The results of the seventh competition for the F.R.Stilmark Prize 2019 have been summed up.
The seventh competition for the F.R. Stilmark Prize was announced in August 2019. It was organized by the Wildlife Conservation Center and was held with the use of a grant from the President of the Russian Federation, provided by the Presidential Grant Fund. The competition included three nominations: "Achievements in science", "Young scientists" and "Periodicals".
In the traditional nomination "Achievements in Science" 68 lists of scientific publications (for 2017-2018) of employees participated in the competition. They represented 40 reserves, national parks and sanctuaries, from 33 regions of Russia. 66 applications were found to be in compliance with the contest conditions.
The competition in the new nomination "Young Scientists" received 30 applications from employees of protected areas under the age of 36. Lists of publications and questionnaires reflecting their scientific, organizational and environmental activities in 2016-2018 were sent by young scientists from 19 reserves, 3 national parks and 4 united directorates of protected areas from 23 regions of Russia.
Another new nomination of the contest, that of "Periodicals", included 26 publications such as 6 magazines, 17 newspapers and one bulletin, one almanac and one newsletter as well. The works came from 14 reserves, 9 national parks, 1 united directorate and 1 association of protected areas, from 23 regions of Russia.
Each nomination was evaluated by an expert jury consisting of highly qualified representatives of the scientific community, employees of specially protected natural areas, university professors, scientific journalists, public figures. The jury members analyzed all the contest works and evaluated them in accordance with the previously prepared criteria.
In accordance with the terms of the contest, the official announcement and awarding of the winners and prizewinners was planned to be timed to coincide with the readings and conference in memory of F.R. Stilmark on the problems of nature conservation. They would be held in April 2020 in Moscow. However, due to the unfavorable epidemic situation, the readings and the conference have been postponed until autumn.
The high value of the contest work of the head of the scientific department, Ulyana Babiy, in the nomination "Young Scientists", was awarded with the Diploma of Honor for her selfless activity in the extreme north-east of Russia.
We sincerely congratulate our colleague on this award and wish her further prosperity and good luck in life!
The first polar bear monotorings on Wrangel Island with the use of quadrocopters.
At the end of 2019, the employees of the Wrangel Island Reserve took drone control courses. They were trained to operate remote-piloted vehicles or quadrocopters. The courses were organized as part of the joint project with WWF of Russia. The main objective was to test new methods of polar bear census . The World Wildlife Fund provided the Reserve with four professional quadrocopters with extended function range. Two of them are equipped with cameras with a thermal imager, capable of displaying the heat emitted by the object, even from a long distance.
Every year, on the protected islands of Wrangel and Herald, most of the pregnant females of the Chukchi-Alaskan polar bear population lie in dens. Usually polar bears are counted during March and April, when bears and their cubs leave the birth dens and bears take the cubs on sea ice. Cubs are taught survival and seal hunting skills there. Traditional monitorings look like that: staff are divided into several groups and go to model areas where the density of the dens is higher than in other parts of the island. Several times a week, specialists ride around the sites on snowmobiles and inspect every slope, valley and other places where the snow layer allows the bear to dig out some temporary housing.
It is only the holes for entrance that indicate a den. That’s not an easy task indeed. First of all, dens are located most often high. Secondly, the entrance is a little over a meter in diameter. In addition, the bright spring sun, reflected in the snow like a mirror, makes the search process more complicated
A quadrocopter has a camera with a thermal imager that helps overcome numerous difficulties. In fact, the temperature inside the dens is much higher than outside. When flying around the area, the thermal halo, hitting the camera, is displayed on the drone control panel, and the recorder records and examines the object in detail using a high-resolution camera.
On arriving on Wrangel Island, the staff of the scientific, security and tourism departments, consisting of 8 people, were divided into 2 groups and left for the previously selected cordons such as "Waring" and "Unexpected". On the second day the drones already went up to the sky.
Four launches over the first found den with total flight time 1 hour 40 minutes showed that it was inhabited. Specialists were able to examine in detail not only the female bear, but also its two cubs. The animals reacted quite calmly. The Reserve's staff did not violate the so-called comfort zone and observed them from a distance.
Despite the freezing temperatures of -25 C and the north wind, the experiment to examine the den was a success. Yet the main task , to detect the den using a drone, has not been solved.
"Unfortunately, specific weather conditions and tight deadlines prevented us from working out the method in full. The search for the dens with the help of a drone camera only failed, " comments Leonid Zaika, the Head of the Department of Ecotourism Development of the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve.
