Põlenud männipuu känd taustal põlemiskahjustustega männid

The Rescue Board has given a fire hazard warning for four counties in northeastern Estonia: Lääne- and Ida-Viru counties, along with Jõgeva, Tartu and Pärnu counties. 

For the first time in Estonia, a ban has been put in place on entering or remaining with a motor vehicle in at-risk areas, including forest, peatlands and other areas of dense vegetation, for as long as the fire hazard period remains. An exemption applies to owners of the land in question.

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Hallahaigur maandumas puuoksale.

There are already many signs of spring in Matsalu National Park. Over the last couple of weeks, hundreds of rooks, northern lapwings and larks have arrived. Greylag geese, greater white-fronted geese, whooper swans, common goldeneyes and ducks have been spotted.

First grey herons are making noise in Matsalu manor park. Common cranes are active on the local fields.

Common starlings - being the BIRD OF THE YEAR 2021 - have also arrived as well as common ringed plovers.

Pühajärv

In order to prevent tragic accidents, the Estonian Rescue Board prohibits walking on frozen bodies of water as of March 17th. The thinning ice on all mainland water bodies has made conditions too dangerous for traversing the ice.

There have been 23 rescue operations in the first half of March, one person drowned.

 

Pühajärv

The thin ice of lake Pühajärv. Margit Turb

Merikotkad pesal

The nest camera is installed on the oldest known white-tailed eagle breeding territory in Estonia – in Matsalu National Park. The first records of this date back to 1870!

The area is very suitable for white-tailed eagles – Matsalu Bay and surrounding grasslands – and as a proof of this, another pair of eagles have started to nest very close to the pair visible in the nest camera. The distance between the two pairs is less than a kilometer. It will be interesting to see how the white-tailed eagles, who fiercely defend their territory, manage so close to each other.

Endla Nature Center is located in Jõgeva County village named Tooma. It is 21 km from Jõgeva, 70 km from Tartu and 131 km from Tallinn. Regardless of the direction of travel, you must follow the Piibe highway (road 13 from Tallinn and 39 from Tartu). Turn away to the gravel road if you see the bus stop named Tooma, also a brown sign “Endla looduskaitseala 1,5 km” directs you where to turn. The gravel road runs 1,5 km through village and ends with parking area close to nature center. The same parking area is a good place where to park your car if you want to go hiking.

Orjaku study trail
The trail consists of the longer Orjaku trail (2 km) and the shorter Roostikuring (Reed loop) (0.7 km). The trail is designated with poles and direction indicators. In addition to the information boards and boardwalk, there are two observation towers that are accessible with a baby carriage as well as with a wheelchair. A view of Käina Bay becomes visible when standing on the platform.