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Snow Leopards And Old Friends: 2003 Expeditions Programme

Snow leopards are the major addition to the new 2003 Biosphere Expeditions programme that has just been launched. Information about expeditions is now available on the website http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions and through the post. 2003 sees the return of expedition to Ukraine, Peru and Namibia and the addition of an expedition to the Altai mountains of Central Asia investigating snow leopards and other animals. Brief overviews are below.ALTAI: Surveying snow leopards and other animals in the mountains of the Altai Republic, Central Asia.
This expedition will take you to the high mountains of Central Asia to survey snow leopards, manuls (another cat predator) and their prey animals like the argali mountain sheep and the Altai ibex, as well as other animals like birds, butterflies and bats. You will be covering ground in 4x4s and on foot, looking for tracks, kills, scats and the animals themselves. You will also be surveying the bird, bat, butterfly and small mammal fauna. We will be working in high summer from our base camp set at 2200 m at the foot of a 3500 m mountain range and overlooking a vast area of open steppe framed by high mountains. Our base is a sophisticated tent camp of 2-person dome, mess and kitchen, as well as shower and toilet tents.
Dates: 7 - 18 Jul & 20 Jul - 2 Aug 2003 Expedition contribution: GBP1100 (approx. EUR/USD1750)More information on the expedition + pictures, reports, features http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions/altaiPERU: Surveying monkeys, macaws and other wildlife of the Peru Amazon.
This expedition will take you to the Peru Amazon rainforest as part of a comprehensive wildlife survey concentrating on macaws, monkeys and other large mammals to aid efforts of declaring the area protected and developing sustainable management strategies. You will be working from hides observing macaws feeding on riverside clay lick sites, and studying monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, deer and perhaps predatory cats from a hide inside the rainforest. You will also be walking along jungle paths trying to spot, identify and record the animals you come across. The climate is tropical (warm, humid, but not too wet because the expedition takes place during the dry season) and we will be working inside the forest and on riverbanks. Base camp is a large and comfortable riverside wooden jungle lodge with double rooms, showers and toilets.
Dates: 15 - 27 Jun | 29 Jun - 11 Jul 2003 Expedition contribution: GBP1100 (approx. EUR/USD1750) More information on the expedition & pictures, reports, diaries etc from previous Peru expeditions: http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions/peruNAMIBIA: Population ecology and long-term monitoring of the Namibian cheetah.
This expedition will take you to the African savannah as part of a comprehensive monitoring effort of the Namibian cheetah. You will be covering ground in Land Rovers, looking for tracks and scat samples, checking box traps, capturing and releasing cheetahs, making behavioural observations, and radio-tracking them. There may also be an opportunity to assist in immobilising and radio-collaring an animal. We will be working on African savannah farmland in hot but pleasantly dry weather. Our base is a comfortable house and cottages with modern amenities.
Dates: 25 Oct - 7 Nov | 9 - 21 Nov | 23 Nov - 5 Dec 2003 (note the 2002 dates for this expedition are already full) Expedition contribution: GBP1250 (approx. EUR/USD1990) More information on the expedition & pictures, reports, features etc http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions/namibiaUKRAINE: Monitoring steppe wolves & bird migration on the Black Sea Kinburn peninsula.
This expedition will take you to the shores of the Black Sea as part of an effort to help local scientists declare the area a National Park. You will be studying, netting, handling and ringing birds using nets by the beach and in the interior. You will also be involved in the area's first ever wolf survey, tracking wolves through the sand and studying them from night hides using night vision goggles. There may also be opportunities for wolf radio collar and camera trapping work. The area is a stunning landscape of sand dune, mixed woodland and beach habitat on the Black Sea coast. The climate is warm to hot Mediterranean (with time for sunbathing). Our main base is a comfortable summer house. Rotating bird and wolf research teams will work from research camps located near the beach (bird teams) and in the centre of the peninsula (wolf teams).
More information on the expedition & pictures, reports, diaries etc from previous Ukraine expeditions http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions/ukraine+Poland 2002: Last Minute With Only A Few Spaces Left
Last minute: ?850 per person per two week slot. Dates either 18 November - 1 December 2002 or 2 December - 15 December 2002. First come, first served.POLAND: Monitoring grey wolves of the East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (Poland / Ukraine / Slovakia).
This expedition will take you to the winter mountains of the Carpathians to snow- and radio-track wolves in an urgent effort of preventing them from being declared legitimate hunting targets and thus being hunted into local extinction. You will be out on the hills counting tracks, scratch marks, kills and other signs of wolf presence, and tracking them using radio telemetry equipment. There may also be wolf trapping for radio collaring. The Carpathians are medium-sized mountains (up to 1346 m) covered in thick temperate forests and the climate will be wintery with snow cover expected. Base is on a comfortable mountain village farm, complete with log fire and modern amenities.
Dates: 18 Nov - 1 Dec | 2 - 15 Dec 2002 Expedition contribution: GBP1080 (approx. EUR/USD1725) - LAST MINUTE ?850 (EUR/USD 1355) More information on the expedition & pictures, reports, diaries etc from previous Poland expeditions http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/expeditions/polandUkraine 2002: New Black Sea Bird Ringing Record
A research team from Biosphere Expeditions has just returned from the Black Sea Kinburn peninsula with a new bird ringing record of 1702 birds in six weeks. The peninsula, with its stunning landscape of pine forests, sand dune and white beaches, serves as a major staging point for migratory birds and a refuge for steppe wolves. In the sweltering heat of the summer season, the concentration of migratory birds is so high there that in vernacular Ukrainian it is known as a bird railway station. Despite this, funds and manpower have so far been lacking to conduct any conservation research. The Biosphere Expeditions research team has changed all that. Apart from breaking their own local bird ringing record set during a 2001 expedition, the team also continued with their first-ever wolf study in the area, started last year, and designed to find out what so far nobody knows: how many wolves live on the peninsula. One pack of around 10-12 is the answer (rather than the local lore of hundreds of man-hungry beasts) and Zinovy Petrovych, the director of the Kinburnska Kosa Regional Landscape Park, says that it has always been our dream to conduct this kind of large-scale bird and wolf study. But so far we have had neither the money, nor the people to do it. Biosphere Expeditions has enabled us to realise many of our ambitions and the data gathered, along with the reputation an international team of scientists and expeditioners brings with it, will be vital in our efforts of upgrading the area from Regional Landscape Park to National Park status.Biosphere Expeditions is an organisation that runs wildlife conservation research expeditions to all corners of the Earth, placing ordinary people with no research experience alongside scientists who are at the forefront of conservation work. Dr. Matthias Hammer, the leader of this expedition and founder of Biosphere Expeditions is proud that our data will play an crucial role in protecting this area for wolves and birds for generations to come.

4th July 2014