Bear Cub Saved on Wrangel Island
On October 28, a family of Polar bears – a she-bear and a bear cub – got in trouble and were found in the area of Ushakovskoe lodge. A curious bear cub was playing with a tin can and bit it. The can got stuck in his mouth. Ilia Petukhov, state environment protection inspector, noticed it on his patrolling, and the bear got assistance immediately. Specialists put the mother bear and bear cub down, and took the can out. In a couple of hours, the animals were safe and sound, and could continue their journey.
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The opening of the memorial sign in honor of the first raising of the Russian flag on Wrangel Island in 1911.
The memorial sign in honor of the first raising of Russian flag on Wrangel Island in 1911 by the Soviet ship "Vaigach", who carried out hydrographic research in the northeast of the country, was inaugurated. The sign was opened by employees of Wrangel Island Nature Reserve at the head of director of the reserve Gruzdev A.R., together with American scientist Joel Berger, who was engaged in research of musk ox on Wrangel Island, and the crew of the helicopter MI-8 of airline "Chukchi-Avia". A memorial sign was manufactured to the order of administration of the Reserve by "ABD-design" studio in St. Petersburg.
Unique finding in the Natural Reserve "Wrangel Island".
In September this year during the works on monitoring of Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population, A.B. Tyuryakov, senior researcher from Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Roshydromet), S.E. Belikov (PhD in Biology), senior researcher from the All-Russian Institute for Nature Protection, together with the director of the Nature Reserve A.B. Gruzdev (PhD in Biology), found a stone of unusual shape in the stream bed near Cape Uering. The stone resembled spinal bone or joint. The sample was delivered to the research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov in Saint Petersburg. In October, A. Gruzdev passed the sample to the Zoological Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The first examinations showed that the experts paleontologists had two spinal bones of a fossil animal in front of them. Presumably, the found parts of the skeleton belong to Plesiosaurus that lived in ancient seas. The finding is being examined by the specialists from the Zoological Museum. It is the first finding of this kind on the Wrangel Island.
From July to September a scientific expedition of the Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) worked on the Island. The researchers managed to prove the findings of corals made in the 1960s. The age of the corals is estimated to be about 420 million years (Silurian deposit in the lower course of the Lemmingovaya River). Corals were also located in the coal formations (300-320 million years) on the Viyuchny mountain pass and in the coast outcropping of the river Somnitelnaya. The most interesting and rare finding were the clamshells found in the Triassic deposits in the South of the Island – in the outflow of the river Krasnaya. Their age, according to preliminary estimates, is about 216-203 million years ago. The found collections of faunal remains have been passed to the experts for examination and specification of the age of inclosing deposits.
21st September 2014 employees of the nature reserve – senior state inspectors Igor Oleynikov, Denis Vasiliev, Ivan Rusov, Ilya Petukhov, Sergei Mironov, Grigory Abramkin, headed by the director of the nature reserve Alexander Gruzdev, erected a monument “Captain Robert Bartlett’s Camp”.
Regarding the history of the Wrangel Island:
"Karluk", the flagship of the Canadian Arctic Expedition commanded by Captain Robert Bartlett set off to the Arctic Ocean in search for new lands in 1913. From the very beginning, the ship was out of luck: she was forced to drift, and was taken from Alaska coast to the Wrangel Island. The ship could not withstand ice pressure and sank, the people got out on the ice and with great difficulties reached the island, then uninhabited. But not all the people – eight of them died. Robert Bartlett, the captain of “Karluk”, made a heroic effort to save the rest of the crew: accompanied by an Eskimo he went across the De Long Strait (Longa) on a dog sled in search of help. In September of 1914 Bartlett reached the Wrangel Island on board of American vessel “Bear”.
Captain Bartlett performed an unprecedented deed in the history of the Arctic – he was the only person who managed to cross the De Long Strait and save his crew from death.
Hats off to Captain Bartlett!
The author of the monument – Konstantin Novikov.
In July and August 2014 two cruise ships, Professor Khromov and Hanseatic visited the Wrangel Island and brought ecological tourists. Five tourists had a 10 days excursion with a representative of the nature reserve. The visitors stayed at guest houses.