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Bear Forest project and how NaTourEst offsets your flight emissions

Our touring season ended in October and now it’s a good time to make some conclusions and write a bit more about our Alutaguse Bear Forest project. In 2019, 177 persons traveled with Natourest and stayed in Estonia for about a week. Some stayed for longer, some for a shorter period. While most of the […]

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A lynx visiting our Brown Bear hide!

We opened our Brown Bear watching hide on the 15th April and the first week has been quite good.  Our camera traps near the hides have captured Brown Bears, Foxes, Raccoon Dogs, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Elk, Otter and as a cherry on top – Lynx! Unfortunately, it was during the daytime when […]

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Brown Bears are waking up from hibernation

The first migrating birds, such as Cranes, Starlings, Northern Lapwings and Greylag Geese,  arrived some weeks ago and today morning, the air was already filled with Woodlark songs. In most places, these are the classical announcers of spring.  But in Alutaguse area, Brown Bear tracks on melting snow are probably the clearest sign that spring is […]

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Grouse in Estonian autumn

The year of the Western Capercaillie is ending in about a week. Now it’s a good time to look back at some of the encounters we had with this forest grouse. The first encounter was in March during our Steller’s Eider Weekend tour, where Rein and his group met a “crazy specimen” (photo below) on […]

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Some positive notes for Estonian forests and biodeviersity

Today it was announced that the Estonian Naturalist’s Society (LUS) is leading a project which aims to carry out the inventory of Woodland Key Habitats (WKH) in Estonia and to improve the environmental knowledge about WKHs. During the first months of the project, experts have already managed map out around 300ha of WKHs. The objective […]

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Alutaguse – Estonia’s youngest national park

We are happy to announce that Estonia has now one more national park – Alutaguse. The idea of establishing Alutaguse National Park was already considered at the beginning of 1920s, it took almost 100 years before it was finally carried out. The aim of the national park is to protect the mires, forests and coastal […]

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New winter guests have arrived

The thermometer has shown degrees below zero now for more than a month. One night the thermometer on one of our tracking cameras even showed -31°C.  This means that all the fallen snow has stacked up, giving forests and their surroundings that winter wonderland/picture book look. Now, if you are a wildlife photographer, adding a Goshawk […]

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A rare encounter with the Western Capercailllie

The first month of the year has flown by, bringing snow and temperatures below zero. Watching the snowstorm behind the windows of our NaTourEst office in Tallinn, it feels a bit strange to post a video from late spring, but there’s a good reason for it. Namely, exactly in a months time, the Republic of […]

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Winter guests near the new brown bear hide

December means that all the bears, who gave us unforgettable emotions from early spring to late autumn, have become dormant. The last active Brown Bear was captured by our camera trap on the 29th of October. This does not mean that life around the new bear hide has gone quiet. As the new hide is […]

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Young Ural Owl

  Our group managed to see nice Ural Owl nest with one chick on nest. Jarek got this young one on the photo waiting for a food.   Tags: Birding, Ural owl

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EU Leader Virumaa Koostöökogu (VIKO) supported Natourest Inc for buying nature observation optics and trail cameras.