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HUMAN DIMENSION IN WILDLIFE

(November 19, 2018)   -   Public support is an integral component of any conservation project, even if it is the most difficult to achieve. Usually, decisions based on scientific research will find both support and resistance.  So how does one find a balance between the public and the wild? This very question was tackled in a 5-day workshop entitled “Human dimension in wildlife: stakeholder engagement.”  The course was held at The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Sikhote-Alin re...

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WORKSHOP ON POPULATION ECOLOGY

(June 05, 2018)   -   Our Sikhote-Alin Research Center hosted one more 5-day workshop. This time we taught population ecology, namely methods to estimate population abundance and then analyze these data. 'How many individuals are out there?' That is a question which is often asked by researchers and public. However, it is a very challenging task to obtain realistic estimates of population density. We discussed transect and plot surveys, methods of capture-recapture, spatially-explicit methods, and surv...

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GEO-INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

(April 26, 2018)   -   First in several years a workshop on geo-information technology and spatial analysis, ‘Intro to GIS’, was held in Terney on 15-21 April 2018. Participants spent 7 days working with free software QGIS. To make learning efficient, every participant analyzed their own data.Participants included professionals from various protected areas of Russian Far East as well as students of Far Eastern Federal University.

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WORKSHOP ON NEW STATISTICS APPROACH

(April 12, 2018)   -   On April 6-9 WCS Russia held a workshop on spatially-explicit capture-recapture (SECR) based on Sikhote Alin Research Center. This method uses camera trap data to estimate population density of individually recognizable animals, for example, tigers and leopards. Pictures of the same animals serve as 'recaptures'. Geographic coordinates of camera traps allow to conduct spatial analysis and calculate home range size and probability of recapture, which in turn is used to estimate density and a...

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