According to Stanislav Stryuchkov, the Taimyr Reserves directorate PR-manager, ornithologists have recently returned to Norilsk. Research was carried out in various scientific disciplines.
“21 water samples were taken for nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus and phytoplankton analysis. Today, the samples were sent to the Krasnoyarsk laboratory”, said the candidate of biological sciences, researcher at the Center for Bird Ringing of Russia at the RAS Institute for Ecology and Evolution after A.N. Severtsov Sofia Rosenfeld.
Scientists caught, marked with transmitters and ringed local Taimyr birds – seven tundra bean goose and one white-fronted goose.
“Also tagged 13 small swans, mostly young, non-breeding birds unfortunately. The transmitters, we hope, will give us information about the migration routes and wintering grounds of the main hunting mass species of geese and the small swan, which is actively increasing in number”, Sofya Rosenfeld explained.
Moulting geese were counted from the air in the Pyasina river delta and near the Tareya river’s mouth. In the future, based on these materials, it will be possible to calculate the breeding birds percentage in the population, the broods’ average size, and other parameters that are important for monitoring.
During the expedition, the Taimyr Reserves directorate’s staff collected extensive material for a popular science film about Taimyr. Next year, scientists plan to continue marking and aerial surveys of anseriform birds.
Earlier, scientists first noticed the spotted woodpecker in the Arctic, and photographed the rare Baikal teal in Taimyr. This Is Taimyr also followed the fate of a swan that had fallen behind a flock on Dolgoye lake.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and Taimyr Reserves