The expedition of Rosneft is studying population of the ivory gull in the Arctic
9:47 2 июля 2020
Категории: News in English
The first expedition of “Rosneft” was started in the north-eastern part of the Kara Sea, where the population of the red-book ivory gull will be studied. It will last until the end of August — during the entire nesting period of these rare birds. The ornithologists will study the complete breeding cycle of the ivory gull — from egg-laying to the first flights of nestlings. The scientists intend to receive data on potential nesting sites and the number of colonies.
Observations will be made along the entire route in places suitable for ivory gulls — on water areas of the seas, in the coastal zone of the mainland and on islands. The scientists created special “mini-backpacks” to install GPS trackers on backs of grownup birds. Also the specialists will take samples of materials for laboratory tests, as it is informed on the website ru.arctic.ru. Within the research the scientists will fulfill activities on study, preservation and monitoring of other animal species living in the Arctic, which are biological indicators of ecosystem stability. The large-scale program on their study will last four years. In cooperation with the country’s leading scientific institutions “Rosneft” will conduct eight expeditions to the Laptev Sea, the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea to study polar bears, walruses, reindeer and rare bird species that live on the Taimyr Peninsula. In total in four years the experts will conduct more than 170 hours of research, including with use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which will cover more than 500 thousand square meters of the territory.