Summer is finally here and with that comes Biosphere Expeditions’ annual snow leopard expedition to the Tien Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, in cooperation with NABU Kyrgyzstan.
My name is Amadeus DeKastle, and I’ll be leading the expedition again this summer. This will be our fifth year working in the Kyrgyz Ala Too mountain range.
The expedition scientist, Dr. Volodymyr Tytar, will be arriving in Bishkek later today, whilst I and our two local NABU guides, Bek and Bekbolot, are already here and getting everything prepped, including some new yurts for base camp, because last year a stormed ripped through the valley and destroyed our mess tents.
If you have not had a chance to read through the dossier and previous reports, please do so. There is a lot of information in there that will be vital to you being able to be as involved as possible during your time here. In addition to some light reading, please download an app called “Lapis Guides” from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. We will be using this app to collect some supplementary data in the area on birds, butterflies, and petroglyphs. This spring and summer has already proved to be very “wet”, so please make sure you have appropriate “wet weather” clothing and boots.
Safe travels group 1. I look forward to meeting you at the Futuro Hotel. Please be on time so we can get started on our journey as soon as possible. It is a long drive, and the sooner we leave, the sooner we’ll have supper and get settled into base camp.
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