On 8 June a party of three field workers (Joop van Eerbeek from NL, Elena Tveritinova and Maksim Belikov from RUS) were dropped by helicopter in the abandoned village of Tobsda to begin fieldwork in the Barnacle Goose colonies situated between Kolokolova Bay and Barents Sea coast west of the Pechora river delta. Communication to/from their satellite phone is very instable, but from the few and brief connections possible I gathered that all are well and forming a great team. Their task is to monitor the nesting of geese and gather egg samples.
Tobseda had been regularly visited by scientists from Dutch and/or Russian institutes for the study of waterbirds (especially geese) migration and reproductive biology, plants (marsh vegetation dynamics) and plant-animal interactions (grazing of geese) during several years in the 200ies. I worked there the last time in 2005.
Hopefully we will return home with precious measurements and samples, and exciting stories to tell.
Kind regards and a nice summer!
Photographs by Gintaras Malmig