In May 2015, Bob visited two Russian Nature Reserves, akin to National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in the United States, as part of an official three-person U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delegation. Their mission there was to provide technical expertise on visitor services and visitor centers at such facilities. Delegations from Russia and the United States have been in place for many years visiting and collaborating on conservation issues. The two Reserves visited, out of 101 total Nature Reserves in Russia, were Bryansky Les, the largest unbroken forest in southern Europe and Polistovsky, the largest raised bog system in northern Europe.
On March 20th at 7:00 P.M., Bob will present a program for Bitterroot Audubon on this fascinating experience. As many know, Bob coordinates visitor services for the Lee Metcalf NWR, including education, interpretation, recreation and volunteers. He is an expert “Birder” who has traveled the world looking for “that certain bird!” Bob stated, “During the two weeks in Russia, our hosts kept us very busy daily with 8-10 hours of work-related activities. Outside of that commitment, I got up early just to wildlife watch and photograph native birds and wildlife. Birdwise, I listed about 70 species of which the Northern Lapwing was one of the most interesting. I took a lot of photos also capturing culture and landscape, enough to transport you mentally to a huge country full of wildlife.”
YA nadeyus’, chto vy mozhete posetit”. Spasibo