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11:32 | Jul 08 | 2014

National Geographic in Yakutia

 On July 4 the expedition of National Geographic Russia to the resource reserve “Kytalyk” in Allayikhovsky ulus of Yakutia was completed. The expedition started on June 20 including Science Editor of the journal Andrey Zhuravlev and a photographer Andrey Kamenev, they took off from Yakutsk to Chokurdakh settlement and further to the resource reserve.

Preparations for the expedition began long before the arrival of the journal writers according to the plan of working group on international cooperation of Biological Resources and Protected Areas Management of the Ministry for Environment of Sakha (Yakutia). Liubov Kipriyanova, specialist of Tourism Department, was Project Coordinator.

The expedition’s goal was to collect material for publication in the journal and create a video on biodiversity of the resource reserve "Kytalyk". The main subject is Siberian white crane, which is included in the regional, national and international lists of rare and endangered species.

On July 4 Andrey Zhuravlev and Andrey  Kamenev returned from Chokurdakh to Yakutsk, where they met with managers and specialists of the Management for conversation and summarizing expedition. First of all, they expressed their gratitude to a research officer and ornithologist Sergey Sleptsov who has provided scientific support for the expedition. Owing to his preliminary work, 40 species of birds from 60 marked for the area could be observed within a short time. Unfortunately, muskoxen could not be seen because of thick fog on the river; however, the expedition had rich film footage on birds. According to Science Editor Andrei Zhuravlev, two articles will be published in a periodical, in one of which exclusive attention will be given to Ross’s gull.

This expedition was sponsored by "Yakutia" Airline Company represented by General Director Olga Fedorova and "Polar Airlines" Company represented by the First Deputy General Director Alexander Nikitin.  Biological Resources and Protected Areas Management of the Ministry for Environment of Sakha (Yakutia) expresses its gratitude to the sponsors for their support of this environmental project aimed at popularizing knowledge on rare and endangered species of animals of Yakutia which need enhanced protection.


Photo: Andrey Kamenev

Source: Biological  Resources and Protected Areas

Management of the Ministry for Environment of Sakha (Yakutia)