“Reserves of Taimyr” presented a unique book “Wildlife of Taimyr” last weekend

Summer! How we look forward! A rare Norilsk resident does not go out of town in the summer. And walking among the fast-growing tundra, listening to the birdsong and meeting the numerous animal footprints, many are curious to learn the correct names of the representatives of all this diversity. Where can I find information about an unprecedented fragrant flower or find out if we have elk and lynx? And how many questions arise from the northernmost territories of the Taimyr. For example, who lives in the cold coastal waters and why does the deer tend to the north every spring? Now the answers are easy to find. You do not want to be frustrated if you cannot get the right pitch so invest in a good capo. The peninsula is approaching!

The “Reserves of Taimyr” presented the monograph “Wildlife of Taimyr”. The book is based on the invaluable scientific experience gained by scientists from the Far North Institute of Agriculture and the Taimyr Stocks. It contains more than half a century of scientific research experience. The book features the natural habitats, flora and fauna of the peninsula – a large northern territory of Russia, a “mini-model” of the Arctic. The pages of the publication describe more than 50 species of animals and birds, as well as the ecosystem in which they live. Separate sections are dedicated to the current state of populations of hunting and commercial species, to their economic use and protection.

An entire chapter of the book is devoted to protected species of birds and animals – all 14 of which are listed in the Red Book. Among them, I would like to single out the bighorn sheep in particular, for the sake of which the Putoransky reserve was created. Readers can also be convinced that unicorns do not just exist in fairy tales and legends. They live in the great latitudes of the Arctic Ocean and are called narwhals. The Taimyr symbol, the red goose, is described in great detail. But the authors did not ignore Taimyr’s smallest goose – the smallest white-fronted goose. But thanks to this bird, the project “Let’s Save the Birds of Taimyr” is implemented in Norilsk, from which the bird observer movement has developed.

According to Konstantin Prosekin, director of Taimyr Reserves, it was originally planned to be written only for animals. But it would be wrong to talk about them and not describe their habitat, so we added a large block to the Taimyr flora. Particular attention is paid to the information about the great biological experiment of the 20th century – the re-climate of the ox calf in Taimyr. Undoubtedly, only an expert who was selflessly dedicated to his professional task, such as the biological candidate Grigory Dmitrievich Yakushkin, co-author of this book, could convey all the beauty and depth of ideas about the ox calf.

This book can be considered the second edition. The first was released in 2011 in 200 copies, with black and white photographs and almost the same enthusiasm of the authors. We realized that this was a drop in the ocean of information gap of the inhabitants of Taimyr in the field of knowledge about the nature of the territory. And somehow Gregory Yakushkin asked me to make every effort and republish this work. “In memory of him and my teachers and guides in the natural world – wonderful scientists, biologists and hunters Boris Pavlov, Vitaly Ziryanov and Lev Mitsurin – I have fulfilled my promise.”

Many questions arose from the audience after Leonid Alexandrovich’s presentation speech, including the topic that was closer to the Doctor of Biology. Such, of course, was the chapter on wild reindeer. He has been studying this topic for 50 years and defended his doctoral dissertation on it. At the same time, the scientist clarified that the population of the Taimyr deer is declining catastrophically, today it is about 200 thousand heads. And we can completely lose this wonderful animal. Leonid Kolpashchikov sees one of the solutions to the problem in the complete ban on hunting for several years. According to him, it is necessary to achieve population growth in the optimal number – 500 thousand heads. And further, once reindeer hunting is allowed, it is necessary to return to the efficient production system of the Soviet period. Then the fishery was systematized, it had a scientific approach, the productivity of the population was checked and recorded.

Thanks to modern technologies, the guests of the presentation saw and heard other authors. A video message to the readers was sent from the mainland by a geobotanologist, candidate of biological sciences Elena Pospelova and a zoologist, landscape expert Igor Pospelov. They talked about their many years of work in the open spaces of the peninsula and congratulated the people of Norilsk for the appearance of a very necessary and useful book.

At the same time, as noted by the president of the Taimir Explorers Club, books about Norilsk are special editions, regardless of their circulation. For a long time, works were published at the request of a politician or an industrialist. And only in the last decade have books started to be printed at the request of the people. This is exactly the “Wildlife of Taimyr”.

– The monograph is also important in terms of environmental education. With its help, residents will be able to expand their knowledge of the world around them. It is also useful for school children, for example, in writing essays in geography or biology lessons. Although traffic is light, copies are already available at the City Central Library and Polar State University. Also, those who wish have the opportunity to buy a book for a personal library. To do this, you can contact the office of “Reserves of Taimyr” on the street. Kirova, 24. But I repeat, the traffic is small, you may not have time to get it “, shared her secret Maria Prosekina, head of the environmental education and tourism department at Taimyr Reserves.

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