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.

First day – building outdoor pens for the birds – 13 July 2011

The day after we arrived, we turned up at the apartment bright and early, although somewhat jet lagged and opened up Mikhail’s storage container to see where all of the components of the self assembly storage pens were. As we started to take out all of the different piles of metal pol
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The last two eggs hatch 14 July 2011

The last two eggs hatched around 3am!
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Arrival in Anadyr 12 July 2011

Liz writes: After around 90 hours of travel from Wellington, New Zealand I finally made it to Anadyr.  The trip involved flights from Wellington to Sydney, to Bangkok, to London, to Moscow, to Yakutsk and finally Anadyr. I was relieved by the thought of no more flights and waiting aro
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News from Anadyr – 8 August 2011

This morning we received a long email from Liz and Roland detailing what they’ve been up to since they arrived on 12 July. We’ll post their entries here, with photos, in date order.
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The weather turns, and we catch up with ourselves

Roland writes: Finally after the coldest night of all with temperatures hovering around zero, by the morning the wind had finally lifted and we were going to have a lovely day. First things first, before the storm, we had been planning to do our weekly turf and sand change. Everything
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Cabin fever sets in

Liz writes: Cabin fever seems to be setting in today, it’s the third day in a row of gale force winds, driving rain and chilly temperatures.  Most of the day is either spent in your tent, in the apartment or briefly nipping out to check the birds are ok and well fed. Roland and I inve
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Gale force winds

Liz writes: Gale force winds have been playing havoc with our routine today. The day started with heavy, driving rain that turned our little piece of Chukotkan tundra into a boggy swamp. In the afternoon quite suddenly intense North Westerly winds picked up, blowing the roofs off seve
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A trip to Anadyr town

Liz writes: Ksenia and I visited the main town of Anadyr, while Roland was left to look after the birds.  Of particular interest was the café that Roland and Simon had visited several days prior, and raved about the food!  Anadyr is a very clean town, with lots of brightly coloured ap
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Alan likes apples

Alan!! We have adopted a pet, an unwanted pet, but an entertaining pet.  An overly friendly ground squirrel has been causing problems if we try and keep food in or around our tents. Early one morning I was cursing Roland for banging pots and rustling plastic bags noisily, before I rem
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Farewell to Anadyr from Martin and Nige

Nige and myself start packing from 0800, downloading video to take home, making last plans with Liz and Roland. We say goodbye to our ‘workmates’ and leave them to a difficult month ahead. Roland has every night shift with the birds from now until he comes home. He will need to keep p
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