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.

Whales and cabbage

Karin Eberhardt writes:

What do gray whales and fermented cabbage have in common? The same unbelievable stench!

Clear blue skies and wind continued today as most of the team crossed the dubious rotting ice over the channel to explore parts of the 50 kilometers-long alongshore gravel spit to the east of the village.

It was a day for seabirds, with flying flocks of several thousand scoter, Long-Tailed Duck, and eider (including Steller and King).

But back to the whales—not only could we smell them before we saw them, but we could hear them blow from across the channel. Numbering at least two hundred, the whales spouted in the distance, spy-hopped in the middle distance, and wallowed like water buffalo just 5 meters offshore, showing fins and tail and humps of head and back as they rolled to feed in the rich sea bottom off of Meinypil’gyno.

Karin Eberhardt first saw the Spoon-billed Sandpiper on a tidal mudflat in Myanmar’s Gulf of Mottama. As a volunteer with the Bird and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA), the Myanmar BirdLife partner, she advises on approaches to alternative livelihoods for bird hunters, raising public awareness, and cooperative management of the Gulf of Mottama as it is designated a RAMSAR site. Based in Myanmar for over 12 years, she is a consultant to conservation and/or development projects. She brings to Meinypil’gyno’s students a response, from schoolchildren of Myanmar, to their conservation message of last year.

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