The exhibition “The Wild World of the Eastern Rhodopes" is in Burgas, at the Black Sea coast! Inhabitants and guests of the town can see it from today (18 September) to midst of October in the Natural History Museum (Burgas, 30 Fotinov St).
“The Wild World of the Eastern Rhodopes" presents images of breathtaking landscapes, wonderful mammals, rare birds and reptiles, beautiful flowers and elusive insects. One of the highlights is the picture of wild horses Tarpans which were resettled again in the Eastern Rhodopes in 2011 by New Thracian Gold project.
The nature of the Eastern Rhodopes is one the richest and best preserved in Europe: its flora includes 1962 plant and its fauna 4329 animal species. Eight famous Natura 2000 sites cover the best nature hotspots in the Eastern Rhodopes. This region is the only breeding location for the Griffon Vulture in Bulgaria and the most important breeding area for the globally threatened Egyptian vulture in the Balkan peninsula. The area is one of the best strongholds for the wolf, jackal and the otter in Bulgaria. The Brown Bear started to recolonize the mountain in recent years.
The intention of the exhibition is to show the beauty of those wild wonders to a wide audience, to bring nature into people’s heart.
A selection of the photos in the exhibition is included in the recently released Crossbill Guidebook to the Eastern Rhodopes for nature lovers, birdwatchers and eco-tourists.
“The wild world of the Eastern Rhodopes” is organized by New Thracian Gold – Bulgaria Foundation in cooperation with Crossbill Guides Foundation and Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation with the media partnership of Vesti.bg.
So far, the exhibition has been successfully presented in Sofia, Kardzhali, Blagoevgrad, in the Visitor and Tourist Information Center of National park Rila and in the Directorate of National Park Belasitsa.
The official opening is on 19.09.2013 (Thursday), 5 pm in the Natural History Museum – Burgas.
Over 10 species of gulls can be found in Bulgaria. Of these the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=nathist&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=fauna&eid=110]Mediterranean Yellow-legged Gull[/url] or "glarus" as it is called in Bulgarian, is the most widespread. Like all species of gulls, it has a very interesting biology and behavior as well as very complex taxonomy. Already several times scientists altered the name and its status. A team of the Natural-history department by Regional History Museum in Burgas, has set itself the task to unravel the complex picture of its migration.
We are all used to see seagulls all around us and take them for granted, but in fact we know so little about them.
As typical marine species, gulls nest on a rocky coasts, lakes and islands by the Black Sea coast. In the past century, however, the birds found that cities offer many convenient places for breeding, the food resources available all year around and no natural enemies. Therefore, some seagulls began to nest on the roofs of houses and the population of this species split. Today, many more birds settled in the coastal cities and only few pairs stay on the hard, rocky places away from the towns.
The Islands of St. John and St. Peter near Sozopol are home to the largest colony of Mediterranean yellow-legged gulls in Bulgaria, located on the old natural nesting sites. Each year between 500-700 pairs nest on this place. In July and August the young birds leave the islands and embark on its first flight. Initially, they just wander among the places where they eat and rest.
Young gulls reach sexual maturity first at the third or fourth year. Until then, they wander over long distances. Carried away by flocks of other species of seagulls, they leave Bulgarian territory and circling around the neighbour countries. After 2-3 years they return to the places where they were born to find a partner and raise a generation.
But where were they wandering during those years, which places they visited, how many young birds fail to return to their homeland? All these questions tease the curiosity of scientists. Universal method of studying bird migrations is the marking with metal rings, which have a code unique for each bird. Thus, by the re-capture, finding or seeing a marked bird the scientists receive information about its movement and life span. Therefore, the tagging of young gulls on the island of St. John began 10 years ago. Unfortunately, little information is returned.
Since 2012, the Regional Museum of Burgas is working on a project for the tagging of gulls from the island of St.John with plastic colored rings. The unique code on these rings can be easily read with binoculars or on a picture of the bird taken with a camera without the need to re-capture it. Although in the first year of the project the ringed birds were only about 400, the reports that scientists gathered in one year are more than all the previous years. Our birds were detected repeatedly in Ukraine, Turkey and in various places on the Bulgarian coast. In June 2013 the staff of the museum joined volunteers from the archaeological and nature conservation society TERA - Burgas, FPS "Green Balkans" and the Bulgarian Ornithological Centre. More than 485 small gulls were marked, using the new blue rings with white code, consisting of combinations of letters and numbers. Soon the birds will leave the island and take on their way.
Every observation of bird with blue ring is very important in order to uncover the secret of the gull's ordeals. Probably the first people to see the ringed birds will be the residents and guests of Sozopol.
If you see such a bird, try to read the code on the ring or send us a picture. The team of the Natural-history department of Regional Museum Burgas awaits any information.
Dr. Svetla Dalakchieva,
Tel: +359 56 843 239
On 24 August 2013, from 16 hours in the Historical exposition in Burgas (Lermontov St. 31) the debut book of Bella Benova - "Along the path of breathing light" will be presented in front of the public.
[url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/uploads/pdfs/bela-benova-po-putya-na-pulsirashtata-svetlina.pdf]Summary, portfolio of the author and a brief excerpt from the book >> download
On 24 and 25 August all four expositions of Regional museum Burgas will participate in the Children's Fair 2013, organized by Easyart in partnership with the Municipality of Burgas and Foundation "America for Bulgaria".
