|Field Guide to the Wildlife of Amur Oblast,
|Located along the Amur River in the the Russian Far-East, Amur Oblast still holds vast uninhabitated landscapes. In the southern parts of the region, one can see expanses of lakes and wetlands filled with wild lilies, orchids, Oriental storks, rare cranes, and raccoon dogs. The lower mountains are carpeted in deciduous forests containing Mongolian oak, birch and cedar. These mountains are home to Himalayan bears, Amur leopard cats, blue and white flycatchers, and ashy minivets. As one travels north, the landscape changes to typical taiga - large tracts of forests containing wolves, brown bears, snow sheep, and black-billed capercallie.
In collaboration with Aleksey Antonov, a resident ornithologist, and Victoria Kalinina, a local artist and tour guide, we are in the process of completing a guide to the over 300 bird species, roughly 60 mammal species, and 15 reptile and amphibians species that have been documented in Amur Oblast.
Each species will be fully illustrated and will include information regarding the species natural history, identification, and general knowledge of its population and locations it can be found in Amur Oblast.
|The guide will also feature information on where to see particular species, how to travel to view wildlife within the region, as well as who to contact for logistical help. In addtion, the guide will give a history of the region and the biological research that has been conducted to date in the Amur Region. Lastly, there will be information on the conservation and environmental threats facing Amur Oblast.
It is the hopes of the authors that this book will help spur an interest in the wildlife and wild areas of Amur Oblast as well as to help aid in the further research and understanding of the less known regions and species within Amur Oblast.
The book is anticipated to be completed by September, 2014.
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