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Female whitefronted goose is hiding on the nest

Looking for nests of Marco and Kees on Kolguev

During a five days excursion to the south part of Kolguev island Alexander Kondratyev and Elya Zainagutdinova found the nests of transmittered birds Marco and Kees. The nest of Marco and his colour-marked mate contained two eggs which will hatch between 10-15th July.
Kees himself wasn`t seen, but at the GPS-positions his transmitter send a nest was found: three eggs. H46 lime, his mate last winter, was not seen there, but an unmarked female was found breeding there. So we don`t know if Kees is breeding this year. Read our weblog of Kolguev expedition here.

 

 

Kolguev covered with snow at the end of May

Continuing breeding biology studies in the arctic

In May 2008 a team of Russian and German scientists set out on a third expedition to Kolguev Island in the Barents-Sea. They returned to the Ambarny Creek Valley, the site of their camp in 2007. When they arrived, the whole camp valley and the small hill used for camping were covered with snow. So, at first they had to clear up the place and rebuild the camp. Then they started scientific work immediately.
Again they are equipped with a satellite phone and will report to you by SMS in a small blog about their work. Read this blog here here.

This year it snow until mid-June

1. Expedition report 2008

During the first four weeks - from arrival on Kolguev in deep snow until the end of June - a lot of things were done. So, Alexander Kondratyev wrote a small report and gave it to us when we visited the camp at the end of June. Please read more here.

We visited the camp in brilliant sunshine

Visit the camp

At the end of June, holidays at university started and so two students flew by helicopter to Kolguev on June 25 and began their field season at the camp. They brought with them more equipment and food. A group of German goose-friends and supporters of the project used this opportunity to make a short visit to the camp. Read more about our short trip to the camp.

 

Tobseda Blog 2008

Now, our colleagues at the Tobseda field station are also posting information to a small blog. If you would like to learn about the fieldwork, goose breeding and research at the Tobseda station read here.