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.

Egor Loktionov

Egor is a field team member responsible for spoon-billed sandpiper population monitoring and nest finding. He joined the project in 2011 and also participated in 2012. Egor coordinates the expedition’s field observations and maintains the weather data log. Egor has devised a spoon-billed sandpiper photo identification database using unique plumage characteristics of individual birds. Egor is very experienced in lone fieldwork in the Russian Arctic and therefore conducts surveys of the most remote areas. Having a PhD in engineering, he provides technical advice both during expedition planning and in the field.