Lynx and wolf tours

I’m showing the group typical tracks from Eurasian lynx. Photo: Biotopia.

This last Saturday we organized a guided tour with Eurasian lynx in Uppsala county. The event was put together by Biotopia.

We started the day with looking at typical tracks from lynx and wolf. Then we headed out into the field and soon came across tracks from red fox, roe deer, badger and other animals.

We found fresh tracks from lynx. From top to bottom: the right hind paw, right front paw, left hind paw and left front paw. Photo: Biotopia.

Not so long after, we discovered fresh tracks from a lynx that walked there just a few hours prior. We back-tracked the lynx, looking at its behaviour, scent marks, scats and other things. It was a great day out in the field.

The week before this lynx tour we did one with gray wolf in the northern parts of the county, in the area where the only wolf pack in Uppsala county lives.

We had delicious food prepared by Elles utemat. Photo: Biotopia.

We might organize more of these events in the coming winter season. Shoot me or Biotopia an email if you think it might be interesting to join in some time.

 

 

 

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Kyrgyzstan and the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum

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Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and lies just next to the vast Tien Shan mountain range.

On 19 to 26 October I traveled to central Asia to the country of Kyrgyzstan to participate in the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum.

Leaders from all twelve snow leopard range countries agreed to a declaration to save the species from extinction. The seminar was hosted by the president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev in cooperation with organizations such as the World Bank, Snow Leopard Trust, Snow Leopard Conservancy, WWF, NABU and others.

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One of many seminars and discussions at the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum discussing the conservation of the big cat.

The country delegations agreed on the final draft and the agreement was signed on 23 October. Along with the declaration, the countries also agreed on an action plan, the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Plan, which deals with specific plans on how the goal is to be reached.

After the forum I spent a full day in Ala Archa National Park. It is beautifully situated in the Tien Shan mountain range.

On my way back from Kyrgyzstan I stopped by in Istanbul in Turkey for a full day exploring the city. Situated just in between the Sea of Marmara and the Black sea, it is the connecting point between Asia and Europe. Exploring Istanbul was very nice although the city’s vast tourism industry takes a bit of the charm away from it.

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I spent a full day walking around in Ala Archa National Park which is situated just 40 kilometers south of Bishkek. Some peaks reach to nearly 5 000 meters above sea level.

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I am next to one of the signs of the forum.