“However, the experience gained and mistakes, without which it is impossible to implement a brand new methodology, will allow for a detailed analysis and preparation for next year’s census.
The resulting photo and video material has great scientific value. With its help specialists will be able to determine the age and condition of animals as well as the distinctive features of their behavior. The main conclusion is that the annual polar bear monitorings with the use of quadrocopters make the specialists' work safer and it is much easier to find and study both dens and animals themselves."
Spring hunting season starts in Russia
Soon the spring waterfowl hunting season will also open in Chukotka. It will last 10 days. During the spring bird hunting season in Chukotka territory only male ducks, geese, Canadian cranes and male black-billed capercaillies are allowed to be shot.
Hunting for other species of birds listed in the Red Book of Russia and the Red Book of Chukotka Autonomous District is prohibited.Not allowed to shoot are whooper, small and American swans, American wigeons,Siberian and spectacled eiders. As well as lesser white-fronted , taiga bean, emperor geese and Baikal teals.
They are rare bird species with low numbers and a narrow range of habitats that require special treatment. Each year the number of rare and endangered species increases, because of the unreasonable and uncontrollable hunting. That can eventually lead to their full extinction!
‘’Wrangel Island" Reserve staff worked out a memo on waterfowl of the Chukotka Autonomous District that involves lists of permitted and prohibited species for hunting.
Be careful when hunting! Do not shoot a bird if you are not sure that it is not a Red Book species!
With the support of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF of Russia), geobotanists set out for the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve.
Dmitry Dobrynin, a chief specialist in remote sensing of the Earth at the Marine Research Center of Moscow State University, and Oksana Sukhova , a leading engineer of the Natural Science Institute of PSNIU will spend three months on Wrangel Island.
The main purpose of their visit was to collect data to draw a picture of Wrangel Island's natural complexes, which would then serve as an information basis for identifying dynamic phenomena in the island's ecosystems.
It is not the first year that the Reserve's employees have experienced changes in snow conditions, floods and vegetation. More frequent visits by more southern fish species, such as pink salmon, have become common. Scientists will try to measure the dynamics of current processes on a space scale.
Global climate change affects not only vegetation and wildlife, but also transforms terrain and friable sediments. Much attention will also be paid to these aspects on the island. For instance, it is planned to set up long-term observation points for such processes as thermokarst, thermo-erosion, cellusion, soil heaving. The coastal zone will be surveyed and the most unstable forms of coastal topography in today's environment will be identified. It is also planned to install temperature sensors for long-term microclimate monitoring.
All these data will help to predict most precisely the changes that will take place in the Arctic over the next few decades.
On the photo: Rogers Bay, Ushakovsky village.
This is an example of increased activity of coastal processes in warm 2018, compared with 2016.
Satellite images clearly show a strip of turbid waters saturated with suspended particles of bottom sediments and erosion products carried out into the sea with river waters.
The Foundation "Protected Embassy" opens a new charity program "The Fund for Mutual Assistance for protected areas".
The initiative to create the program belongs to a group of managers of protected areas who agreed to join the Board of Trustees of the program, to promote it and to control the management of funds.
What is the "The Fund for Mutual Assistance for protected areas"?
It's a campaign to support one another , for instance, your colleagues in difficult moments. In our case, it is support for protected area staff and their families who find themselves in difficult life situations. For example, fires, natural disasters, resulting in loss of property, disability or death as a result of the execution of official duties in a protected area, serious illness, loss of a breadwinner who worked in a protected area, assistance in protecting the rights and dignity of employees of a protected area and other circumstances.
Everyone who is interested in participating in the program can go to the Protected People" page of the "Protected Embassy" website and support with their contribution nature defenders by transferring from a personal bank card or through the details of the Foundation for legal entities.
Your donations will be included in the Fund for Mutual Assistance. The collected funds will be spent by the decision of the Board of Trustees of the program, the expenses will be also available on the website of the program.
The field season on the island has started.
On March 26, the Reserve's staff members, state inspectors Gennady Fedorov, Vladimir Mazanov, Ilya Petukhov, Victor Kostyuk, as well as researchers Ulyana Babiy, Pavel Kulemeev and a new employee of the department of Ecological Tourism, Leonid Zaika flew away for the next field season.
