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Exhibition "Dolphins - friends of the people at the sea" only on the 23th of October in the Natural History Museum
Monday, 21 Oct 2013 - Natural-History Museum

On October 23, 2013 (Wednesday), the exhibition "Dolphins - friends of the people at the sea" will be presented in the halls of the Natural History Museum in Burgas (30 K.Fotinov st.)

Visitors will have the opportunity to compare their measurements with those of marine mammals by standing near the three-dimensional in life-size model of the sea porpoise. More complete picture of the dolphin's characteristics make the models of the other two species in the Black Sea - simple dolphin and bottlenose dolphin.
For the knowledge-hungry visitors there will be lectures and presentations throughout the day. The organizers have prepared materials available to visitors of all ages - leaflets, lectures and presentations.

The exhibition is part of the "National Week of the dolphin 2013" taking place under the initiative of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water to support the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea and is carried out by the Black Sea NGO Network.
THE EXHIBITION WILL REMAIN IN THE MUSEUM FOR ONLY ON THE 23 of OCTOBER 2013.
The idea is understanding the behavior, appearance and problems of these attractive mammals in the Black Sea.

Winter working times
Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 - Global

From October, 15th all four expositions of Regional museum Burgas will open for visitors with new working times:

Monday to Friday
from 9:00 till 16:45

Saturday and Sunday: closed

Days of the environmental cinema 2013 in the Natural-history museum of Burgas
Monday, 23 Sep 2013 - Natural-History Museum

For the third year Natural-history museum of Burgas (K.Fotinov St. 30) will host a movie marathon of environmental films. In two days - 26 and 27 September the museum visitors will be able to watch 8 ecological movie productions filmed in Bulgaria.

Program:
September 26
11:00 - The Unknown Arda - River of three countries - 27 min
Interesting story about this southern Bulgarian River and its nature.

12:00 - Imperial Eagle. Living symbol or a museum exhibit - 39 min
The production of FPS "Green Balkans" presents spectacular footage of the lives of the royal eagles, shot in natural conditions.

13:00 - They fly away
- 40 min
Film about wild birds in Bulgaria. The newest film of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds.


14:00 - The last second - 34 min
Interesting insight into the contemporary society and its problems associated with the accumulation of large amounts of garbage and biodiversity conservation.


September 27
11:00 - Map 2010 - 54 min
Film about the nature of the Rodopi mountain and few enthusiasts who fight to protect it.

12:00 - Price of Birds - 29 min
Environmental documentary film won several awards: Award of UVT cinematography festival in Popovo for Best Cinematography and the Grand Prix at the International Festival BALFEST in Balchik, the best scenario at V International Eco Festival in Ohrid.

13:00 - Noah's Ark of Sofia - 54 min
Film dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the Sofia Zoo. Special Award at the Gold Amphora Festival in Bansko.

14:00 - The Water of Sofia - 28 min
Impression of the city and the water around it.

Regional Historical Museum of Burgas would like to thank Publishing House SVIDAS, Federation of nature conservation Green Balkans and the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds for providing these environmental films.

Due to the limited seats in the hall of the museum, please request views for larger groups on the phone of the Natural History Museum : 056/ 84 32 39

European Researchers' Night 2013 in the Museum of Burgas
Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 - Ethnographical Museum

On September 27, 2013, Burgas along with Sofia, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora and Varna will join once again the European Researchers' Night. This event is held simultaneously across all European states and it is financed under the project K-trio - Program "People", 7th FP of the European Union.

Regional Burgas Museum takes part in this initiative for the fourth consecutive time. Together with universities and research institutes the museum has accepted the challenge to share its own vision on this event.

In the Science Cafe we will tell you more about the history of instant coffee, of the loom and the potter's wheel. Three young scientists from different fields of knowledge - Archaeology, Biology and Art History, will present their views in specially prepared presentations.
Our guests will have the opportunity to weave on a vertical loom and a tile, to try the potter's wheel, discuss and have fun.

We will be expecting you at 17:30 on September 27, 2013 in the Ethnographic Museum (Burgas, 69 Slavyanska St.)!

„The Wild World of the Eastern Rhodopes“ is in Burgas
Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 - Natural-History Museum

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.

Help the scientists to uncover where the gulls travel
Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 - Natural-History Museum

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.

Contact:
Dr. Svetla Dalakchieva,
Tel: +359 56 843 239
priroda@burgasmuseums.bg

Bella Benova's debut book "Along the path of breathing light" with a presentation at the Historical Museum
Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 - Historical Museum

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.

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Burgas museum one again partner of the Children's Fair in Burgas
Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 - Global

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

We are expecting you!

110 years since the Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising (1903)
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 - Historical Museum

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.


Sixth Archaeological Season in the ancient city of Aquae Calidae
Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 - Archeological Museum

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.

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