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Independence Day!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 24.02.2017 - 00:12

Photos from Wikipedia, unknown author

Last photo Arne Ader

Celebration of February 24th in 1919 in Peetri plats, Tallinn

On February 23rd, 1918, the Estonian Independent Republic was proclaimed for the first time from the balcony of the Endla Theatre in Pärnu.

The manifesto ”To All The Peoples of Estonia“ was read by Hugo Kuusner, member of the Province Assembly. On February 24th, 1918, the Estonian Republic was proclaimed in Tallinn and the Provisional Government was formed, with Konstantin Päts as head.

Hello, Spring 2017!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 23.02.2017 - 23:57

Photo Arne Ader

Sinilill

Hepatica

The search for spring begins on March 1st and it will last until the end of May.

Children in the older groups in kindergartens and pupils in classes 1-9 are invited to take part.

We learn to notice the changes in nature and get to know the most common animal and plant species, observing when familiar animals and plants appear in nature in spring. 

As heralds of spring we note the plants that begin to flower first, the arrival of migrant birds, emerging butterflies, amphibians and fungi.

Those who take part as well as all interested nature friends can follow the observations that are entered in the database on the web.

The working language is Estonian but instructions in Russian are also available on the web.

VIDEOS: About the winter life of elks

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 23.02.2017 - 23:50

Videos recorded by Ahto Täpsi and Kalle Pihelgas
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A group trotting away after noticing humans. In the video we see that the younger elk bull still has its antlers, usually male elks are ”bareheaded” by February.

 

Elk, European elk; Moose (US)     Euroopa põder or põder       Alces alces

 

What animals did our forebears hunt? Bone findings from nine thousand years ago confirm that both elk and beaver meat was used for food.

The elk, with a large head, hooked nose and a beard tuft can be held to be among the most majestic of the mammals in our wildlife.

The tale of the Tülivere oak

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 22.02.2017 - 11:59

Text and photos Tiit Huntwww.rmk.ee
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It is worthwhile to take the trouble to look up the ancient tree with the droll name, since where else but here would a tree have its own guest book!

The stout  Tülivere oak hides near Kuusalu on the bank of a stream in the small Allika village. At a first glance the old tree, sheltered between pretty cattle paths and stone fences at the bubbling water, is difficult to see but a map application brings a hiker with dendrological interests unfailingly to the site; the path to the tree is not signposted.

The Tülivere oak is an ancient grove tree that was still in active use in the 20th century but no longer today – the wind tugs at a couple of lonely faded ribbons in the tree crown that someone’s hands tied there long ago.  

Raccoon dogs mating

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 22.02.2017 - 11:49

Photo Arne Ader
Translation Liis

Kährik

Raccoon dog

 

Raccoon dog    Kährikkoer or kährik      Nyctereutes procyonoides

 

Surely you remember the wild boar camera, although now already absent for a year, where raccoon dogs too came to eat; one year they even had transmitter collars  (zoologists studied how the season influenced their movements and use of the territory).

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