During six months, the Reserve's staff will work together to collect information on key environmental monitoring sites. They are polar bears, white geeses, sheep-bulls, as well as the condition of seabird colonies, watercourses, phenological observations and many others.
In March and April, the bears will start coming out of the dens together with the cubs, and the staff will monitor them with the use of remote-piloted vehicles, that will help in population calculation.
There will also be renovation work to improve a fishing house at Popov Lagoon. In the future, the house will be used as a base for stopping by land and sea routes for bird watching.
We wish all employees a successful field season!
We invite everyone to take part in the "March of Parks 2020" action!
"March of Parks" is an international action to support specially protected natural areas of Russia and neighboring countries.
The motto of March of Parks 2020 is
"For a quarter of a century we've been helping nature conservation!"
Today about 12 thousand Russian reserves, national and natural parks, reservations and other protected areas of federal, regional and local level are located on the area that covers 13% of Russia's territory. However, they preserve at least 70% of the animal and plant species living in our country.
Actually, protected lands are ideal models of wild or intact nature. They are necessary not only for preserving of the biodiversity. The scientific value of protected areas is exceptionally high indeed. Studies of natural processes in natural, i.e. healthy ecosystem, make it possible to understand, for example, ways of treatment of disturbed natural communities. As they provide human-friendly conditions, such as air and water purification, restoration of soil fertility, places for recreation or health improvement and many other things.
In 2020, the "March of Parks 2020" action will be held for the 25th time! Today March of Parks is one of the largest and most popular nature conservation events in Russia. In 2020 the "Wrangel Island" Reserve acts as the main coordinator of the "March of Parks 2020" in the Chukchi Autonomous District.
Together with the charitable foundation "Wildlife Conservation Center" (WCC), the Reserve organizes an art competition "Nature of the native land"(age of participants must be from 4 to 18 years old) and сhildren's art competition "World of Protected Nature" on the theme "Nature of the native land". The main condition is to do the contest work directly in nature, working in the technique of plenair. Show a corner of nature, which is close to you. You can draw not only a protected area and its inhabitants, but also a lake or tundra, any part of nature that you love and want to protect, and plants or animals living there.
The Reserve launches also an extra art competition "Birds of Chukotka ". The main condition is to depict any bird that flies to Chukotka or the Wrangel Island Reserve. It is allowed to draw a composition with the bird's participation, but the main character of this plot must still be a bird and it must occupy the central place in the drawing, i.e. the predominant part of it.
In a short time, our Reserve, with the financial support of the Russian Geographical Society, will release a photo album "The Birds of the Wrangel Island".
The book includes articles on key groups of birds of the Wrangel and Herald Islands, a summary of scientific research and ecological tourism in the Reserve as well.
The text in Russian and English is supplemented with a great number of colorful photos, depicting and revealing the hard life of birds in the Reserve. The book is addressed to birdwatchers, naturalists, photographers, as well as to those who love and admire the harsh nature of the Arctic.
The photo album will be issued in a limited edition in a gift format.
In 2020 the Earth Hour campaign will be held for the 12th time in Russia. The main theme of this year's action will be environmental activism.
What is Earth Hour?
Thousands of people all over Russia contribute to nature protection every day. They solve problems of different levels.Some of them collect batteries in their own driveway to dispose of them correctly, others find and stop illegal cutting of forest, others organize eco-lessons and charity events at their school, university or just among friends. All these people are united by a sense of responsibility for the well-being of our nature and a good will to preserve it.
No special education or resources are needed to join Earth Hour. Indeed, everyone can find something to their liking and possibilities and contribute to nature conservation. That is why the motto of the 2020 campaign is "Everyone Can".
What needs to be done?
Register on the website of the campaign, light a candle on the map of Earth Hour and pass the test to learn your environmental purpose.Turn off all electrical appliances in your home, apartment or office at 20.30 local time on March 28, 2020.
What can I do at EARTH HOUR ?
There are many ways to spend 60 minutes in the dark:
- to stay at home with your family and have a candlelight dinner
- to organize a corporate flash mob or charity event
- to place a promotion banner on your website and join the #Everyone Could Marathon
Choose your personal way to support Earth Hour!
Tell your friends about the campaign.Your friends and colleagues may not know what Earth Hour is yet. Tell them about the event and offer to participate in it together.
Share a photo of how you spent Earth Hour, post it on your social media page marked Wrangel Island Reserve and WWF Russia - World Wildlife Fund and hashtags # Everybody Could #Earth-Chukotka #Wrangel Island Reserve #WWW
Happy birthday to you, the Reserve «Wrangel Island»!
