The mountain rescue service in the Jeseníky Mountains in the north-east of the Czech Republic has declared a third-degree avalanche alert on a five point scale. Strong winds and up to thirty centimetres of fresh snow over the past few days are reported to have created a highly unstable layer of snow on many slopes. Skiers have been warned not to take risks or stray from marked trails
Ski resorts around the Czech Republic are witnessing one of the worst snow seasons on record, and according to long-term predictions by Czech climate experts, we can expect even less snow in the future. While the skiing season in the country’s mountains will be considerably shorter, white winters in the low-lying parts of the Czech Republic will soon become a distant memory.
Officials from Dvůr Králové zoo and other international organisations have announced fresh progress in efforts to save the northern white rhino, of which only two remain alive. They have now created a third embryo that would be carried by another subspecies and the next step will be to identify suitable surrogates. I spoke to Dvůr Králové’s Jan Stejskal, who is coordinating efforts to preserve the northern white rhino.
As bushfires continue to ravage large swathes of Australia, people across the world are donating money to help in the relief efforts. This is also the case in the Czech Republic, where millions of crowns have been raised through various institutional and individual pledges. The Prague Zoo alone has raised more than CZK 4,7 million to help local fauna.
Raccoon dog, crayfish plague or the giant hogweed - these are just some of the hundreds of invasive animal and plant species that have been intensively spreading in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe over the past years, causing substantial damages to local ecosystems. Seeking to address the problem, the Czech cabinet has just approved a draft bill aimed at regulating the number of invasive species in the Czech Republic. Similar legislation is in effect in other EU member states.
The second ever public bird census got underway in the Czech Republic on Friday. The citizen science project invites people to observe birds alighting on the feeders in their gardens or parks, identify the different species and send the findings to the Czech Ornithological Society’s website. Apart from popularizing ornithology, the project aims to collect as much data about the country’s common birds as possible.
Georgia has many natural wonders and caves are one of the country’s as yet largely undiscovered attractions. The Georgian authorities are keen to make these karst areas accessible to tourists while protecting the country’s natural heritage. However, the lack of money and relevant expertise has prevented them from fully harnessing this potential. The Czech Development Agency has stepped in to help with the aid of experts from the Cave Administration of the Czech Republic.
The Prague Zoo has gone a long way since being hit by severe floods in 2002 and has become one of the best zoos in the world, according to some international rankings. Its range of attractions will expand next year through the opening of a special Darwin Crater Pavilion housing species from the Tasmania and Australia.
Fruit trees have been a common feature in the Czech and Moravian landscape for centuries. However, in the past decades, traditional orchards and fruit tree alleys have been disappearing at an alarming rate. A Brno-based initiative, called Pecky z Moravy, or Moravian Fruit Stones, aims to reverse this trend by collecting tree seeds and planting them in the countryside.
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