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About bear cubs in winter quarters

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 19.01.2020 - 15:10

Photos  Peep Männil
Estonian text posted 06.01.2020

Winter quarters of bear photographed in spring

 

Brown bear      Pruunkaru  or karu     Ursus arctos

 

Despite the snowless winter the breeding season for brown bears in Estonian forests started already in December and it can still last  until February. About sixty bears have already or will bear cubs in that period.

Weather year 2019

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 14.01.2020 - 19:00

Written and read in Kuku radio by Kristel Vilbaste
Photos VikipeediA and Arne Ader
Estonian text  posted 28.12.2019

Climate discussions have become the most important issue for Europeans. And at a time when the decisions have already to be taken by politicians, not only by employees of the environmental protection agencies, much anger and controversy surround these.  But that something is happening to our globe is understandable even for a small child. The understanding starts with small details, the ability to look around to see how the other inhabitants of the planet live, or even those whom we meet each day in nature. I looked in my  notes about what in nature made my heart beat harder this year:

Famous common spruce

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 13.01.2020 - 10:23

Text and photos  Tiit Huntwww.rmk.ee
Estonian text posted 09.01.2020

The Tree of the Year 2020 is the common spruce (Picea abies), or more precisely in English the Norway spruce. For us here in the north it is so common that we simply leave the word ”common” out of its name and so familiar that it might even be boring. So for Christmas we may bring in something more exotic, such as a fir that has been grown god knows where.

Lumine kuusemets

Snowy spruce forest

Yet the spruce in all its shapes is so conspicuous in our nature and culture.

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