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Pushkarivsk Comprehensive School "Monitoring White Stork Populations"

Project: "Monitoring White Stork Populations"

Project creators: Pushkarivsk Comprehensive School, Levels I-II,
"Young Friends of the Stork" Club:

Svitlana Dmitrivna Dolya – Project Coordinator
Andriy Oleksandrovich Potomakha – Geography Teacher
Kristina Bondarenko
Vitalina Hevlich
Yelizobeta Lebid
Roman Lazarenko
Oleksandr Popela
Oleh Rozhchenko
Ruslan Tkachenko
Anna Yarunina
Mikhaylo Shulyak
Yuriy Parkhomenko
Anna Tkchenko
Mikola Chuyashenko
Oleksandr Kalina
Oleh Kudritskiy
Yuliya Pokotilova
Nataliya Snahoschenko
Oleksandr Turchenko
Svitlana Tsunenko
Volodimir Chepikov
Mariya Brahimova

Project duration: 2009-2014 (March-August)

Goal: To trace the change in the number of storks in the Bititskoyi Village district.

Objectives: To save storks, who by instinct, fly from the far south to settle in the Bititskoyi Village district.

Target audience: Pupils of Sumy regional Pushkarivsk Comprehensive School, Levels I-II.

Summary:           The White Stork - A Living Symbol of Ukraine

People have a special, sympathetic attitude towards storks, which are a kind of living symbol for Ukraine. Various regions in Ukraine have different names for the Stork: Leleka, Buzok, Chornohuz, Busol, Veselik, Botsyan, Hayster.

It is a large bird with long legs, neck and beak. Its plumage is white, with black on the stroke feathers and parts of the wing. When the stork stands, with its wings folded, it seems that its back is all black. Females and males have the same coloring, but the male is slightly larger and has a slightly longer, more massive bill. On the neck and chest, feathers are elongated. Storks build nests with collected branches. Over the years, nests continue to be built up and to increase in size.

In Bititskoyi Village district there are nine nests. This year, six nests were inhabited; the remaining three nests were empty. Storks returned home during the second half of March (19.03.09, 20.03.09, 24.03.09.). The males appeared first. They occupied nests, waiting for a potential partner, and driving away rivals. They leave it only to find food. The children monitored the Stork nests and talked about the brutal fighting. Storks protect not only the nest from rivals, but also the area around it – the nesting area. By occupying a nest, the white stork informs its rivals that the area is occupied, and also attracts females. The birds signal this with calls (a noisy cracking of the beak). The pose of the bird during its intensive mating call is very characteristic: head thrown back, tail raised, wings open, with feathers on the chest and neck sticking out. During the nesting season, storks meet with a long call to their partner. Often the birds make "Duets." But this call not just for mates; it is used to drive rivals away from the nest.

Eggs are laid over a period of time. At the same time, you can see hatchlings and sitting birds in one nest. Both birds sit on the eggs for about one month for hatching. How many chicks will grow? We’ll learn later.

The White stork – a symbol of peace, prosperity, happiness, motherhood glorified in song, and poetry. It always nests near people and is considered a sacred bird.

We are always happy to have Storks in our village. People say the storks bring spring on their wings.

Look at a stork white; he stands in the nest. Calmly, like a master, he looks at the yard, carefully watching over the nest and closely guarding his wife, careful owner and father of his offspring. We are comfortable and well, when the stork call is near.

Monitoring the White Stork Part 1
Monitoring the White Stork Part 2
Monitoring the White Stork Map

The Stork

Masha Ibrahimova

In our village there are many stork nests. We know that the stork is a symbol of family prosperity, happiness, a symbol of love for our native land. The yard where the stork nests, is happy. These black and white, handsome guys, by popular belief, also bring babies to the home; the stork is the symbol of the continuation of family.

One day with Kateryna I watched a couple of Storks, whose nest was on an electric pole near the House of Culture.

There sat a female and male. One stork always remains in the nest to protect it. As we stood and watched, we saw that when going for food they fly not more than one hour. We know when the storks start to lay eggs that males sit on eggs more than females (males slightly more than females). The female sometimes brings in its beak something for the male to eat, while he is in the nest with the eggs.

Storks are also tell the weather, when they screech, it’s going to rain.

Based on the observations of 10 May 2009

Hello, White Storks!

Volodimir Chepikov

On 20 March, at 3 pm, I saw the winged herald of spring, sitting on the nest near the House of Culture of Pushkarivsk Comprehensive School. I have long looked at this proud, great white bird. The next day, all students and teachers knew that the storks had arrived.

After lessons, we went to see Sasha at another nest, and saw a pair of storks that flew above the nest, located on a water tower near the farm. We know that when choosing a mate, storks remain faithful for life and every year they return to their homes. One welcomes the other with a long call, and its head back.

We were all happy about the arrival of the storks. All students greeted the high school biology teacher, S.D. Doli, excitedly telling of their meeting with these serious, elegant, clever birds.

Usually one stork arrives at the nest first, and then within a few days the second one arrives. The old stork nests, charted on a map by young ornithologists, come back to life. They are tested and fortified before arrival of the second stork. It is interesting to observe how the birds begin to repair their nests. They intertwine new branches and fasten them in a certain way so no wind get through. Storks use not only branches, but rags, paper, etc.

Members of "Young Friends of the Stork" closely observed each stork nest.

In Bititskoyi Village district there are nine nests. Some of them are still unoccupied.

When we witness a stork gliding high, we see that the birds can go quite a long time without a single wing stroke.

Based on the observations of 20 March 2009

Hello to the White Stork

Svitlana Tsunenko

I eagerly awaited arrival of the storks, because they are my favorite birds. When I was little, I always asked my mother where I came from.

Mom answered that I was brought by the stork. I thought if a stork brought me, then he is my relative and I should respect and love him. This is a legend, that now I don’t believe, but my love for the beautiful birds remains and will stay with me forever. And finally, the long-awaited guests arrived. I was very happy to see them. A week after landing, the female was sitting on her eggs. I saw a male who brought a gift - it was a frog for the female. It began to savor the just caught frog. I looked at them and thought – it’s love!

Based on the observations of 5 May 2009