The expedition, organized by the Rosneft Arctic Research Center and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, set off for the northeastern part of the Kara Sea to continue observations of the ivory gull population, which began in 2020. Scientists will conduct research on this rare species of seabirds on Vize Island during the entire nesting period – about two months. The specialists plan to collect data on feeding habits, the number of birds, and migration routes.
Caring for the environment is one of the key priorities of Rosneft’s activities. The company implements a number of initiatives aimed at the conservation and restoration of natural resources, as well as the study of Arctic animals. — the most important bioindicators of the state of the environment. Since 2020, Rosneft has been implementing the targeted innovative project “Evaluation of the sustainability of Arctic ecosystems based on a study of the dynamics of the state of key species”.
The expedition program includes complex work to determine the state of health of the population, as well as to obtain information about the features of the spatial distribution of the species. Scientists plan to install camera traps and conduct a visual inspection of bird colonies. The data to be obtained this year will make it possible to assess trophic relationships, improve the method of systematic monitoring, and also fill the gap in scientific knowledge about the ivory gull in the Russian part of the range. The results of the research will contribute to the conservation of this rare species.