Max Bloesch

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Max Bloesch (also Blösch ; born June 27, 1908 in Olten ; † August 9, 1997 in Solothurn ) was a Swiss gymnastics teacher who became known as a stork father due to his successful work for the resettlement of the white stork in Switzerland .


Max Bloesch was born the son of an accountant in Olten . After attending the teachers' seminar in Solothurn and training as a gymnastics teacher at the University of Basel, he initially worked as a teacher at the comprehensive school in the hamlet of Huggerwald in the Solothurn community of Kleinlützel and then as an assistant gymnastics teacher at the Winterthur Cantonal School . From 1935 Bloesch was a gymnastics teacher at the Solothurn City Schools, which at that time also included the District School , from 1956 until his retirement in 1970 at the Solothurn District School. Max Bloesch's marriage to Aline Hottiger († 1977) produced three daughters and a son.

Use as a stork father

Already during his time at the teacher training college, Max Bloesch devoted himself to bird watching, whereby he developed a special interest in the storks. Since Bloesch had to find out that the stork was close to extinction in Switzerland, he made the decision to build a stork settlement. This was created from 1948 in Altreu in the Solothurn community of Selzach , first with storks from Alsace and Czechoslovakia , then with a larger number of young storks from Algeria . Around 1950 the stork was considered extinct in Switzerland. However, through the stork parent station in Altreu and, by the time, 22 outstations between Lake Geneva and Lake Constance, Bloesch was able to get the stork to settle permanently in Switzerland again. In 1997, when Bloesch died, 170 breeding pairs were counted nationwide. For his services as a stork father , Bloesch was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern in 1983 . In 1986 he received the Adele Duttweiler Prize .


As a field handball player , Max Bloesch was a member of the team that won the bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics . He was playing a game. As a gym teacher, Bloesch was one of the pioneers in the use of music in gym classes.

Works (selection)

  • Netball . Federal Gymnastics Association, Aarau 1949 (2nd edition 1953).
  • Will the stork die out in Switzerland? 1948-1958, Altreu tried to settle storks for 10 years. Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach 1958.
  • 20 years of attempting to settle storks in Altreu, 1948-1968 . Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach 1968.
  • Max Bloesch, Maurice Dizerens, Ernst Sutter: The moulting of the flight feathers in the white stork Ciconia ciconia . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 74 , 1977, pp. 161–188 ( online (PDF; 2.1 MB)).
  • Three decades of Swiss stork settlement attempts (Ciconia ciconia) in Altreu, 1948-1979 . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 77 , no. 3 , 1980, p. 167-194 .
  • Altreu and his storks . Vogt-Schild, Solothurn 1983, ISBN 3-85962-065-7 .
  • Max Bloesch, Wendla Boettcher-Streim, Maurice Dizerens: About the moulting of the large plumage in the black stork . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 84 , 1987, pp. 301-315 .
  • Lukas Jenni, Wendla Boettcher-Streim, Markus Leuenberger, Elisabeth Wiprächtiger and Max Bloesch: Migration behavior of white storks Ciconia ciconia in the resettlement attempt in Switzerland compared with that of the western and Maghreb populations . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 88 , 1991, pp. 287-319 .
  • Le retour des cigognes . La station d'acclimatation d'Altreu. Vogt-Schild, Solothurn 1989, ISBN 3-85962-089-4 .


  • RKS .: Max Bloesch: The hobby became a life's work . In: Solothurner Zeitung . 3rd February 1977.
  • Diethelm Zimmermann: Max Bloesch 75 years old . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 80 , no. 3 , 1983, p. 231-232 .
  • Diethelm Zimmermann: Dr. hc Max Bloesch on his 80th birthday . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 85 , no. 4 , 1988, pp. 398 .
  • Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim : Dr. hc Max Bloesch, 1908-1997 . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 94 , 1997, pp. 268-270 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim: Dr. hc Max Bloesch, 1908-1997 . In: The Ornithological Observer . tape 94 , 1997, pp. 268-270 .