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First bird flu case of the year recorded
First bird flu case of the year recorded
The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has received the results of laboratory examinations confirming highly pathogenic avian influenza in forest geese in the Skaņkalne parish of Valmiera municipality. This is the first bird flu case detected in Latvia in 2024, the PVD reported.
How much coffee and alcohol do Latvians drink? Ask the wastewaters
How much coffee and alcohol do Latvians drink? Ask the wastewaters
Sewage is an essential source of information to track the spread of viruses and spot threats to public health. Sewage can also expose public habits and get answers to questions people don't want to talk about, such as alcohol and drug use, and other consumption habits, Latvian Television reported on April 6.
Ten plants to harvest in April
Ten plants to harvest in April
April is prime time to combine walks with spring harvest. Not only is it a good way to boost immunity but also avoid a visit to the supermarket -- no need to buy packed lettuce!
Vidzeme to use biowaste to produce gardening compost
Vidzeme to use biowaste to produce gardening compost
Biodegradable waste placed by residents in specially designed containers will form compost and can then be used in gardening. In Vidzeme, one of the waste managers, which serves several hundred kilometers of territory, says that this is the intent, Latvian Television reported on April 3.
Big Cleanup to take place April 27 in Latvia
Big Cleanup to take place April 27 in Latvia
April is here, meaning the annual Big Cleanup is also coming. This year, organizers are delighted that all the local authorities will participate in the works, Latvian Television's 4. studija reported on April 3.
Thirteen bird nests ready for viewers this season
Thirteen bird nests ready for viewers this season
The Latvian Fund for Nature (LDF) has finished its spring work restoring and setting up livestream equipment near bird nests after winter. A record number of nests will be streamed this season - 13, Latvian Television reported on April 2.
State Environmental Service gets new head
State Environmental Service gets new head
Andris Ķēniņš, Deputy State Secretary for Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM), has been confirmed as Head of the State Environmental Service (VVD), the government decided on Tuesday, April 2.
Row, row, row your boat... around Lake Lubāns
Row, row, row your boat... around Lake Lubāns
Vast areas of several hundred square kilometers of land flood around the Lake Lubāns every spring. It is possible to go boating in the area, but it is so vast that it is easy to get lost, in places it can get dangerous, Latgale regional television reported April 1.
Help needed to prevent toad traffic accidents
Help needed to prevent toad traffic accidents
For the third year in a row, the Nature Conservation Agency (DAP) has declared toad traffic regulators wanted. In its campaign "Mission Toad. Save a prince" the agency is asking people to help the amphibians cross roads on their migration paths.
Black storks in Latvia potentially affected by mercury
Black storks in Latvia potentially affected by mercury
A study by the Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy of the University of Latvia (LU) on mercury concentration in black stork organisms found that mercury is found in both egg shells and membranes and feces, the agency LETA reports.
Bird Days events to chirp across Latvia
Bird Days events to chirp across Latvia
On the first weekend of April, “Bird Days 2024” will take place in many parts of Latvia under the auspices of the Latvian Ornithological Society. The program envisages more than 40 events, including bird-watching hikes, birdcage workshops, educational classes, and other thematic activities, organizers said.
Housing availability increased for the Bubo bubo
Housing availability increased for the Bubo bubo
A very rare and spectacular bird that needs peace and quiet. Such is the eagle owl (Bubo bubo) on the list of critically endangered species. Nesting season is present, and eagle owls can now choose between a nest built by themselves or offered by ornithologists, Latvian Television reported March 25.
Tough year for rapeseed farmers
Tough year for rapeseed farmers
Rapeseed fields in Vidzeme and Latgale have almost completely perished during the winter, causing significant losses for farmers. In other regions, the changing winter conditions have not been without consequences, but the losses are smaller, Latvian Television reported Thursday, March 21.
Fine likely after illegal dump discovered
Fine likely after illegal dump discovered
An illegal construction debris dump has been discovered in the Upper Daugava region along the banks of a local stream, which contains waste harmful to humans and nature. 
Over 100 dogs removed from inappropriate care near Bauska
Over 100 dogs removed from inappropriate care near Bauska
On Tuesday, March 19, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) removed a large number of dogs from the Lieldeviņzare kennel in Bauska municipality for violations of animal welfare requirements and for persistent failure to remedy these violations. The dogs will be taken to animal shelters.
Don't be a twit-twoo – leave Latvia's owls undisturbed
Don't be a twit-twoo – leave Latvia's owls undisturbed
The Eurasian eagle owl (Ūpis in Latvian, Bubo bubo in Latin) is the largest owl found in Latvia. It is a relatively rare, protected species here and in order to identify places where they live and ensure their protection, ornithologists are inviting residents to record their distinctive cries and send the information to the Latvian Ornithological Society (LOB), specifying the location, reports Latvian Television's Environmental Facts show.
No to chains, yes to chips: Latvia takes steps to improve animal welfare
No to chains, yes to chips: Latvia takes steps to improve animal welfare
Starting July, dogs born after August 31 2023 will be banned from being kept on a chain in Latvia. Other requirements to improve pet welfare, such as the registration of cats and ferrets, will also be introduced, according to amendments to law approved by the Saeima in the final reading on March 14.
Illegal tree cutting outrages locals of Raunas Street, Rīga
Illegal tree cutting outrages locals of Raunas Street, Rīga
In Rīga, on Raunas Street, a shocking scene has unfolded before the eyes of residents – although the municipality's regulations say that no more than 20% of a tree's crown can be cut, only the trunks of 12 beautiful linden trees remain. The City Council has turned to the municipal police, Latvian Television's 4. studija reports on March 14.

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