Polar bear patrol got an international award
August is a hot period for the Polar Bear Patrols in the Russian Arctic. Polar bears are looking for food on the coast, and walruses create large haulouts. Summer in the north is very short and while there is no ice cover, it is very important to monitor and protect the area of hundred kilometers.
“Polar Bear Patrol” has kind relations with the nature-lovers from Germany, who have been supporting WWF activity for several years. It is symbolic that on the 15th of August WWF Germany awarded the Polar Bear Patrol participants with the special diploma in recognition of their work for polar bear conservation in 2011.
The following “Polar Bear Patrol” participants were awarded:
Tatiana Minenko – ranger from Ryrkaipy village, Chukotsky Autonomous Okrug
Mikhail Vylko - ranger from Varnek village, Vaigach island, Nenetsky Autonomous Okrug
Yakov Sivtsev – Head of the Directory of biological resources and nature protected areas, Yakutia
Varvara Semenova – coordinator of projects, Marine Mammals Council, Moscow
Vyacheslav Sleptsov – inspector, Bear Island Reserve, Yakutia
«It is very important for us to support the projects on polar bear conservation in the Arctic” – says Janosch Arnold, Conservation projects Coordinator, WWF-Germany. – We thank the rangers and their friends for their hard and very important work”.