Team Eye of the Bear: Volunteer programs are running and the intervention team is counting on us
At the end of June, another volunteer program was successfully carried out as part of the Eye of bear monitoring program. This time it was a little different compared to the previous ones.
Each program includes evening screenings, lectures and debates led by our monitoring team, always on a different topic related to our activities. Now we managed to organize the lecture every evening, thanks to which the volunteers learned about all our activities from Sumatra to Costa Rica. We consider this to be a very important part of the whole program so that the volunteers involved understand the importance of our activities on a global scale and also manage to put into context the Slovak program, of which they are a direct part at the moment.
As for the results themselves from the trail cameras, we have had several successes. In an area where the construction of fenced fields for hunting animals is still planned, we have recorded for the fourth time the movement of the brown bear(Ursus arctos),which is very valuable and high-quality data for us, but also for the SNP (State nature protection) of SR, which is trying to enforce a ban on the construction of this field, which we immediately handed over to the relevant collaborators from the administration of the Štiavnice Hills.
Last but not least, volunteers also participated in mapping and checking of the hunting facilities, especially places where wildlife is regularly fed in violation of applicable law. Another volunteer program, which is already fully booked, awaits us at the end of August, when our main task will be to deploy trail cameras to new locations and develop a strategy for monitoring deer mating season.
The cooperation agreement with the SNP of SR on audiovisual monitoring in kremnica mountains should expire at the end of 2021. So far, however, it looks like it will be successfully extended by at least two years based on quality results and active field activity in the field of reporting illegal activities. Likewise, an official cooperation agreement between the Forest For Children and the Intervention team for brown bear , should be drawn up soon, consisting of documenting individual call outs, personnel assistance during the call outs themselves and monitoring individual synanthropic bears with the help of trail cameras.
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