Deserts - Oceans - Mountains & WIldlife

The way work is presented to us here, is exactly how I wish all my jobs were…

Dave and I hear a knock on the door. With no time to answer, Dmitry swings in and says one of three things: "Okaaay lets go", "Okaaay tiiime to work" or "Would you guys want to move some wood at my house… not as volunteers… but because you are my friends". We like that he has to separate the two (volunteers and friends).

With no time to think, this method keeps you on your toes, and a backpack always seems to be within arms reach. Sometimes we are spoiled with a full night to prepare - or - as in one situation, we had about a week to prepare a presentation for a group of young students. 

In thinking of how to keep a group of third, fourth and fifth graders interested for a half hour, we scrolled through our Facebook photo albums, scanning for any shots that showed America's beauty. We divided the country into sections, based on the areas where we had spent the most time. Thanks to Dave's photos of giant Burmese pythons and sharks, the presentation went on for a full hour and we ran out of things to impress the kids. Putting all those photos into one place created a level of homesickness I was not prepared for. 

Mid-November.  Once the snow and winter arrive, Inspectors and other Reserve Staff will spend a week traveling from cabin to cabin, conductting the winter track counts. We spent two days clearing a 10 kilometer trail leading to this remote cabin, to prepare firewood.

Sergey guided us through the forest and acted as our crew leader during our trail maintenance work to the remote cabin. He is a very dedicated, hard worker.

A young Russian boy fights the wind and the rain, on his morning walk to school.

Rainy morning, at the Zapovednik's main office.

Ludmila, an Ecology Department employee, prepares the main lobby of the Sikohte-Alin Reserve's Visitor Center, for a prestation being given to a group of students, on American wilderness and wildlife.

Using radio telemetry and a compass, Dasha says " I can see him whenever I want". "Him" being the two-year-old musk deer that is a part of her graduate thesis study of small ungulate.

Dasha -- Feeling the thawed ground, where one of her collared musk deer recently lay.