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.

Vyacheslav Gabyshev

2016 was Slava’s second year in Chukotka helping with the spoon-billed sandpiper project. Between breeding seasons, in 2015, at Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk he defended his undergraduate thesis, entitled “The Biology of the Reproduction and Development of the Ringed Plover in the eastern part of its Range”. He is now a lab assistant at the Institute for Biological Problems of the Permafrost Zone of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is again studying the Ringed Plover breeding population in Meinypil’gyno and assisting both field and avicultural teems when needed.