The scientific and educational expedition “Kurils autumn” arranged from September 1 till September 20, 2017 has been successfully completed. The participants of the expedition sailed around the Paramushir Island (Northern Kuril Islands) on the catamaran ship. Marine mammals of the island were counted. Plenty of marine and terrestrial animals and birds made our route more exciting and interesting every day! Neither sudden debris flow over Severo-Kurilsk (for the first time in a post-war history), nor heavy ash explosions from Ebeko volcano, nor powerful typhoons could stop the expedition. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all Severo-Kurilsk citizens for hearty and warm welcome!
In spite of all difficulties, the research expedition to the Arctic Regions “Ecumene Edge” has been completed successfully. From July 6 till August 16, 2017 the participants of the expedition sailed about 2700 km on the Kara Sea on a sail and motor trimaran “Finval”. We gathered large amount of data on distribution, numerosity, migration of many birds, marine and terrestrial mammals species. We collected herbaria, local mollusca samples. During the first stage of the expedition the participants enjoyed calm and sunny weather, while about half of the second stage it stormed severely. Two meetings with polar bears with two cubs (in each case) made the expedition more exciting. Beside coastal routes the expedition participants visited hard-to-reach islands: Vilkitsky Island, Shokalsky Island, Neupokoev Island, Sibiryakov Island, Oleniy Island and many others. The expedition program was fulfilled one hundred percent.
The scientific and educational expedition to Mongolia arranged from May 12 till June 15, 2017 has been successfully completed. Total length of the car route constituted approximately 7000 km. The expedition team consisted of a zoologist, botanists, a mycologist, geographers, an ethnographer, sociologists as well as travellers and wild nature lovers from different cities and towns of Russia. Major part of the expedition took place in the remote, isolated regions of the country. The expedition participants were delighted by plenty of birds, wild animals, reptiles, plants, unique archaeological and historical monuments every day. What a wonderful and beautiful country!
The article «First record of Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis for Russia” was published in 25th issue of the «BirdingASIA” magazine (Great Britain). The Ring-billed Gull was found and photographed by a Swedish ornithologist Alexander Hellquist during the expedition to the Arctic Regions arranged by the “Finval” Research Centre in summer 2015. The article will be soon available on the website “BirdingASIA”.
Scientific and research expedition “Lost Islands” to the Arctic Regions arranged by the “Finval” Research Centre has been successfully completed. 6 participants of the expedition sailed about 2700 km of difficult sea routes around the Taimyr Peninsula on a sail and motor trimaran “Finval”, and explored many Arctic islands. The expedition started at the Khatanga settlement and finished in the Dikson village on September, 4th. The expedition lasted for 45 days. Twice the trimaran was blocked by heavy ice: on the Preobrazheniya Island and on the South Peter Island; three times polar bears approached the trimaran and we had to frighten them urgently off; hurricane wind and storms many times tested the strength of the expedition participants and the vessel… During the expedition we collected unique scientific data on marine mammals (walrus, polar bear, true seals, cetaceans), terrestrial mammals, birds, molluscs, plants etc.
A scientific and educational expedition “Kotuy” took place from July, 1st till July, 18th of 2016. The participants of the expedition sailed upstream the Khatanga river, the Kotuy River to the Kotuykan river on the trimaran “Finval” and then back to Khatanga. The length of the water routs constituted approximately 700 km and hiking routs about 60 km. The expedition is accomplished with a 120 percent result. Wonderful warm and sunny weather contributed to the expedition success… During the expeditions we collected interesting ornithological and botanical data. The common crane and the osprey were observed for the first time in those regions. We checked the legend saying there are no birds in a supposedly abnormal area on the Kugda-Yuryakh stream – we found out that birds live there and breed…
The scientific and educational car expedition to the West Kazakhstan “Mangyshlak secrets” took place from April 11 to May 9, 2016. The participants of the expedition travelled more than 6500 km across Russia and Kazakhstan, made close acquaintance with nature of several geographic zones, saw ancient historical sites of different times and nations, and made interesting paleontological discoveries (teeth of fossil sharks, remains of sea hedgehogs, sea shells and other residuals of ancient Tethys ocean dwellers). During the expeditions we collected scientific monitoring data.
During an expedition arranged by the Finval Research Centre in summer 2015 to the Khatanga Bay in the Laptev Sea a Swedish ornithologist Alexander Hellquist found a Ring-Billed Gull (Larus delawarensis), a bird species that is new for Russia. The nearest places where this species occurs are Alaska (4500 km) and Canada (5000km). There are records of this species in Kamchatka, but they are not proved by good-quality photos… A Ring-Billed Gull is the nearest one to the camera man on the photo. A black ring on the yellow bill is clearly seen.
Krasnoyarsk All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (Russia 1) produced and showed on the TV the “Finval in the Laptev Sea” film telling about our expedition in summer 2015 to the western part of the Laptev Sea. The film was made by the TV groupdirected by a well-known film director Sergey Gerasimov and was based on the shooting of the expedition participant and art photographer Michael Vershinin. The film is available here.
From July, 12 till August, 31, 2015 a research expedition to the Western part of the Laptev Sea took place. During the expedition we collected unique scientific materials, found a new seagull species for the first time in Russia, made notes on changes in geographic range of some birds and plants species, and we probably found a new shellfish species.
From May, 12 till June, 3, 2015 an educational car expedition to Mongolia “Gobi” took place. The route length constituted 5580 km. Participants of the expedition travelled to the Russian Altai, Mongolian Altai, Gobian Altai and the Gobi Desert. During the expedition we made a series of interesting botanic and entomologic discoveries.
From April, 26 till May, 9, 2015 an educational car expedition to the East Kazakhstan took place. We travelled about 4700 km along the blossomy region. We visited the Zaisan, Alakol, Sasykkol lakes, the Altyn-Emel National Park, the Sharyn River canyon and other well-known places. We made a series of interesting ornithological discoveries.