Feathered inhabitants of the castle park

Researchers have recorded about 50 species of birds in the park of Uzhhorod Castle. Great tits, nuthatches, house and field sparrows live here all the time and blackbirds. The black nuthatches, starlings, and common swifts make nests in spring. From time to time chaffinch, hawfinch, goldfinches, long-tailed tits and even the smallest yellow-billed goldfinches fly in.

On March 29, the young people of the Transcarpathian Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students and Youth met the feathered inhabitants of the castle park. Along with them in the event were children of IDPs from Kharkiv, Dnipro, and Kyiv regions. They listened to the story of Ruslana Dzhahman, a senior researcher in the Nature Department, about the species of birds that live in the castle yard and took part in the quest “Feathered inhabitants of the castle park”.

The children received a lot of interesting information while completing the tasks. In the office of the Nature Department, they studied the exhibits and learned about the variety of bird nests and materials that birds used for nest construction. The students also visited the library, where they also had a task. There they visited the books exhibition “The Miracle of Birds”, including an ecological fairy tale written by Natalia Humen-Bilanych. The book “Under the Owl’s Wing” was published recently. The participants guessed the birds that live in the castle park by pictures and photos. As a result, the team “Gold Eagles” received the maximum number of points, the team “Black Rook” got 1 point less than the winners, 3rd place went to “Doves” and “Great tit”, and 4th place went to “Sparrows”. In general, the children quickly coped with the tasks, and the youngest participants also received a box of sweets from the feathered inhabitants of the castle park. During the quest, students also had the opportunity to see a nuthatch, a blackbird, that is now actively singing.

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), and project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.


Informational Service of IRCEF

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