On 11 January, the Day of Nature Reserves and National Parks is celebrated in Russia. The tradition was founded in 1997 by the Centre for Wildlife Conservation and the World Wildlife Fund.
Galichya Gora is the only nature reserve in the world belonging to a university. It is well-known both in Russia and abroad. Its history goes back to 1925. It was initially a part of the Yelets local history museum. In 1936, Galichya Gora was handed over to Voronezh State University. Since then, the flora and fauna of the area have been extensively studied by VSU’s botanists, zoologists, and geologists.
The nursery for carnivorous birds opened in 1990 by a research fellow, Petr Dudin, is extremely popular with visitors. Rare and endangered bird species registered in the Red Book of Russian Federation are bred at the nursery. At present there are saker falcons, peregrine falcons, imperial eagles, golden eagles, and other species at the nursery. In February 2014, in the United Arab Emirates a saker falcon, which had been bred in the nursery for carnivorous birds at Voronezh State University’s Galichya Gora nature reserve, took first place in the international falcon championship organised by the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing of Dubai.
From 5 to 20 falcons are released into their natural habitats every year. Some of the older birds – falcons and owls – live at the reserve. There are special facilities for them, and all the visitors of the reserve can see these beautiful birds.
We congratulate everyone who works at the reserve and wish them all the luck with their projects and plans!