Dear employees, colleagues and friends!
Happy holidays! Let your life be long and prosperous, and there will be always time for enjoying and admiring the beauty of nature!
We wish you health, fruitful work, inexhaustible creativity and achievements in nature protection!
Thank you for your great work and love for the work you do!
We wish our reserve further prosperity and long years of existence!
So, to grow and to prosper!
The first reserve in Russland that was established to preserve the Arctic.
The beginning of the Reserve business was the ban on fox hunting to adopt in 1937. Later on walrus rookeries were put under protection, and in 1968 a sanctuary was organized to protect polar bears, white geese and seabird colonies.
The status of the Reserve was set up on March 23, 1976. Since then the Reserve has included Wrangel Island and Herald, as well as a 12-mile sea area. The total area of the Reserve is 2225.65 thousand hectares.
In 2004, the Reserve was added to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List. The territory is distinguished by the autonomy of the ecosystem, that has been developing under isolation for 50 thousand years, and by the biodiversity that is exceptional for the Arctic. For instance, 383 species of vascular plants and 169 bird species are known. The flora of the Reserve is richer than that of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Wrangel Island is isolated from the continent by the Long Strait. The island along with harsh climatic conditions is actually like a "migration filter" and prevents many species from penetrating the territory. For this reason, the island fauna is significantly poorer than the mainland fauna. However, the species diversity is much higher than on many Arctic islands of similar size.
The only large white geese colony in Asia has been preserved on Wrangel Island and the most stable reproductive settlements of white owls have been found, as well as the highest density of brood dens of the Arctic fox dens.
The most numerous seabird colonies in this part of the Arctic, up to 300,000 nesting individuals, are situated there. The fauna of terrestrial mammals includes 3 aboriginal species. They are the Arctic fox and 2 species of endemic lemmings.
The wolverine and the wolf live there, and sometimes the fox pops in. In the 40s, domestic reindeer were introduced to Wrangel Island. Then in 1975, the sheep-bull was brought to Wrangel Island and now its number is as high as 1500 specimens. Wrangel Island and the Herald is the "maternity home" for polar bears. Every winter, from 300 to 500 bears go to the dens to breed.
An event to celebrate the Polar Bear Day took place in the Information Center of the Reserve!
Ekaterina Artamonova, the Head of the Environmental Education Department, held an educational game "Arctic King" for the guests of the Reserve. Players selected traits that characterize the polar bear, built food chains, answered questions, as well as learned many interesting facts about the behavior and lifestyle of the largest land predator of the Far North.
The evening was continued by the story of Pavel Kulemeev, a polar bear researcher. He told about the history of polar bear research at the Reserve. Pavel gave a detailed report on how the polar predator is monitored, methods of research, programs for the study and protection of this Red-Book species.
At the end of the event, a video about a polar bear was presented to the participants.
The polar bear is included in the IUCN Red List (VU - vulnerable species), the Red Book of Russia, as well as the Red Book of Chukchi Autonomous District. The main threat to the polar bear species in the most part of its range is considered to be the reducing of ice cover due to climate warming.
International Polar Bear Day
Every year, on February 27, the International Polar Bear Day is celebrated. It is more commonly called Polar Bear Day in our country.
The holiday was initiated by the organization PBI (Polar Bear International). PBI is actively fighting for the preservation of the population of this beautiful predator, which lives only in the Arctic latitudes, near the North Pole.
The polar bear is the largest ground predator. The polar bear's body weight can reach as much as 800 kg. The average weight of an adult male is usually 400-600 kg and that of an adult female is 250-300 kg. Body length for males can be 200-250 cm, but for females 160-250 cm only. The shoulder height of the animals is 130-150 cm.
Polar bears are very comfortable at ambient temperatures of -45 degrees and below. Heat is kept thanks to two layers of fur and a thick layer of subcutaneous fat. The Wrangel Island Reserve is home to the majority of the Chukchi Alaskan polar bear population. Wrangel Island and Herald Islands have the highest concentration of polar bear's birth dens in the world. From 300 to 500 bears go to the dens for breeding every winter.
There are about 25 thousand polar bears left on Earth. So this problem should be paid much attention to. The main threat to polar bears is the melting of sea ice caused by the global warming of the climate on our planet. Practically it is the ice that is a characteristic habitat for polar bears all year round.
