|Countries||Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan|
|Date||24 May 2018|
The 2018-2019 ﬁeld seasons work is planned as a continuation of first and second RSG research. The main subjects of the project are:
1. Visit all the remote sites in Central Asian Countries and conﬁrm or not the species presence in the modern time.
2. Learn Menzbieri Marmot behaviour as less known part of the species biology. I have got 13 camera traps with SD-cards at the moment. I plan to use the scheme to set all of them up in one colony (next to the entrance to a hole, on a path, on pastures, etc.) for 1-2 days/nights and then move them to the other colony. I hope to see not only reflection of marmot’s behaviour and day activity, but their predators as well. Using video-type mode of my camera and Dictaphone I will have the records of animal’s sounds from different families/subspecies/species.
3. Achieve the systematic status of Menzbieri Marmot population in Kazakhstan understanding based on the research of species native area, habitats and behavior
I have chosen not invasive methods/techniques do not jeopardize the vulnerable population of a rare species. The main methods are animal’s watching in natural environmental, chronometry, camera trapping, photo, video and sounds recording.
The project reports materials will be submitted for:
*The Menzbieri Marmot chapter in the "Marmots of Central Asia" monography,
*Proceedings of the "Ruﬀord Foundation for Biodiversity Research and Conservation in Central Asia". It will hold on 16-17 of March 2019 in Kazakhstan,
*The ﬁnal report to the Ruﬀord Small Grants Fund,
*Proceedings of XII International Conference on Marmots of experts of the former Soviet Union (in Russian). It will take place in 2020 in Russia.
Read about Georgiy's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/georgiy_shakula_0 or for more information contact: