Blakiston’s Fish Owls

The Blakiston's fish owl is endangered, and is perhaps the largest owl in the world. There are thought to be less than 1000 pairs of these birds remaining in the wild, with very few individuals held in captivity. Found only in northeast Asia, this secretive species has a fragmented distribution in the remote forests of northern Japan, the Russian Far East, and northeastern China. In Russia this aquatic prey specialist manages to persist year-round in a climate frozen for months on end. Critical issues for its conservation include management of riparian habitat outside protected areas and education of local populations about the species.

Blakiston's fish owl ecology              Conservation threats


Statistical Analysis in Program R: November 2017, Sikhote-Alin Research Center, Ternei, Russia
In contrast to several decades ago, biological studies today must be backed by rigorous statistical methods to be considered credible. The statistical program known simply as R is currently being used in an overwhelming majority of biological studies being published today. With huge analytical advantages over Statistica, the statistics program most-used in Russia, R is actually much easier to use (once an initial learning curve has been mastered). Our goal with this workshop is to help participants overcome their fear of statistics in general, and of R in particular. This workshop will target graduate students and early-career professionals.