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.
Transporting the first clutch

First Clutch

The day’s plan of beginning to construct the release aviary were disrupted mid-morning when Nikolay found us to say he had a complete clutch of four eggs and their incubation had begun. Richard H., Liz B. and I piled in the buggy with Nikolay driving and the portable incubator plugged
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Sandhill crane eggs (c) Karin Eberhardt

Let Sleeping Bears Lie

Phil Palmer writes: It’s spring on the tundra, and as the snow melts it reveals the autumn crowberry crop, still available as food for the first migrant birds. The Moss Campion is opening in pink domes, willow catkins are furring up and the dwarf rhododendron budding. Notable sighting
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Final two eggs hatching!

17:19 BST Text just received from Nigel Jarrett in Anadyr… last two eggs are hatching as we speak. Fingers crossed they’re ok and take our total up to 18! Keep you posted.
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And then there were 17! 11 July 2011

11th July 2011 Well what an eventful few days. boarded the ship with the eight newly hatched chicks, 12 eggs, considerable anxiety about the trip on rough seas and a great deal of hope. We got off the other end with only three eggs, but an amazing 17 chicks, so we were as happy as hap
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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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Keeping an eye on the precious eggs – 20 June 2011

20 June 2011 I was woken by Nige at 0600 he had still not gone to bed keeping an eye on the temperatures of the eggs. My wife had tried to Skype call, it was intermittent and we lost connection several times. I was delighted with being able to hear the voices of my family. I had a cof
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Gull-fest – 10 June 2011

10 June 2011 I went to breakfast without Nige and Simon, we had a lot of planning and set up a meeting at our place to discuss immediate issues. Nicolai thinks the birds in the study area are 4-5 days away from laying eggs, we all agree that it is best that we stand down until then to
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