Memorial of Prof. Eerik Kumari

Pärnu County, Matsalu National Park
Not far from the birthplace of Prof. Eerik Kumari (1912–1984), a memorial is placed in honour of the famous Estonian ornithologist on the Kirbla terrace. The memorial stone was designed by Kalju Reitel in 1987 and has an inscription which reads “The birds’ calls in springtime gave the boy no rest, so he often sneaked off to the floodplain to observe wilderness and listen to the singing of birds for hours.”
The Kirbla terrace is part of the Silurian Klint, which stretches from western Estonia to the coast of Gotland.
Phone+372 513 8783
Type of objectOther
Parking facilitiesParking for 8 cars or 3 buses by Risti-Virtsu road
AmenitiesAs the memorial stone is located in a grazing area, it is surrounded with a post-and-rail fence. A 280 m footpath leads you to the stone.
Hiking options yes
SightsThe memorial stone is situated on the Kirbla terrace, offering a breathtaking view.
Additional information
RestrictionsMatsalu National Park, limited management zone. The area is grazed, so please close the gates behind you! No stairs to descend from the terrace. Before your visit, please get acquainted with valid nature conservation rules of Matsalu National Park. Information about restrictions can be obtained from the Environmental Board (+372 662 5999,
LocationKirbla village, Lääneranna municipality, Pärnu County
Object no 14 on the national park map
Driving directionsDrive 36 km on Risti–Virtsu road (Road no. 10), turn right immediately after Kirbla urban community (at the sign "Professor Eerik Kumari mälestuskivi"), walk 300 m to Eerik Kumari’s memorial stone and further to Kirbla terrace.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.728153
longitude: 23.927300
L-EST 97 x: 6509838 y: 495789