organizations of Khakassia in the Year of Ecology and Protected Areas took place at the conference hall of Khakassky Reserve.

The meeting was arranged by the Republican Center of Additional Education as part of the seminar on “Methodological support to educators on preparing students for environmental events”. It brought together specialists from the Khakassky Reserve’s Environmental Education Department, school teachers of Biology, Ecology, Geography, and other workers of educational organizations.

Participating teachers

Participating teachers

Khakassky Reserve plans a variety of events dedicated to the Year of Ecology and Protected Areas in Russia. They will be held on local, regional, and national levels and supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation. Most of them are aimed at promotion of environmental culture among young people.

Letter of appreciation

Letter of appreciation

At the meeting, Natalia Tairova, a deputy director for environmental education of Khakassky Reserve, invited the participants to get involved in the reserve’s projects that will be implemented in 2017. Besides, the participating teachers received guidelines, presentation and video materials that can be used at schools, and shared their ideas for international and national projects.

The next step of cooperation between our organizations will be the participation in the All-Russian Lesson on Protected Areas project—a series of lessons at schools where students learn about the system of protected areas in Russia. This project was developed by Zapovedniki EcoCenter as part of the Protected Areas’ Friends Movement program.

At the end of the meeting, Republican Center of Additional Education presented a letter of appreciation to Victor Nepomnyaschy—head of Khakassky Reserve—for cooperation and involvement in the seminar on “Methodological support to educators on preparing students for environmental events”.

(Русский) Госинспекторы заповедника «Хакасский» предотвратили браконьерство

24.01.2017

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