The exhibition ‘The Emajõgi as a Motherlode of Biodiversity’

31 January – 28 June 2020
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 18.00
University of Tartu Natural History Museum (46 Vanemuise St)
Admission: free of charge

The exhibition ‘The Emajõgi as a Motherlode of Biodiversity’ of the UT Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens offers visitors an informed introduction to our cherished Emajõgi, to the diversity of its habitats, to the protection of the species that it holds and to the recreational opportunities it offers to people. The exhibition is in Estonian.

The River Emajõgi that the people of Tartu hold so dear has always been a revered symbol of the city. The exhibition examines the environmental status of its habitats as well as the anthropogenic and natural changes in their condition. Built around the concept of ecosystem services (benefits that we receive from nature), the exhibition explores the valuable natural features of the River Emajõgi region and promotes the values of sustainable nature management,’ said Külli Kalamees-Pani, curator of the exhibition and coordinator of environmental education. She added that exhibition visitors are also welcome to participate in various challenges, such as identifying the species of an eagle by its feather, determining the age of an eel, investigating the health of the River Emajõgi and constructing a food chain.

The interactive game ‘Whither Goest, River Emajõgi?’ allows visitors to explore issues that the river, its surrounding habitats and their protection have to contend with and to play through various future scenarios. Visitors can also view the video clips ‘Ecosystem Services of River Emajõgi’ and ‘An Osprey’s Nest Life’ and examine an interactive map of the Emajõgi basin from Lake Võrtsjärv to Lake Peipus.

The exhibition’s curator is Külli Kalamees-Pani, author of the idea Vallo Mulk, project manager Reet Mägi, designer Margot Sakson and language editor Sigrid Ots (MTÜ Keelevaatleja). Contributing experts and cooperation partners include Einar Kärgenberg (Wildlife Estonia), Sirje Vilbaste (Estonian University of Life Sciences), Urmas Sellis (the Eagle Club), Kai Kimmel (Estonian Wetlands Society), Jaak Albert Metsoja (Nature Protection Society Kotkas [Eagle]), Maidu Silm (Estonian University of Life Sciences) and Külli Kalamees-Pani (UT Natural History Museum). The clip about an osprey’s nest life was made by the Eagle Club and the Estonian Ornithological Society.

The clip about the ecosystem services provided by the River Emajõgi was made by Veljo Runnel and Sergei Põlme (OÜ Fixer). The interactive map of the Emajõgi basin was realized by the digital biodiversity archives work group of the UT Natural History Museum and of the UT Botanical Gardens, its data were provided by eElurikkus and PlutoF. The interactive educational game was prepared by Einar Kärgenberg, Ivar Tamm and the exhibition team. Technical production of the exhibition was carried out by the company OÜ Autoreklaam. The exhibition was supported by the Environmental Investment Centre Foundation.

The exhibition will remain open at the UT Natural History Museum until 28 June 2020. Admission is free of charge.

Further information:
UT Natural History Museum
Telephone +372 737 6076