Although it is already late May, we cannot avoid the impression, that our bisons are still experiencing the spring “euphoria”. Today, they received a suprise in the form of birch branches put in a feeder and on the run. Knocking over, throwing, chewing and frolicking: folly mood could not end for a long time. Unfortunately, they were not eager to pose :)
After last events a bison called Pyra had to imediately leave the previous place of stay. On 27.04.2015 according to the decision of Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Szczecin there were carried out immobilisation and transportation of the animal to another place – enclosure of Benek Association in Szewce near Poznań. In spite of difficult land conditions action was a success. Pyra, although in advanced age, went through immobilisation quite well. We hope that he would be satisfied in his new home and live long until the calm old age.
W zeszłą sobotę – 25.04.2015 odbyły się pierwsze warsztaty dla lokalnej społeczności na temat społecznej akceptacji żubrów i minimalizacja szkód wyrządzonych przez żubry w ramach projektu ” Dywersyfikacja i rozwój populacji żubrów w północno-zachodniej Polsce”. Zajęcia cieszyły się sporym zainteresowaniem, zarówno starszych jak i młodszych uczestników. Wykład dotyczył historii rozwoju populacji żubrów zachodniopomorskich oraz działalności Zachodniopomorskiego Towarzystwa Przyrodniczego. Uczestnicy mieli okazję poznać nasze żubrowe działania w obrębie województwa Zachodniopomorskiego. Ponadto, naszych gości czekał poczęstunek, a po zakończonym wykładzie wspólnie zwiedzaliśmy zagrodę. Atrakcją dla gości była możliwość nakarmienia żubra z “ręki” i dokładnego obejrzenia “króla lasu” z niewielkiej, acz bezpiecznej odległości.
The newest telemetry data show that Lucky Chap is continuing his journey towards south-east. Currently he is staying between Bydgoszcz and Inowroclaw. The wolf has been moving so far mainly between forest areas to the north from Zlotow and Pila. Later, he rapidly turned towards south to Bydgoszcz Forest crossing Bydgoszcz canal twice. When observing transmitted signals, we hoped that he would go towards Bydgoszcz Forest because of presence of wolves on those areas. Suprisingly, he turned back near Nowa Wielka Wies. Data show that the wolf wandered near forest area near labiszyn crossing Notec river. It is hard to say why he did so. The areas he crossed near Bydgoszcz were rather unfavourable by exposing the animal too much to people. In Bydgoszcz Forest itself there had been encountered at least one pack of wolves – Lucky Chap could enter a territory of one of them and this might bring a retreat. We are waiting for next data.. :)
Lucky Chap is a wolf that we released from a snare. We gave to him this charming name and installed telemetry collar in order to monitor his further movements. Lucky Chap has started sending data to us since the beginning, so we now know that he quickly got back to his pack and stayed in previous home range area within Drawsko Forest Inspectorate. At the beginning of April the wolf surprised us, because he left his pack and set off for individual trip. The loner is probably looking for a new territory and alpha female that he could make a new pack with. Last data show that Lucky Chap is moving towards East. We appeal for looking out for a wolf with a collar and sending information about him to us. We also hope that the wolf would not fall victim to human actions again. From our side we promise to keep informing You about his movements and meanwhile we have made a new map depicting his journey through data from his telemetry collar available :)
The earth has greened again. The sun awakens flora and fauna to life with its touch. After long winter months bisons impaqtiently awaiting for first ray of the spring sun. For them this is basically a time for intense feeding up after the winter. Herds are going away from feeders and wandering around looking for fresh grasses. Last year’s calves are going through compensation of growth now. The abundance of high protein sources of food makes calves grow fast and get similar to mature individuals. Spring is also the time of losing winter undercoat. Sheding hair happens gradually. It starts near neck and spreads all over their body. Bulls in this time stays away herds intensely gaining weight by devouring vast amounts of grass. Younger bulls stay in small bachelor groups while older ones prefer to live singly. They would get back to the main herd aroud late summer when there starts mating season. April and may is the time of first deliveries, so we can start looking out for toddlers hiding between legs of their protective mothers.