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The natural areas of Moscow are inhabited by the brown hare and the white hare. It is planned to devote a cycle of environmental education classes to these animals.

Ecocenter every year “Bitsevsky forest”chooses one of the inhabitants of the forests of central Russia as the owner of the forest. This year the hare became the winner. In 2021, a cycle of environmental education sessions will be devoted to him, where Muscovites will learn what hares eat, what traces they have, and how they can help these animals.

In the natural territories of Moscow, there are two species of eared hare and white hare. Both are gray in summer, but experts can distinguish them by their characteristic features: the hare is usually larger in size than the hare, the hind legs and ears of the hare are shorter than that of the hare. The white hare lives mainly in the forest, while the hare prefers open spaces.

Despite the fact that according to the qualifications of the Red Book of Moscow, the hare was assigned the first category of rarity, and the hare – the second, last year the hare was recorded in more territories. A brown hare was seen in the natural and historical parks “Kosinsky”, “Izmailovo”, “Bitsevsky Les”, “Moskvoretsky”, in the reserves “Dolgie Prudy” and “Valley of the Skhodnya River in Kurkin”, on the territory of the natural monument “Serebryany Bor”. And the white hare – in the natural-historical park “Bitsevsky Les”.

The title “Master of the Forest” specialists Mosprirodyawarded to the inhabitants of natural areas of the city since 2010. The winners of the past years were an owl, a mouse, a spider, a toad, a snail, a squirrel, a woodpecker, a fox, a wild boar and a bat.

In the capital’s parks, animals and birds listed in the Red Book of Moscow are increasingly found. Last year, experts recorded more than 40 species of Red Book birds and more than 10 species of mammals. Of the rare animals, in addition to the European hare and the white hare, the ermine, the black polecat, the pine marten, and the common breeder are seen. Among the birds found in the Red Data Book are shirokosnoska, teal-whistle, buzzard, lapwing, middle-spotted woodpecker, woodcock, coot and others. In addition, the gray duck and the wasp eater were recorded in 2020. These birds were considered extinct in Moscow.

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