Summary Eesti Loodus 2017/2

 Summary

Estonian Nature enquires
Igor Tuuling doubts the uniqueness of Estonian boulders on the world scale.
Veljo Volke discusses the possibilities of improving the state of our forest birds.

The mammal of the year: Roe deer of Estonia
Peep Männil and Inga Jõgisalu introduce the habits of roe deer. The authors advise not to give the roe deer fodder during winter as this can increase the mortality of the deer.

Save the Pääsküla bog!
Urmas Jürivete is worried about the tendencies taking place at the last and only bog of the capital city area. The Pääsküla bog, located in the city boundaries of Tallinn, is losing its appearance as a bog and turning into a forest.

Which is the most lightening-rich place on Earth??
Sven-Erik Enno has looked at the newest data from satellites and has come to the conclusion that thunderstorms are most common in the northern part of South America.

The white nose syndrome of bats: fatal in America, but not in Europe
Oliver Kalda and Rauno Kalda write about a fungal disease associated with mass mortality of bats in America, but tolerated in Europe. The fungus is also present in Estonia.

The mysterious holes in the Limo dunes
Kaarel Lauk writes about strange vertical holes in the sand dunes of the Limo beach on the Ruhnu Island.

An Estonian location: Where are you located, small Vooremaa (Drumlin Field)?
Juhani Püttsepp takes the reader to the Türi drumlin field in Central Estonia, an unexpectedly hilly area between Türi and Paide.

Interesting Estonia: The Vanajõgi River at Hiiumaa
Indrek Rohtmets describes the valley of the Vanajõgi River, located in the western part of the Hiiumaa Island. The valley has created valuable habitats for several protected animal and plant species.

Interview: Ornithology is an important field of science in every era
Toomas Kukk has interviewed Olav Renno, an ornithologist.

Practical tips: How to portrait erratic boulders?
Urmas Tartes and Arne Ader share their advice on taking photos of erratic boulders, mighty landscape elements, and choosing the right pictures to illustrate a story.

Nature experience from the world: Meeting the world’s largest apes at Congo
Hendrik Relve went to Africa to see gorillas.

Estonian old-growth trees: A grand alder tree at Mustamäe, Tallinn
Tarmo Kiipli has found a grey alder which might be the thickest of alders in Estonia.

Letters from Mongolia, II: The journey to the Dukhas
Mati Kose introduces a community of Dukhas, the nomads living in the northern part of Mongolia. He takes a look at their everyday life and world view, which is based on respect for nature.

Tiit Kändler’s essay: The era of post-truth nature

Durian, a controversial king of fruits
Ülar Allas describes a tropical delicacy which, however, has a very distinct and loathsome smell.

Beaver, a reintroduced wild game
Mikk Männiste gives an overview of the status quo of our beavers, as well as of the duties and rights of landowners regarding the activities of beavers on one’s property. He adds a recipe tip, too: beaver meat is the best when smoked.