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TRAINING CENTER FOR CONSERVATION STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

(April 05, 2018)   -   Recently, we added a new page to our website to feature our Training program based in Sikhote-Alin Research Center, Terney, Primorski krai, Russia. Our traininings and workshops are developed for wildlife researchers to provide them with all skills necessary for research and management of endangered species and other aspects of nature protection. You can read about the program in general, past workshops (2016-2017) and upcoming trainings.

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THE YOUNG HUNTER

(April 04, 2018)   -   As part of a small carnivore project at Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Zapovednik, specialists of ANO WCS in cooperation with SABZ are monitoring activities around den sites to understand population dynamics of badgers. To our surprise,  this video (below)  captured a young lynx practicing his hunting skills on an unsuspecting badger. Lucky for the badger, this lynx was not prepared to exploit this opportunity. 

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AN UNLIKELY PAIR

(March 28, 2018)   -   Like old friends meeting for lunch, a cinereous vulture and a juvenile Steller’s sea eagle pose for a camera trap set along a game trail in the Sikhote-Alin Reserve in Russia.  While both cinereous vultures and Steller’s sea eagles are winter visitors to this corner of the southern Russian Far East, it’s possible that these two individuals had never encountered a member of the opposite species before.

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WHERE DID I PUT THAT PHOTOGRAPH?

(March 19, 2018)   -   Camera traps have become a useful and common tool used by biologists to study wildlife.  In fact, it has become one of the most commonly used ways to observe and monitor elusive species of wildlife. But with this explosive use of camera traps to study wildlife, a new problem has arrived - what to do with all those photographs, and how to manage the huge volume of information in them. From March 13-15 ANO WCS was holding a training seminar for its own staff and interested parties (Zavpo...

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FISRT AID FOR TIGER CONSERVATIONISTS

(December 22, 2017)   -   On December 15, 2017, WCS organized a staff training session on first aid in Terney at the Sikhote-Alin Research Center (SARC).Working in the field, especially with wild animals, poses a large number of health risks and potential dangers. Being prepared to deal with such situations can be critical when in the field. Therefore, being able to competently provide first aid to an injured colleague is a vital skill and mandatory requirement for employees of WCS Russia.

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FIRST UAV WORKSHOP

(July 12, 2017)   -   A hands-on workshop, the first of its kind in the Russian Far East devoted to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), was held in the Land of the Leopard National Park last week. Over 20 specialists from various national parks and nature reserves of the southern Russian Far East gathered to participate in the training session organized by the Phoenix Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society, with funding from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The workshop let forest guardians de...

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SMART IMPROVES NATURE PROTECTION IN ANNUI NP

(March 27, 2017)   -   In late March the Visit Center of the Annui National Park hosted yet another SMART seminar organized by WCS. Staff of the park and WCS specialists discussed the latest SMART quarterly patrol performance report.  One year ago WCS introduced SMART at Annui National Park, making this already the sixth  protected area in Amur tiger habitat that is using SMART to help manage anti-poaching work. During the seminar WCS representatives discussed the patrol efforts during the previous quar...

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TIGER DAY FESTIVAL 2016 IN VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA

(September 29, 2016)   -   The 17th annual Tiger Day Festival was held in Vladivostok on September 25. This year’s event continued the trend of ever increasing size and interest, with an approximately 15,000 participants and an estimated 50,000 attendees. The event kicked off with a huge parade that included 91 groups representing schools and both governmental and non-governmental agencies engaged in environmental protection. The parade ended in the main square downtown, where entertainment on the main stage was sup...

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EAST OF SIBERIA: BY CHANCE, FOOD AND SHELTER

(September 27, 2016)   -     North of Ternei, in the province of Primorye where I conduct most of my research, there are no hotels and no restaurants. There are barely even people. There are only a half-dozen small settlements, logging towns or subsistence villages that are remote islands of humanity scattered broadly across a rolling sea of mountain and forest. When I travel to this wilderness it’s usually in a huge truck that doubles as a cabin, a hulking diesel we pack tightly with food and other supplies an...

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EAST OF SIBERIA: ARSENYEV IN THE LAND

(September 06, 2016)   -     I feel a kinship with Vladimir Arsenyev, the Russian topographer who explored Primorye a hundred years ago. We both know the secret places of these forests: the rivers where salmon spawn and the rocky outcroppings where tigers den. Arsenyev left an indelible mark not just on me, but on people across the province, with an entire city, a river, several museums, and multiple streets named after him today. Jonathan C. Slaght’s translation of Vladimir Arsenyev’s 1921 book Acro...

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