"Field" employees of the Reserve have been trained.
At the end of February in the Information Center of the Reserve "Wrangel Island" with the support of the World Wildlife Fund training for the Reserve's staff ,engaged in field activities, was held. Mikhail Kreindlin, a program manager for protected areas of Greenpeace Russia, and Andrey Zvarich, the head of the Training Center "Rrohelp", conducted training on administrative paperwork and first aid in remote areas. Despite the formal weekends, the entire "field" staff received or improved their knowledge on the preparation of documents related to violations of environmental laws in reserves and necessary medical skills.
The teachers of the training are professionals who have been doing their business for many years already and are first-hand familiar with the specifics of the reserve system and territories located far from civilization.
The lack of operational communication with the mainland, the impossibility to provide really immediate emergency services and severe climatic conditions of our Arctic island force us to act as autonomously as possible, not counting on the soon "rescue" from the Big Land.
For four days of intense training, the most urgent for our territory aspects have been discussed and played out in practice. Namely, protocols for illegal ship entries into the waters of the island, treatment of frostbites and transportation of injured people with no roads.
These 4 maximally long and busy days made bright impressions both on the listeners and teachers, for whom it was their first visit to Chukotka. Judging by the success and results, next visits of the teachers can be expected.
Marine habitants of protected areas
On the occasion of Marine Mammal Protection Day, at the Reserve "Wrangel Island" were held thematic classes for students of the "Education Center" in Pevek and pre-school children from kindergarten "Golden Key."
The guys got acquainted with the variety of species and life features of these unique animals, and talked about the need to preserve them in nature.During the lesson, children learned about marine mammals to live in the protected area, what factors influence the reduction of their number. They also heard the voices of the whales, learned how they breathe, what they eat and how to identify whales.
To consolidate the material, schoolchildren were to take part in the quiz "Protected marine life", and preschoolers played a dynamic game "Seals and Cetaceans".
World Whale Day
On February 19, 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) introduced a ban on whaling, starting the celebration of World Whale Day, which is also considered to be the day of protection for all marine mammals and creatures living in the seas and oceans of our planet.
This ban is still in force today and means that whale hunting as well as trade in whale meat is prohibited all around the world. The intensive and merciless extermination of marine mammals, especially that of whales, has been lasting more than 200 years already and has had a devastating impact on their numbers. In fact, many representatives of this order are on the brink of extinction nowadays.
But it is they that are the most sensitive indicators of the state of the marine systems of the planet and to be an important link in the nutrition chains of the oceans indeed. So they create the stability of the biological cycle of substances in the ecological system.
In Russia, Marine Mammal Protection Day has been celebrated since 2002 and is of particular importance, as our country's seas are home to several dozens of whale, dolphin and seal species, many of which are endangered and included into the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
On the coasts of the reserve "Wrangel Island" walruses settle to have their rookeries .They are the most interesting and valuable sea animals. There lives the Pacific walrus, for which this water area is the most important area of summer feeding. In certain years, from July to the end of September and the beginning of October, most of the females and young growth of the whole population congregate not far off the islands.
Ringed seals(Pusa hispida) and bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) are common species in the coastal waters throughout the year. Ringed seals are the main feed for polar bears all year round, providing a full life cycle of the predator.
In summer and autumn, the water area adjacent to the islands of Wrangel and Herald is the area of cetacean feeding and migration. The gray whale is the most abundant here. In recent years, the number of gray whales off Wrangel Island has increased significantly. Annually, large herds of white whales pass along the shores of Wrangel Island during autumn migration. According to satellite tagging data, white whales have been identified as coming to Wrangel Island in the autumn to give birth in the delta of the river Mackenzie (Canada).
At the end of January the 26th, the meeting of the Russian-American working group on the project 02.05-61 "Marine Mammals" was held in Anchorage (USA).
The meeting focused mainly on current issues related to the study of marine mammals. Alexander Gruzdev, Director of the "Wrangel Island" Reserve, presented the results of the polar bear research. Specialists emphasized once again the ecological value and uniqueness of Wrangel Island. The colleagues discussed the work plans for 2020-2022, including new studies in the Reserve.
Let's hope for more cooperation in the field of nature protection and study!
The meeting of the Russian-American working group on the project 02.05-61 "Marine Mammals" is held in the framework of cooperation on the problem of V "Conservation and organization of nature reserves", functioning under the Russian-American Agreement on Environmental Protection of June 23, 1994.
