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The winter guarding for 2022 has been successfully completed

The winter guarding for 2022 has been successfully completed

Over the last four weekends, thanks to our volunteers, we were able to visit key winter shelters of important colonies in the municipalities of Asenovgrad and Peshtera. Тhe caves and the beautiful nature around them are attractive and they are often visited by people.

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Cave guarding

Cave guarding

During the cold months bats fall into a unique physiological state called hibernation. Their heart rate and breathing decrease, excretory processes and movements are minimal and their body temperature drops. That’s how they survive the period when there is no food.

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Winners from “Watering place with history” competition

Winners from “Watering place with history” competition

Totally we got 401 drawings and 146 stories! That is what students from all parts of Bulgaria and Bulgarian schools abroad sent to us for the first edition of the Watering place with history competition. We want to sincerely thank all the participants and their teachers for the great interest, the efforts and mostly – for the wonderful works all of you shared with us! When we started the competition, we did not expect that we would get so many quality creations. In recent weeks in the Science for Nature Foundation’s office that was the main topic of conversation. We...

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Eastern Rhodopes’ Racing 2021

Eastern Rhodopes’ Racing 2021

We successfully held the first dog friendly mountain running competition in Bulgaria. The ultramarathon took place on October 23rd in the mountain hills of Eastern Rhodopes, which welcomed 42 runners and 7 four-legged friends.

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International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

For another year, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated the International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo. The event took place on October 9 and despite the bad weather, it was a day full of positive emotions and sunny smiles. Young and old had the chance to ask their questions and learn about bats conservation and what to do when meeting them.

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Mark a watering place, we will run water

Mark a watering place, we will run water

Watering places are part of the Bulgarian culture and traditions. In the past the watering places were spots where old and young gathered, the first meetings of lovers were there. Wealthy people donated money for building of watering places. Many of them were used for irrigation of the livestock (cows, goats, etc.). Every watering place has its own story, be it a love story or a memory of a loved one. These days many watering places, which has been a social life center for Bulgarians, are facing destruction. That is why the Science for Nature Foundation had started a campaign...

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Cave guardians

Cave guardians

Caves are one of the key shelters for bats in Bulgaria, but many of them are subject to vandalism. This has a negative impact on bats, because they are extremely sensitive animals and in case of disturbance they leave their shelters. During the winter bats are really helpless, because in Bulgaria they hibernate (they sleep through the winter). In this physiological condition their heart rate slows from over 400 to around 10 beats per minute and their body temperature drops to 0 – 10 °С. For this reason, if they are suddenly awakened, they could not fly and they would...

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International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

International Bat Night at Sofia Zoo

This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated International Bat Night on the territory of Sofia Zoo. The event took place on 10 October and young and old learned interesting facts about bats life, their association with COVID-19 and why they shouldn’t be afraid.

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International Bat Night at the town of Madzharovo

International Bat Night at the town of Madzharovo

This year, too, the Science for Nature Foundation celebrated the International Bat Night with the aim to protect bats and spread knowledge on their important role. The event took place on 6th September at the Eastern Rhodopes Nature Conservation Center in the town of Madzharovo. At the event we put an information stand, where everybody had the opportunity to ask their questions and to take pictures with thematic models, which help spread a good cause. The visitors were informed about the alternative shelters for bats – bat houses, and the chance to take part in placing them on the trees.

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International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave and Yagodinska Cave

International Bat Night at Devil’s Throat Cave and Yagodinska Cave

For another year, Science for Nature Foundation organized the International Bat Night in order to promote the important role of bats in nature and their conservation. The event took place in two caves, Devil’s Throat and Yagodinska Cave – home of some of the largest bat colonies in Bulgaria. On August 22 the event was held in front of the Devil’s Throat Cave, and on August 23 – in front of the Yagodinska Cave. 

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