Update from Saratov: 22 July 2010

Posted on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

David Waters, GBG Director, Suzy Elkins, GBG Marketing Manager, John Chitty, specialist veterinarian, and Ruth Manvell, virologist, are in Russia on a veterinary inspection of the bustards planned for release on Salisbury Plain later this year. David has sent the following update:

"The veterinary trip is going well so far. The bustards at the field station look to be in good condition. We will catch them up and give them a proper inspection and take some samples for analysis tomorrow. This needs to be done at first light to try and reduce the stress of the birds due to the heat here. It is forecast to be 38 degrees tomorrow! We have meetings arranged with the local veterinary authorities, and although it is early days, the paperwork seems to be progressing well.

A job for later today will be post morteming the eggs which did not hatch. It is always fascinating to see that John Chitty can tell from the insides of an old egg! Needless to say it is a smelly business and may be more so this year with the heat.

Those who know our Marketing and Membership Manager Suzy Elkins will not be surprised to learn she had made a big impact on our Russian colleagues with her enthusiasm. I am sure they will see more of her in the future."

Charlie Moores

Posted by Charlie Moores

Charlie is the Great Bustard news & Otis (the official Great Bustard magazine) editor, as well as being an authority on birds worldwide & writing for several online blogs.

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