Completed Projects


Ethnobotany Project

The science of ethnobotany, which consists of the words ethnology (cultural science) and botany (plant science), aims to identify the uses of plants specific to a region by the local people.

As KuzeyDoğa Society,

  • We taught ethnobotanical research techniques to the students of the region and to popularize the subject.
  • We identified plants used by the public for various purposes

In May-June 2006, villages in the region were visited and more than 500 surveys were conducted on the use of plants. Over 1300 plant samples from 83 species were collected.

Plant Drawing Course

Many activities in nature such as zoology (animal science), botany (phytoscience) and entomology (insectology), bird watching, insect collecting, nature tourism and plant photography, there is a need for land guides. Without the guides It is not possible to identify species and carry out these natural activities. The guides consist of information and pictures about the plants. Professional drawings are often used in these guides, as it is very difficult, or even impossible, to take photos of a quality that would allow 100% true images of many species. Technical drawing (illustration) is an important branch of art in countries such as the USA and Europe, and art faculties provide training on this subject.

As KuzeyDoğa Society, we completed plant drawing courses that between 2006 and 2009. During this period, 50 people from various provinces and universities of Turkey learned how to draw plants. At the end, a study was conducted to fill the gap in this field. Before our course, there were only 3 experts in Turkey. Since 2006, 158 plants and 146 species have been illustrated and brought to the scientific world. These plants were common, rare or endemic (local-specific) plants which are grown in Kars.

The Allium czelghauricum (Endemic) plant was found in our country after 100 years, and it was illustrated.


Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

There are thousands of wild animals in Turkey that need treatment and care for various reasons. As a result of the lack of a Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the treatment and care of wild animals have carried out by unauthorized people. Sometimes such unauthorized interventions cause more harm than good.

For this reason, Kafkas University Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center was officially established on 29.09.2011 under Kafkas University Veterinary Faculty. A protocol was signed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks, Kafkas University Veterinary Faculty and KuzeyDoğa Society. Kafkas University becomes the first university in Turkey to run a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.