Kandalaksha Nature Reserve

Its site www.kandalaksha-reserve.org seems to have fallen into neglect. Below are bits related to the nature reserve but I cannot put together a systematic presentation. Look for an old copy of the Russian site here >>. E-mails intended for the reserve can be sent to its official address kand_reserve@mail.ru although I will not rate the probability of a meaningful response as “significant”.

Lighthouse Foundation collecting funds for the publication of the book on the history of eider ducks and people

Lighthouse Foundation, a German organization that effectively promotes sustainable development of the coastal areas around the world, has listed the collection of funds for the printing of my mate Alexandra’s book on the relationship between Eider ducks and Man throughout history among its projects.

Here is the beginning of their page on Alexandra’s Eider book:

This is the world’s first pop­u­lar sci­ence pub­lic­a­tion ded­ic­ated to the world-wide his­tory of the re­la­tion of Man (Homo sapi­ens) and the Com­mon ei­der (So­ma­teria mol­lis­sima): from the ei­ders in the ex­cav­a­tions of an­cient hu­man set­tle­ments to the ei­ders in art; from myths and le­gends to the latest sci­entific re­search; from the ei­ders as hunt­ing trophies to them in the mu­seum col­lec­tions.

Read more at the Lighthouse Foundation site >>

Those wishing to make a contribution towards the printing of the book will find banking information to the right of the Eider page on the Lighthouse Foundation site.

“Attempts to Establish Eider Farms in the USSR and Why These Failed”

An article on the history of eider farming attempts in the USSR, written by my mate Alexandra (and translated by me) has very recently come out in an Environmental and Society Portal “Arcadia“.

Comments that you can leave under the article are welcomed and invited.

To read “Eider Farming Attempts in the USSR and Why These Failed” proceed here.

Dalnie Zelentsy, Barents Sea. A small overview.

Dalniye Zelentsy is a village on the Barents Sea coast, 170km east from Murmansk.


From 1935 to the beginning of the 1990s the Murmansk Biological Station (from 1958 the Biological Station of the Murmansk Sea Biology Institute) was active there. The purmanent population of the village was about 600, which included both scientists and technical personnel from among the locals. Presently the biological station is abandoned, and about 10 permanently live there. Some biologists visit the station in the summer. more >>

Attention serious birdwatchers: a meeting with one of Russia’s top ornithologists V.V. Bianki on Jan. 17 2016

At 4pm the Local History Section of the Kandalaksha Public Library (ul. Pervomayskaya 51, tel. 8 (815-33) 9-21-92) presents Vitaly Bianki, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, a Honorary Ecologist of the Russian Federation, and a Honorary Citizen of Kandalaksha.

The meeting is held in honor of the 90th birthday of Vitaly Bianki and 60 years of his working at the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve.

On head notice a Russian-to-English interpreter will be available at low or no fee.