Specialists tell about lemming season without lemmings

Specialists tell about lemming season without lemmings

September 13, 2023

Experts sum up the results of research in the area of the Pura biostationary.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. This year there were a lot of interesting and unusual things in the area of the Pura biological hospital. As Larisa Stryuchkova, leading public relations specialist at the federal state budgetary institution Taimyr Nature Reserves, said, zoological observations and monitoring of soil conditions were carried out there in June and July.

Doctor of Biological Sciences, leading researcher at Taimyr Nature Reserves Sergey Haritonov reported on some preliminary research results. The specialist says that the lemming season in this area passed without lemmings. The fact is that in such seasons geese nest en masse, because it is more profitable and easier for arctic foxes to hunt for lemmings than for bird eggs.

“An arctic fox can pick up a whole garland in its mouth at once and carry it to the hole, but this won’t work with eggs – at most one egg, and then you have to manage to convey it to the offspring. However, there were no lemmings this year, and the birds still felt a particularly strong urge to reproduce. They nested in the tundra because there was little snow”, the expert notes.

But contrary to expectations, the Arctic foxes destroyed only a few nests and then left. Most likely, dense thickets of willow and dwarf birch prevented the search for nests. The Arctic foxes decided to switch to the coastline – there they destroyed almost everything in a strip of 200 meters from the Pura and Malaya Bystraya rivers.

Earlier, construction of the long-awaited tourist visitor center was completed at lake Lama. In 2024, the big cleaning from Soviet-era garbage will begin in the Putorana nature reserve.

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Text: Angelika Stepanova, Photo: Olga Zaderyaka, Olga Alexandrova and Taimyr Nature Reserves

September 13, 2023

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