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(Русский) Первые посетители обновленной экспозиции Музея природы

14.03.2017

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Khakassky Reserve getting ready for fire season

10.03.2017

Khakassky Reserve's firefighting vehicles

Khakassky Reserve’s firefighting vehicles

Snow begins to melt in steppe areas, and usually first wildfires start there in April. Most wildfires spread to the reserve from bordering areas.

As preparation for fire season, Khakassky Reserve’s state inspectors took training in extinguishing wildfires. The training took place in the Lake Itkul area and was visited by the reserve executives and a representative of the Administration of Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management of Khakassia.

As part of the training scenario, the state inspectors were informed about a wildfire and its location, and instructed to extinguish the fire. The purpose of the training was to develop and demonstrate skills of effective communication, fire risk assessment, and tactical decision making.

Preparing Silant firetruck for training

Preparing Silant firetruck for training

“Such unscheduled inspections for fire season readiness are conducted by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management once every three years or can be initiated more often by the Government of the Russian Federation. The main goal is to check the actions of fire department in case of a wildfire in a protected area,” commented Mihail Tserbunov, a deputy head of the Department for Environmental Supervision (Administration of Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Nature Management of Khakassia).

Khakassky Reserve’s state inspectors demonstrated readiness of fire trucks and equipment: water tenders, Silant firetrucks, fire sprinklers, fire pumps, and extinguisher backpacks. More trainings for fire season 2017 will take place next week at the Khakassky Reserve’s fire-chemical station (city of Abaza).

Training in extinguishing wildfires

Training in extinguishing wildfires

Wildfire extinguishing training

Wildfire extinguishing training

Scientific research in Khakassky Reserve supported by WWF

09.03.2017

World Wide Fund for Nature

World Wide Fund for Nature

Annual expedition to Pozarym Wildlife Refuge aimed at study of rare and endangered species finished at the end of February.

This year, the research was supported by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Scientists from Khakassky Reserve and invited experts made more then 1,500 km by snowmobiles and 50 km on foot, downloaded photographs taken by camera traps, and performed technical maintenance of over 30 cameras. These camera traps were installed in the refuge 5 years ago, and since then they took about 70 thousand photos.

Checking camera traps

Checking camera traps

The researchers managed to do a 6-day visual observation of Siberian ibex—animal listed in the Red Data Book, carried out biotechnological activities and performed annual winter counts in the protected area.

Expedition plans for 2017 include observation of remote areas for the purpose of finding more traces of rare species, such as snow leopard, Siberian ibex, and reindeer.

This winter has been not snowy, especially in mountain taiga areas, which complicated the researcher’s work and influenced animal life.

Siberian ibex in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge

Siberian ibex in Pozarym Wildlife Refuge

For example, most ungulates migrated to easily traversable mountains and taiga areas, such as flood plains, southern slopes and ravines. Because of that, the average number of species in a group increased—the researchers found herds of up to 20 red deer at a time. This brought about another change: increase in the number of wolves in the Pozarym Refuge. Another predator—lynx—migrated from high mountains to low and middle mountain belts: no traces of lynx were registered in high mountainous areas.

The data received during the expedition are being processed and will be presented later.

Congratulations on International Women’s Day!

07.03.2017

Dear women,

We want to congratulate you on the spring holiday celebrated at the time when nature awakes from the winter sleep—International Women’s Day.

Let this holiday be a celebration of everything we love about you. We wish you happiness and health, and may your dreams and desires come true. May your home be filled with peace, love and prosperity.

Khakassky Reserve’s team

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03.03.2017

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