Young naturalists of the Kronotsky Reserve got acquainted with the protected Chukotka.
Ulyana Babiy , a researcher of the Wrangel Island Reserve, visited Kamchatka and reported on her work to young naturalists of the Kronotsky Reserve, who have been studying wildlife since spring 2019. The juniors learnt what animals and plants are protected on the protected islands in the Chukchi Autonomous District.
Since the protected islands of Wrangel and Herald are the maternity home and one of the main habitats of polar bears, special attention was paid to this species and the comparison of polar and brown bears.
According to Roszapovedcentr of the Ministry of Natural Resources, in 2020 the network of federal protected areas will be expanded with 50 new thematic eco-routes.
Previous projects will also be developed. In particular, a multi-year project of the Tigirek Reserve (Altai Territory) to construct a 70 kilometer eco-route named after Academician Eric Laxman.
In summer in the Reserve will be organized a volunteer camp to help the employees. Depending on the length, the routes should be equipped with parking lots for camping sites, basic overnight camps with tents, bridges, stairs, decks in areas that are difficult to pass, information stands, viewing platforms and navigation. In addition, provision shall be made for the establishment of observation posts, observation and demonstration platforms and other facilities for training and educational activity.
Because of the interest of public, scientific, educational and volunteer organizations in the activities of protected areas, the work on increasing the number of objects of placement in protected areas will be intensified. For instance, 17 new guest houses will be opened in the Verkhne-Tazovsky Reserve (YaNAO).
The Visimsky Reserve (Sverdlovsk Region) will open a scientific station, which will accommodate both participants of scientific expeditions and students who have practice in the Reserve, as well as groups of young naturalists.
As for the Reserve "Wrangel Island", it is going to be a fishing house to receive fans of bird watching there. Last autumn, the Reserve's employees together with volunteers started to put it in order.After the overhaul the house will be used as a base to stay on land and sea routes for birdwatching in the lagoons of Popov and Tradatelskaya, as well as for watching marine mammals in Krasina Bay.
From 22 to 25 January inspectors of the Reserve Gennady Fyodorov and Vladimir Mazanov visited the Center for Innovation of the Forest Institute in the city of Ussuriysk (Primorsky Krai).
As part of the courses for firefighting managers for protected areas departments, organized jointly with the Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), they met with the head of the program "Greenpeace Russia" Mikhail Kreindlin, one of the leading specialists of the Russian Federation in the field of nature conservation law.
The issues of administrative records management in Wrangel Island were discussed. So, common mistakes in record-keeping and documentation, as well as changes in the existing environmental legislation were discussed.
Such meetings do help to get qualified answers to current questions from practice and to be updated on the current situation in the country's environmental protection system.
Travelling across protected islands
From 13 to 24 January, the Reserve "Wrangel Island" organized for pre-school children from the kindergarten "Golden Key" and primary school students of "Center for Education" in Pevek enviromental lessons on the occasion of All-Russian holiday, that of Day of Reserves and National Parks.
The kids learned about the "reserves", "reservations" and "national parks". Many questions were discussed. What are they established for? What is their contribution to the conservation of rare, endangered plant and animal species. Why is the Day of Reserves and National Parks celebrated on January, 11?
Through games, children got acquainted with the most famous reserves of Russia, with their departments and the professions of people engaged in the sphere. Besides, they themselves made up stories about the reserves and national parks they like. The children also learned that in Russia there is a movement known as " Friends of Protected Islands" that unites schoolchildren from most regions of our great country. It means that everybody can help the nature and be a friend of protected islands.
Finally, all the guys came to a common opinion that nature is a precious gift for humans and since the early years every person should love and take care of our planet! The conservation lessons were completed with the ecological flash mob "Friends with Protected Islands".
Kindergarten «Golden Key»
«Education Center» Pevek city
On January 16, Pavel Kulemeev, a researcher of the Reserve "Wrangel Island" visited Children's Technopark "Quantorum "Khakassia"
At the lessons on "Bioquantum" curious children at the age up 10 to 18 years, who are interested in natural phenomena, study the nature of our planet, conduct experiments, meet with people who have connected their lives with biology.
At this meeting with young listeners Paul told about the peculiarities of work in the Reserve "Wrangel Island", as well as about the island itself, including the history of its discovery, protected flora and fauna. During the meeting, the participants learned about the location of the Reserve, about the field season on the island and activities after the field season.