Events in KarRC RAS


Management and conservation of waterfowl populations in Northern Eurasia (with special focus on the White sea-Baltic flyway)

Goose, Swan and Duck Study Group of Northern Eurasia
Institute of Biology, Karelian Research Centre Russian Academy of Sciences
Research Council of RAS on the Study, Protection and Conservation of Animals

23-28 April 2003
Olonets, Karelia, Russia

Second information circular

The meeting will be held at the key goose stopover site in Northern European Russia - at Olonets Fields near the Ladoga Lake - the largest lake in Europe and will focus on two main items:

  1. Flyway management for waterfowl population - bringing European and American experience to Russia.

    With special attention to the problems of agriculture and the regulation of hunting at goose stopovers.

  2. Waterfowl in a changing environment: changes in populations in response to natural and human-related factors.

    With special attention to monitoring oriented research and conservation activities.

Special sessions and round table discussions:

1. Habitat management and hunting regulations at goose stopovers in European Russia.
2. Waterfowl monitoring methodologies and census techniques during the migration period.
3. Seaduck populations in the White-Sea Baltic Flyway: current status and priorities for research and monitoring.
4. Conservation of Russian populations of Lesser White-fronted Geese

Programme outline

Wednesday, April 23

19.00 Ice-breaking party

Thursday, April 24

9.00-10.00 Registration
10.00-13.00 Official opening, keynote speakers
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-17.00 Session 1: Flyway management for waterfowl populations - bringing European and American experience to Russia.
17.15-20.00 Introductory excursion to the Olonets fields

Friday, April 25

9.00-13.00 Session 2: Waterfowl in a changing environment: changes in populations in relation to natural and human related factors
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-19.00 "Geese census/neckcollar reading/field methods training" excursion

Saturday, April 26

Early morning excursion to the fields
9.00-13.00 Sessions and round table discussions
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-19.00 Sessions and round table discussions

Sunday, April 27

Excursion to Ladoga Lake
Poster session
16.00-17.30 Final discussion and Closing Ceremony
19.00 Symposium Dinner

Monday, April 28

Post-symposium excursion on "Nature and Culture of Karelia" to Alexander Svirsky
Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Nizhne-Svirsky Nature Reserve and bird ringing station on Ladoga Lake
Departure from Olonets

Tuesday, April 29

Trip to Petrozavodsk, excursion at Petrozavodsk - capital of Karelia and post-symposium tour to Kizhi Archipelago (by helicopter)
Departure from Petrozavodsk

Presentations will be in Russian and English. Simultaneous translation services will be provided for lectures.

Abstracts of oral presentations and posters in English not exceeding 600 words should be sent by email or fax by December 15, 2002.

Papers and posters
Oral presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. A multivideo projector (for Power Point presentations), as well as slide and overhead projectors will be available.

Papers will be published in a special issue of Journal "Casarca" (see guidelines for authors) and each participant will receive a copy of the proceedings. All papers should be submitted on a diskette or by e-mail before April 23, 2003 or during the work of the Symposium. Please provide also a hard copy.

Guidelines for contributors

Accommodation is available at the hotel "Olonia" in Olonets. Reservations will be made by the organizers.

Prices for accommodation: $25 (single rooms), $36 (double rooms), $50 (three-bed rooms) per night, including breakfast. Double and three-bed rooms can be shared (which makes half/third the price for the lodging). A limited number of single rooms are available. Accommodation should be paid directly to the hotel upon arrival.
Registration and fees

The basic registration fee ($100, $60 for students) includes admission to the symposium, all local bus transfers, proceedings (including mailing), coffee/tea breaks, mid-symposium excursions (24-26 April). "All included" fee ($190, $90 for students) including ice-breaking party, lunches, symposium dinner and Ladoga Lake excursion. Registration fees are to be paid at the registration.

Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is December 15, 2002.

Mid-symposium excursions:
  • Introductory excursion to Olonets fields (by bus)
  • "Geese census/neckcollar reading/field methods training" excursion (by bus)
  • Early morning excursion to the fields (goose arrival watch)
  • Excursion to Ladoga Lake ( ( birdwatching and site seeing (rubber boots needed)

  • Participants are expected to be equipped with rubber boots, raincoats, telescopes/binoculars.

    Post-symposium excursions:
    1. Whole day excursion "Nature and Culture of Karelia" including visits to:
  • Alexander Svirsky Monastery of Saint Trinity (this monastery was founded in 16 century by the famous and divine Alexander Svirsky who is known as the only Russian saint who had a vision of the Holy Trinity),
  • Nizhne-Svirsky Nature Reserve (forest/meadow/flood plain landscapes of Karelian Taiga),
  • "Gumbaritsy" bird ringing station on Ladoga Lake (Migration monitoring spot, "Heligoland" traps in operation since 1968).
  • By bus and 4-wheel drive vehicles, $40. English speaking guide. Lunch included.
    2. Kizhi Archipelago, Onego Lake (famous open-air museum of Russian wooden architecture and ethnography, on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites).
    By helicopter from Petrozavodsk, $80-120 depending on the group size. 6 hours (

    Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, since the XVII century, is situated on the shores of remarkable and beautiful Lake Onego, 400 km to the North from Saint-Petersburg. The city is the largest University and cultural centre in the North-West Russia.

    How to get to Karelia?
    By plane to Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, then by train to Petrozavodsk and by bus to Olonets.
    Comfortable night trains running daily (10-12 hours travel $20-30) will bring you from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk. Bus transfers from Petrozavodsk to Olonets will be arranged for symposium participants on your request). Airport - railway station transfers will be also available on your request. There are also 1h flights Helsinki-Petrozavodsk on Mon, Wed, Fri (flight timetable will be known in February 2003).