The Institute of Nature Conservation in Krakow, Polish Academy of Sciences, invites applications for two research assistant positions within the project “The ecology of human-wildlife conflicts: disentagling the drivers of brown bear (Ursus arctos) damages at the biogeographical, population and individual level”. More information here or at the website www.iop.krakow.pl.
- Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 10:13
- Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 21:48
Among the countries of the Carpathian Mountains range, Ukraine is the only one without a compensation system for brown bear damages. This has partly led to a limited knowledge on the extent of human-bear conflicts in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Thanks to the "Experience and Exchange" IBA Grant and the hospitality and help of our Ukrainian colleagues, preliminary data on bear damages in Ukraine have been collected during this summer. Interviews and questionnaires have been conducted among foresters, rangers, farmers and national park staff in the areas of Uzhanski and Skolivs’ki Beskydy National Nature Parks. The preliminary results show that since 2008 the damages caused by bears to livestock, beehives and agriculture per year have been rare. The low incidence of damages in the area may be related to the low bear density, the small livestock numbers and the location of agricultural activities close the human settlements. These preliminary investigations on the patterns of bear damages in Ukraine have established the beginning of the future cooperation between researchers in Ukraine and Poland regarding the conservation of this transboundary bear population.
- Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:07
Water is a precious resource for animals, especially during hot weather. Brown bears are especially sensitive to heat and often rest during the warmest hours. They also love to take baths. Beaver lakes seem to be an attractive swimming pool. We recorded such bathing trips to beaver lakes during field inspections of the GPS-locations of our collared bears. Now, a nice video has been posted at the “Dzien Dobry Bieszczady” facebook page. A unique and interesting documentation is offered by the series “Ukryte Oko”, based on the material from fauna monitoring with phototrapping in the Bieszczady National Park. The chapter II of the series shows how different bears use a forest pond. Enjoy it!
- Created on Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:10
- Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 11:48
Next Wednesday it will start the XIII Science Festival in Krakow, devoted this year to the “Faces of the water”. It is the first time that the Institute of Nature Conservation IOP PAN participates in this event. The second day of the festival (16 may), bears will have a special booth where our research and results will be shown. All interested people are much welcome! The detailed program of the festival at IOP PAN can be downloaded HERE.