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Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: How birches seed

Submitted by Looduskalender on Thu, 09.08.2018 - 22:06

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio

Photos: Arne Ader and Vello Keppart

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 26.07.2018


Birch catkins

Did you notice, how toward the end of last week birches suddenly turned yellow? Normally at this time of the year birches get just yellow streaks in their green dos.

Some birches are already totally autumn-yellow. That, however, does not mean, that somehow the autumn will arrive earlier, it just means that birches are very sensitive to drought and water shortage. Drought is forcing some trees to drop their yellow leaves already.

Also the bird cherry (aka hackberry) is already autumnally red, we can find the first deep-red leaves on the footpaths and the trees themselves look unexpectedly bare. The bird cherry is the first tree to show us the signs of fall.

Elistvere female lynx has three kittens!

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 09.08.2018 - 09:24

ilves Elistveres

Elistvere lynx. There are still no photos of the three lynx kittens, two months old, in the ElistvereAnimalPark. But since the kittens by now are big enough to move around more in the fold we will surely soon be able to show some delightful images. 
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar

Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 01.08.2018
English translation Liis 


Looduskalendr in Vikerraadio: Ladybird

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 08.08.2018 - 22:04

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio.

Photo: Urmas Tartes

Translation into English by Maret 

Estonian text posted 24.07.2018

Seitsetäpp-lepatriinud joovad põldohaka mahla

Seven-spot ladybirds drinking the nectar of a creeping thistle

thistle We keep hearing from Pärnumaa (a county on the west coast of Estonia - M.), that the seaside is thick with ladybirds and the question is: what is causing this unprecedented occurrence?

People, who have frequented seasides know, that ladybirds by the seaside are not really such a rare happening. I remember well, that the year before I started school, I played with ladybirds on the beach at Kabli, and that all the beach dunes, bigger rocks and the tips of the reeds were full of them. When a tall wave happened to roll in, it was coloured red with ladybirds.

Looduskalender in Vikerraadio: Who is in the camera?

Submitted by Looduskalender on Wed, 08.08.2018 - 22:00

The author, Kristel Vilbaste, also presents texts in Vikerraadio

Photos: members of LK forum

Translation into English by Maret

Estonian text posted 25.07.2018

Every year in July there are unusual things happening. For example a white-tailed eagle will come to Kütiorg to show off her nestling from this spring, Or I see a black stork flying over my car in the middle of the day.

Past are the months, where big birds were hiding in their nests, away from humans by all means. They were keeping their offspring in secret.

During the summer we were able to see them only with the help of the cameras, that had been placed by their nests by the Looduskalender staff.

Kotkaperekond tegutseb läheduses, linde on nii kuulda, kui näha

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