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In August – September 2020, two shifts of the ecological camp took place on Iturup Island.

In August – September 2020, two shifts of the ecological camp (Aktiv and Relax + Aktiv) took place on Iturup Island. The July shift “Relax” was cancelled due to restrictions on entry to the territory of the Sakhalin Region. The participants of the eco-camp had a great time, getting to know not only the amazing beauty of those places, but also many local inhabitants – from oysters and crabs to whales and bears.

In August 2020 the marine research expedition around Iturup Island “All Iturup” was successfully completed.

The “All Iturup” marine research expedition finished successfully. The participants of the expedition covered more than 600 kilometers of sea routes in difficult and sometimes severe weather conditions. During the expedition, a survey of marine mammals in the water area of the island was carried out, information on the distribution of a number of bird species was collected. Ironically, the members of the expedition waited out a serious summer storm in the bay with the funny name Circus …

In September 2019 a volunteer camp on the Iturup Island successfully finished its work.

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.

The marine research expedition along the East Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands “The ring of fire” was successfully completed.

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…