At the initiative of the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies, an ecological and educational event “Bird Day” was held on April 1st. It was held in Synevyrska Polyana – one of the highest mountain settlements in Ukraine. It still snows here, and is frosty at night, in contrast to the plains of Transcarpathia, where a real spring came.
Different species of birds are returning from warm regions at this time. Starlings have been delighting us with their singing for several weeks now, and swallows will arrive soon. Young people have prepared treats for birds: millet, unroasted sunflower seeds, wheat, crumbs of white bread, and even fresh unsalted lard. Birds all like that. Currently, not many birds can find food in the mountainous region, so children are involved in their feeding, as in winter. For this occasion, young naturalists showed creativity: they made original feeders from improvised materials and hung them on trees.
Feeders are useful only when they’re filled with food, so young people generously poured into them what birds love so much. In summer, birds are definitely thankful, eating pests, thus saving the harvest of our gardens and orchards.
The children learned a lot of interesting information about the birdlife of the Carpathians, the benefits of birds for humans, and the importance of small things that help to survive these fragile creatures during the event.
The event was held in cooperation with the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF, led by Alexander Bokotey) with the support of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband, NABU International), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IRCEF