The international environmental organization BirdLife awarded the Belarusians the title of “Nature’s Hero” – wildlife defenders.
Not all heroes wear capes!
Three Belarusian heroes, Vladimir Ivanovsky, Mikhail Ermolich and Nikolai Vorobei were awarded the prestigious title on Saturday, January 27.
All of them are members of the local public organization “Ahova Ptushak Batskaushchyny” whose work for protection of wildlife was assessed as selfless and outstanding.
Who are they?
Vladimir Ivanovsky, the dedicated ornithologist who has been studying birds for 50 years.
He climbs tall trees in the forests and swamps to check the state of the population of birds of prey, and sets artificial nests for them.
The second defender is the senior state inspector of the protection of flora and fauna of the Turov interdistrict inspection Mikhail Ermolich.
In spring last year, he detained a group of foreign poachers who fired ducks during the breeding season, and fined them for €75,000.
Shortly afterwards, the illegal spring hunting in the Pripyat region stopped.
The third national hero is a photohunter and BSU biological faculty graduate Nikolai Vorobei.
In 2010, he was seriously shot when trying to detain a poacher in the Vygonoshchansky reserve.
Who is BirdLife International?
BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversityю
It works with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
There are 121 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing.
The organisation is driven by the belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet.