For 12 days 6 participants of the volunteer camp and employees of the “Finval” Research Centre worked in the area of the Vodopadnaya River on the Iturup Island preparing a plot for construction of a future biological station. The hot and sunny weather on the Island during the period of work helped rather than hindered; adding optimism to the difficult workdays. Probably that’s why a lot was done: access paths to the building site and the spring were completely prepared, a significant part of the site was cleared of bamboo, and stones for construction work were prepared. As an encouragement for the camp volunteers, the employees of the Centre arranged a marine mini-expedition on the trimaran “Finval” to the southern part of the island, where the volunteers could not only relax but to get a close acquaintance with the unique nature of the island.
Our extreme and long marine research expedition along the East Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands “The ring of fire” was completed with excellent results! Unique data on fauna and flora of the region was collected. The most vivid impressions were observations of pairing of rare southern right whales, the encounter of an unusual dwarf walrus far outside the area of the distribution of this species…For the first time in the last fifteen years it was possible to examine the nesting of Aleutian subspecies of the black brant on the Ekarma Island (the birds were brought to the island from the nursery in Kamchatka in the frame of the international project on restoration of this subspecies). New mini-discoveries are possible also after processing of many thousands of photos taken during the expedition…
Our safari-expedition to Africa “Stars of Namibia” was finished successfully. On the expedition car “Toyota Hilux” the participants of the expedition travelled approximately 4600 km about the country. Every day of the expedition was like a diamond…and each day- of a different colour! We were greeted by the cool rolling ocean with seals and plenty of birds on the coast, red dunes of the Namib desert; sunburnt Damaraland mountains, the Etosha pan with many diverse African animals and birds, fantastically beautiful aloe forest…
Despite the informative nature of the expedition we managed to take a number of interesting photos that were posted on specialized sites on monitoring of animals, birds and plants of the world.
The large scale and long-term research sea expedition along Kamchatka and Chukotka coasts “The Uykoal Land” has been successfully completed! The participants of the expedition sailed about 2500 nautical miles on the severe Bering Sea and approximately 700 km down the Kamchatka River. The expedition program has been totally fulfilled. We gathered an extensive data on distribution and numerosity of marine mammals, some birds species; on rare plants of the region. The Research Centre has supplied its scientific collections with new interesting exhibits. The extreme part of the expedition was especially remarkable for unplanned visits of brown bears during stops.
GOOD news for all participants of our Arctic expeditions in 2014-2017. Joint management of “Taimyr Reserves” sent us official thanks for…”quality and high efficiency in expedition work associated with exploration of biological diversity of Taimyr and coastal ecosystems of the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea…” Thanks to all participants of our Arctic expeditions for your help in implementation of those hardest but at the same time most interesting travels!
ECOLOGICAL CAMP ON THE ITURUP ISLAND (THE SOUTHERN KURIL ISLANDS).
In summer 2020 an ecological camp will be arranged on the Iturup Island by the “Finval” Research Centre. The camp will be located in a very picturesque place, on the highland of the Sea of Okhotsk, 60 km to the south of the Kurilsk town, at the foot of the Bogatyr Ridge. Wonderful mountain and sea views of the camp are decorated with the volcanoes of Atsonupuri, Stokap, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Chirip. Not far from the camp there is a rapid and full of fish river Vodopadnaya. There will be 3 sessions (“Relax”, “Active”, “Active + Relax”) with a very diverse and different program. In the camp you will have opportunity not only to have a rest and to get a great energy boost but also to see and to learn a lot about unique nature of the Kuril Islands both during sea and coastal excursions and trips as well as from the stories of experts.
The “Active” session will be arranged in the form of a marine mini expedition with trekking to volcanoes.
Everyone will be able to take part in the eco camp! But the “Active” session requires considerable experience in active tourism.
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