Night in the swamp

On the 4th of April one of the most extreme festivals “In the Middle of the Woods” took place in Dzūkija National Park and Čepkeliai State Nature Reserve.
The organisers – famous Lithuanian naturalist Eugenijus Drobelis together with the Baltic Environmental Forum - received a large number of nature enthusiasts who helped to carry the cranes records in the Čepkeliai swamp. The festival started from photography lessons taught by professionals: E.Drobelis. Ž.Morvėnas, V.Knyva. Later, all the participants together with the specialists from the directorate visited Čepkeliai educational path, and participated in the presentation of Eugenijus Drobelis book „In the Middle of the Woods“. Everyone could shop in Dzūkian market and listen to the old people living in the park songs and stories about Čepkeliai swamp. Later short instructions how to count cranes were given and all the participants hastened to the assigned observation posts. About one hundred nature lovers spent the night on the outskirts of the swamp. The night was really cold. The thermometers showed about -7 degrees of frost. But successfully about 30 couples of cranes were registered.
We hope that no one got cold and everybody returned from the festival full of positive emotions.
Text by Emilis Tamošiūnas
We invite you to enjoy the moments of the event.


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