From 10:00 to 17:00 this weekend, every child in Burgas will be able to visit for free all 4 museum expositions in the city. The little discoverers will be searching for the treasures of the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=arch&page=home&lang=en]Archaeological (Burgas, blvd. Aleko Bogoridi 21)[/url] and [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=hist&page=home&lang=en]Historical Museum (Lermontov St. 31)[/url] as well as taking part on the following workshops:
At the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=ethno&page=home&lang=en]Ethnographic Museum (Slavyanska St. 69)[/url]
- Weaving of tile
- Knitting bracelets
- Putting on a cardboard doll in traditional costume
- Photography - photos in an authentic traditional interior
At the [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=nathist&page=home&lang=en]Natural History Museum (Fotinov St. 30)[/url]
- Minerals and signs
The Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising of August 1903 was an organized revolt against the Ottoman Empire, which was prepared and carried out by the Secret Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization. The British researcher of the Balkans H. N. Brailsford wrote in his book Macedonia: Its Races and Their Future: "The moment for which the Bulgarian population had been preparing for ten years arrived on the festival of the Prophet Elijah's day — the evening of Sunday, August the 2nd, 1903." At the same time on the other end of the SMARO's territory, in Eastern Thrace, the leaders of the Adrianople Vilayet comitajis, had unanimously agreed that they were not ready for uprising, but out of a feeling of solidarity, had voted for a rising. So in Strandzha the rising had begun on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 19, 1903.
Already a month has past since the beginning of the 6th season of intensive research on the key archaeological site of Burgas Municipality [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=home&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=poi&eid=24]Aquae Calidae[/url] - Terma, located in the district Burgaski mineralni bani.
The beginning of systematic archaeological research was set in 2008 by the deceased Director of the Regional History Museum (RIM) in Burgas - the archaeologist Tsonya Drazheva(1954-2013). Six years after its start, the excavations are concentrated east and south to the bath, built by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the mid 16th century. The archeological research is funded once again by the Municipality of Burgas, which makes it possible to complete the full archaeological survey of the area.
The archaeological research is conducted by the Regional museum of Burgas with a survey team lead by Head of Arch. study Dr. Dimtcho Momtchilov, Deputy. Head Miroslav Klasnakov (RIM Burgas), archeologists: Stefan Bakardzhiev and Yavor Rusev from RIM Yambol, trainees from the Burgas University "Prof. Zlatarov", Shumen University "Bishop Konstantin of Preslav" and Plovdiv University "Paysiy Hilendarsky".
Although the construction of the Turkish bath and the subsequent extensions in the early and mid-20th century have destroyed and reused valuable construction materials (processed stone square) of the ancient bath, the archaeologists dig is currently at the depth of 4.5 to 5.5 - 6.0 m, at which have been found the remains of the first bath, built in the Roman era in the early second century. They are fully in line with the findings from 2012, when the archeologists revealed for the first time a monumental Roman architecture, unseen on the Southern Black Sea coast.
The dig continues in a thick layer of the most significant fire in the public bath from the beginning of the 13th century (1206) preserving the memory of the devastation of the medieval Bulgarian bath caused by the troops of Henry, brother of the Latin Emperor Baldwin, who lead the campaign against the Bulgarian ruler Kaloyan. In these layers the archeologists found numerous fragments of pottery as well as coins from the 11-12 century.
These year's findings already exceeded the expectations of the researcher team. Among the finds are more than 50 coins, most from the middle of the fourth century, anonymous folises from the 11th century and especially from the 12-13 century. Found were many bronze rings, mace, silver pendant from the 11th century with the image of St. George, a gold earring from the Ottoman period, exquisitely decorated with pearls.
The archaeological excavations of the public bath, which existed in Roman, Byzantine and Bulgarian times, as well as the partial restoration of the Turkish bath are part of the ambitious program of Burgas Municipality for the full exposition of this unique for the Bulgarian lands archaeological site.
From 5 August 2013 to the end of the month the Natural History exposition of Burgas will be host to the exhibition "Meadow of patches."
For the third time the museum is hosting an event of the initiative Planetlife International in partnership with the Bulgarian foundation for Biodiversity and the Ecological Organization Rodopi. In this way our city became part of the art and eco project for the promotion of wildflowers in Europe.
Young and old Bulgarian nature lovers had the opportunity to recreate their favorite plants on colorful cloths through various techniques and materials. Now they have been all connected in one large "Meadow of patches", which expects residents and visitors of Burgas in the hall of the Natural History museum in the city.
On the day when the sun shimmers, dew shines, and herbs gain the strongest healing power...... on that day come to Burgas. On 24th of June, at 10:00 am at the Burgas' square "Atanas Sirekov" children from kindergarten "Magic" will celebrate the holiday dedicated to St. Enyo. Members of community center "Hristo Botev" will recreate one of the most exciting rituals connected with the festival - [url=http://www.burgasmuseums.bg/index.php?tab=ethno&lang=en&page=encyc&enc=rituals&pgno=3&eid=57]Enyo's bride / Enyova bulya[/url]. Children from the folk ensemble "Shareni gaitani" part of the Municipal Children's Complex - Burgas headed by Mrs. Pepa Zaprianova will also take part in the celebration.
All visitors will be able to engage in the flamboyant dance, led by the dancers from the Trading school of Burgas, headed by Teodora Kaneva, which will complete the celebration in front of the City Hall.
The celebration will continue at 11.00 am in the yard of the Ethnographic Museum of Burgas, where kids will share their knowledge and gain useful information about herbs and their medicinal properties in the form of games and entertaining activities.
The event is organized by the Municipality of Burgas, Municipal Children Complex and Regional History Museum - Burgas.
For the third year from June 3, we will offer our summer school called "Adventure Museum." 4 groups, 10 children each will be thought many interesting things about minerals, plants and animals in a new and fun way.
Organized by Regional Museum Burgas and America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF)
To sign in your kid and further information call +359 56 843 239 or visit the museum of Natural-History in Burgas (30 K.Fotinov St.)