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Nature Monitoring : Crex Crex.

The National Park hosts some corn crakes for a short period time between spring and mid-summer.


The corn crake being listed in the Red book of Lithuania is subject of monitoring every two years. The rangers from the Nature Division have to cover 8 tracks. Each tracks may have in between 15 to 2O stops where Corncrakes can be heard.

Each monitoring lasts 3 hours, all the stops of the tracks are covered. These stops are recorded on a GIC and each times a Corn crake is heard, the rangers points it on the GIC as well as on the paper.

So far, Gitana, Saulius and Margot heard on the first night 16 corn crakes and 8 the second night. Sigitas has heard 9 birds within his 4 tracks.


WHERE AND HOW TO HEAR THE CORNCRAKES?

The best way to hear a corn crake is close to some ponds, rivers, marshes..They seems to love rainy days !!

Choose an open area : hills, meadows. Woods and trees can cover the birds sounds. A corn crake is easily hearable at about 6oo meters.

The best is to go at night. To listen well, place your two hands behind your ears, this will emphasize the sounds made by the birds. Remember that each monitoring requires a lot of patience !

As our ecologist says : ‘become a stone and then you’ll see what the wild has to give to you’

Good luck ;)

Nature monitoring : Heracleum sosnowskyi and Meloe.

The Nature division of the National park goes quite often on monitoring. Two weeks ago, Margot (savanore) and Sigitas (Nature division) went to the local park in order to check on a flowering plant : the Sosnowskyi hogweed.

This plant does not come from Lithuania but from the Caucase area. It was implented in Lithuania by scientist,willing to produce more grass as to feed the animals during the soviet times.


Unfortunately, they realised soon after how toxic was this plant : it regenerates very quickly all year long, it is also quite nocive for animals and to humans as well. When the plant blossoms in springtime, it may cause severe burns and photosensibility to anybody touching it.

Here is a sample of the growing plant, which once mature will get 2/3 meters high.

While looking for the plant, they also had the great pleasure to meet a Meloe on the way !

Meloes are quite rare in the National park hence the happiness expressed by Margot after such a discovery ;)

The Baltic Sea, in between Klaipeda and the Curonian Spit.

Into the West.

Aldona took us on a day trip along the West coast of Lithuania. We left Plateliai early in the morning to reach the Nemunos regional Park.

First we stopped in Šilutė and we had a quick look at the local architecture. We were told that because of the historical background, the town has a Catholic church as well as a Lutherian one. However, we were ‘shocked’ at the view of the Synagogue which is unoccupied since 1940.

91% of the Lithuanian Jewish were killed during the German occupation of Lithuania, that is almost all the Jews who had not managed to leave Lithuania and its whereabouts. This rate is one of the highest of the Holocaust….

NEMUNAS REGIONAL PARK


This regional park, facing the Curonian Spit, has got amazing landscapes : flooded meadows, rivers and deltas, beautiful sight seeing places on the Curonian Lagoon…


Also, this Park is well-known for hosting 2 ornithological protected areas of international and national renowned. On this day, a large amount of wilg gooses, storks, common cranes and many other species of birds were observed by our 4 travellers.

Unfortunately, no elks to be seen despites the signs on the road.. :(

The Curonian Lagoon ( the water is still, not salted), the old lighthouse and the ornithological station.

Vente Cape and bird watching.


Ventė Cape (Lithuanian: Ventės ragas; sometimes referred to as Ventė Horn or Ventė Peninsula) is a headland in Nemunas Delta, located in Šilutė district. It is known as a rest place for many birds during their migrations, particularly the autumn migration. One of the first bird ringing
stations in Europe, still in operation, was opened here by Tadas Ivanauskas in 1929.
Ventė Cape has a very impressive and long lasting history.the peninsula suffered from natural forces many times so buildings did not survive till nowadays despite the fact that structures were rebuilt several times – it finally appeared that waves and storms are stronger than human creation. The castle was sank and the wooden lighthouse built in the 1870’s was rebuilt with red bricks. In 1975 the spike of Ventė Cape was reconstructed, shored up and paved by boulders. That helped to protect
the Ventė Cape from permanent nature force attacks. Also a 250 m long pier was built which helps as an icebreaker in winter.


The ornithological station in Ventė Cape was established in 1929 by professor Tadas Ivanauskas as the peninsula is an ideal place for watching birds. One of the biggest bird migration ways extends
over the eastern shore of Baltic sea. Sometimes during September and October more than 3 million birds flies over the area per day! More than 70% of them turns to Curonian Lagoon and then about
30% choose the way crossing sky above the Ventė Cape. After establishing the Ventė Cape ornithological station approximately 60000-80000 birds are ringed per year. In order to understand
the mysterious features of birds migration and ringing, a little informative museum has been established there.

 the Ornithological station where birds are kept before to ring them.

A colony of wild goose (Gulbe) stopping by while flying to Northern regions : Russia, Scandinavia.


The Ventė Cape is worth visiting undoubtedly as it is a unique place where human may approach to nature life so close. Watching wonderful landscape from the more than 150 years old and 11 meters height review square and wondering how many birds fly over there such unimaginable long distances leaves a very big impression.

Behind us : Russia.

We’ve end up our trip by Klaipeda and Palanga.

The Baltic sea at the Dutchman’s cap.

Being a savanore also implies to save some little hedgehogs from a tragic death on the roads !

Being a savanore also implies to save some little hedgehogs from a tragic death on the roads !

Liveworts, Mosses and Lichens are typical plants that can be found in coniferous forests’ ground and trunks.

Zemaitija National Park.Šeirė nature path. Plateliai’s area.

LOGOKLIMA

Two classes from the 8th grade of Plateliai’s local school have decided to join the Logoklima's project.

Thanks to their creativeness and their involment into environmental issues, the pupils of the 8A and 8B grade have created more than 20 logos. On friday,3rd they have presented their logos, explaining the design and their personal point of view concerning the project and what is now the real meaning of ‘Environmental issues’.

After long talks, 6 logos we eventually chosen to represent the school, the National Park as well as the local community.

Class 8A and their Logos. 3 of their logos were chosen.

Pasaulis. One earth for one sun.

One of the student from the 8B class has introduce a very interesting and traditional concept in her logo.

She draw a planet almosr drowning in the flood and some sun beams upon it. Genuinely, I have asked her if she really thought the sun was responsible for the Ozone Layer. She looked at me and said she wanted to represent ‘Pasaulis’ : One unique sun for one unique earth for millions of guests : that is us.

Pasaulis' not only represents the Sun, the Earth but also Humanity and everything of what makes us Human : History, Religions, Human conditions etc…

Her logo was also chosen and because of its meaning, we deeply hope it will be representing the LOGOKLIMA project.

Zemaitija National park.

Plateliu ezero.