In the village of Dmitrovka, Taldomsky region at the biological station of the “Crane homeland» reserve the 19th Crane Festival was held. This year Moscow region had two reasons for celebration – on September 7 the “Crane homeland” reserve turned 35 years.
In autumn cranes form large flocks – scientists call this phenomenon «pre-migration congestion.” At this time birds feed on the sloping fields of grain and gain strength before the long flight to the south.
Cranes from Tver, Arkhangelsk and Vologda regions come to “Crane homeland” . With the onset of cold weather, usually it happens in the beginning of October, all the cranes fly south. Over the years, in the fields of “Crane Homeland” 1.5-3 thousand cranes gathered simultaneously.
At the Crane Festival in Taldom district creative competitions, photo exhibitions, performances by folk ensembles “Veresen” and «Zaigrysh”, folk choir of veterans of Verbilki House of Culture, the theater group “Sun on the palm», bards and poets of Taldomsky literary association took place. At the fair, visitors could purchase farm products, drink tea with local herbs from the samovar and try homemade jam.
And during the environmental excursions guests could watch through binoculars the life of cranes.
Along with head of the Taldomsky district Vladislav Yudin, Governor of Moscow Region Andrei Vorobyov attended the festival. The governor watched the flocks of cranes that were feeding winter crops, talked to students of Nicholo-Kropotkinskaya school and went to the Dmitrovka biological station.
Here the head of the region warmly welcomed the participants of the festival, marked essential importance of activity of the reserve research team for preservation of the unique wetland complex, its many inhabitants, including Eurasian Cranes. The governor made a gift for the anniversary of the reserve – a car “Niva”. Alexei Vorobyov also promised to allocate funds to repair Nicholo-Kropotkinskaya school, which is actively involved in environmental education of the reserve.
The Crane Festival as a tourist project was the winner of the I degree in the category «Eco” at the International Exhibition of event tourism – Russian Open Event Expo in Moscow, the winner of the annual award of the governor of the Moscow region “Our Moscow” 2013 in the category “Moscow Open”, the only winner of the Moscow Region competition “Event 2014» (EVENT-2014), as well as the winner of the first degree at the recent Youth cultural and tourism Forum CFD (EVENT-2014, Eagle, September 2014).