Brown hares running around

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 12.02.2019 - 12:49

Photos  Peep Käspre and Vello Keppart

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 06.02.2019

Brown hare; European hare     Halljänes      Lepus europaeus

The season has arrived when the brown hares begin to take an interest in the fruit trees in gardens. The thaw created a new and load-bearing layer on the snow that is covered by a fresh snow layer – all traces of activities nicely visible.


VIDEO: Busy in the forest and action tracks

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 07.02.2019 - 15:12

Video Ahto Täpsi

English translation Liis

Estonian text posted 03.02.2019


Somehow I wouldn’t like to reveal the bird species in action here. For experienced birdwatchers it is easy.

But to find a definite answer identification help might be useful: LINK  (winter garden bird images and names in Estonian; translations of names here)

What benefits do humans get from predators?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 05.02.2019 - 00:46

For forest owners , the control of wild herbivore populations by predators is helpful.
Photo: Sergei Gorškov,
Estonian text posted by the Team of the Animal of the Year 03.02.2019
English translation Google Translate

The utility of large carnivores for the entire ecosystem is quite clear to all. For humans, predators are generally still considered a problem. However, a study published by Australian and US scientists in Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2018 was specifically dedicated to pointing out the benefits that humans receive from the presence of wild predators.


VIDEO: Roe deer must struggle to get food this year

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 04.02.2019 - 11:47

Video recorded and saved by  Ahto Täpsi
English translation Liis

Estonian text  posted 02.02.2019



Roe deer          Metskits or kaber         Capreolus capreolus


The snow cover is thick and has become layered from the intermediate thaws;  layers of ice have remained in the snow. The snowfall and thaw at the weekend do not make the life of roe deer easier. The ice layers already damage their legs. It takes time and energy to get to the food and a sleeping place for the night must be dug out down to the ground – otherwise the deer may get pneumonia.

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