• Zaribar Lake on verge of disappearance  2017-04-08 11:37

    Zaribar Lake on verge of disappearance 

    TEHRAN — Zaribar Lake, a wetland situated in Marivan, western province of Kordestan, stands on the verge of dryness for some time now which is a growing threat to the ecosystem. The lake has a length of 5 kilometers and a maximum width of 1.6 kilometers. The lake's water is fresh and has a maximum depth of 5.5 meters varying depending on the season. The fresh water has made the lake a great habitat for various species of fish such as Caspian white fish, common carp, and barred sicklefish. Little grebe, black-headed gull, grey heron, gull, and pelicans are of the lake’s native bird species. The lake also play host to the birds wintering at the area such as coot, mallard, and common merganser.  Beaver, Indian wolf, rabbit, Wild boar, and red fox also inhabit in the area.  The lake is also a great tourist hub not only in the district of Kordestan but the whole country, however dumping domestic sewage water into the lake, digging wells illegally and climate change have had an adverse effect on the lake and its surroundings.Tehran Times / Abotaleb Nadri

  • Cold winter days of Belker village 2017-02-13 15:04

    Cold winter days of Belker village

    People in the beautiful and pristine village of Belker, 85 kilometers from Marivan, western province of Kordestan, live a hard but happy life. Despite freezong winter days and recurrent snow storms the locals have learned to figure out ways to cope with their condition. Tehran Times / Amir Ali Razzaghi 

  • The patriots make peace with their situation and live in harmony with the locals. 2017-02-11 19:25

    The patriots

    TEHRAN — A female stork and her mate who stay in the town all year round even during cold seasons are well-known as patriots among locals in the western city of Marivan, Kordestan province. Once again human beings throwaway culture ruined an animal’s life. In this case one of the female stork’s long legs got hurt with some kind of trash wrapped around them and resulted in her inability to fly properly for long distances. Her crippling condition continued to haunt her as she was not able to build a perfect nest for her four newly hatched chicks and sadly the nest fell down by the wind storm and the four baby storks died. According to the locals the female stork got pretty depressed and refused to migrate during winter and opt to stay in the town all year round. Her faithful mate also stood up for her and now the two who have stuck together for five years are pretty well known among the locals as the patriots who would never leave their hometown. Locals deem their passionate love for each other incredible. Zarivar Lake, also known as Zaribar, is a major tourist attraction in Marivan which is also home to storks during warm seasons. Tehran Times/ Azin Haghighi

  • Many residents came out to greet Bakhtar upon his arrival in his hometown 2017-01-06 17:37

    Hero soldier loses limb to save dog trapped in minefield

    TEHRAN — Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield.