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Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.

Community work with local children is always fun – 30 June 2011

30 June 2011 Simon and I walked to the shop which was shut, we found out later it was for a stock take and resupply so there may be some goodies on offer soon. We headed for the school to meet up with some of the teachers. We had met them at our Spoon-billed Sandpiper presentation a w
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Incubating the eggs – 29 June 2011

29 June 2011 I woke a few times, every hour and finally checked my clock to see it was now 0440. I had beaten my alarm clock which was set for 0500. I woke Nige and Simon, we had a coffee and got set up for the day. The weather was OK, cool and overcast but dry and not too windy. As w
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33 days down, but still not done – 28 June 2011

28 June 2011 Liza visited and we had a very long talk over a plan for tomorrow and some other matters such as flights home and general logistics.  We have been here in Meinypylgyno for 33 days now but thoughts of our tactical withdrawal from our current base with what we hope are heal
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Another nest – 27 June 2011

27 June 2011 Jochen and Nikolay return to the lake to study the nest that was found great news.. another is found!
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The wanderers return – 26 June 2011

26 June 2011 Liza, Jochen and Egor were set to return from the search across the lake. Pavel and Nikolay were using the quad and boat to bring them back. The late news was that Jochen had found a nest.
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Good news from home – 28 June 2011

28 June 2011 We’ve received some good news from HQ this week, the Australasian Wader Study Group of Birds Australia have generously donated approximately $6000 (Aus) towards the spoon-billed sandpiper appeal. It’s great to know that the work we are doing in the field is being recognis
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