You’ll travel to the research site by a train that goes from the taiga-covered mountains of the north, through the forest steppe and true steppe, to the semidesert steppe, giving you a chance to enjoy Mongolia’s vast landscapes that remain largely free of fences and paved roads. The journey takes about seven hours. The return trip will be by a comfortable overnight sleeper.
Because this research ranges from hedgehogs to cinereous vultures to snakes, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a variety of species, performing a broad range of tasks. You may help collect radio-telemetry data on argali sheep, ibex, hedgehogs, snakes, and kestrels; capture argali and ibex in nets; collect data on nesting kestrels and cinereous vultures; conduct surveys of lizards and argali sheep; trap small mammals and invertebrates; and
radio-tag snakes. Because the wildlife at Ikh Nart is becoming increasingly habituated to people, you may be able to approach animals such as argali sheep to as close as 100 meters.
Working with the project’s large, friendly team of Mongolian experts and students will give you a chance to develop strong relationships with staff members. We’ll guide you on the most important Mongolian customs during visits to nomadic families.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.