Ministry of natural resources of the Russian federation

       Polistovsky National Nature Reserve

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November 1 - The Reserve staff helped an injured buzzard

The Reserve staff helped an injured buzzard

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On Tuesday evening, an employee of Polistovsky Reserve found a rough-legged buzzard near the Bezhanitsy settlement, presumably hitting a power line. The bird lay on the ground and could not fly. Yesterday, the buzzard was transported to the ecopark "Zoograd", where experts will help him to recover.

After a checkup of the bird the head of “Zoograd”, Andrei Goloshchapov, noted that at first glance the buzzard had no fractures or serious injuries, he just needed time to recover. If he gets well, he will soon be able to return to the wild.

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Power lines often cause birds injuries. Sometimes birds collide with wires, and more often they get an electric shock. This happens if the distance between the high voltage power lines and the grounded elements is so small that the bird can touch both of them at the same time.

To protect birds from electric shock, bird protection devices (caps made of insulating material) are used. In Russia, operators of power lines are obliged to take measures to prevent the death of birds, however, most power lines at the moment are not equipped with bird protection devices yet.

In the event of a collision with wires, waterfowl and near-water birds with low maneuverability and heavy weight are most often affected, as well as other species in case of poor visibility. The risk group for electric shock includes day and night predators and representatives of corvids.

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Saving the buzzard is not the first time that the Reserve staff assisted birds in trouble. Earlier, the Ural owl, crashing into a school window, and a hobby, with an injured wing, were also taken to rehabilitation to ecopark «Zoograd».

If you find a bird injured on power lines, it should be delivered to specialists as soon as possible. In this case, the bird has a chance to recover.


Ecopark “Zoograd” was created on the basis of a bird nursery “Argus” opened on the western outskirts of the Pushkinskie Gory in 2000. In 2010, the nursery changed its name to the ecopark, as there were significantly more animals than birds, and the territory expanded. At the moment, the ecopark is not only a place for the rehabilitation of animals, but also a tourist site.

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