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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
12:41 pm
Rhinoceros sondaicus
I will be guiding a Royle Safaris trip to watch Javan Rhinos and other mammals (as well as other wildlife) in June 2020. Javan Rhinos occur only in one national park, and might be wiped out in a few years if Krakatau Volcano's activity continues to grow, so this is one place you shouldn't delay visiting. We have just 2 places left (it's a small-group tour). Trip description and booking information.
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
12:50 pm
Climate change
I keep running into people who call themselves naturalists but are still profoundly ignorant about the ongoing climate meltdown. So let me summarize the current situation so in the future I can simply send them to this post.
1. The fact that human activity is causing an unnaturally rapid climate change has been known for decades; even oil companies accepted it as their internal documents show. It is one of the best-proven facts in recent history of science. All subsequent "controversy" has nothing to do with science (or freedom of speech) - it's a propaganda war waged by oil, gas and coal companies, politicians they have bought, and a few idiots who serve them for free.
2. Constant attacks by paid trolls have made climate scientists overly cautious in their predictions. Also, many secondary causes of accelerated warming and feedback loops making it worse are outside the realm of climate science. What it means is that all predictions are too optimistic. Even the most extreme "climate alarmists" actually have no idea how bad it really is.
3. The climate meltdown is not just unnaturally rapid, it also happens at a time when all of our planet's ecosystems are already falling apart. The pressure on them has been slowly growing since people killed virtually all large animals on one continent after another during the last fifty thousand years, but in the last 300 years it has been worsening exponentially. Many parts of the world are now basically wastelands, and the oceans are also dying fast. We just don't realize how screwed up our planet is because no human living today has ever seen a fully functional, intact natural ecosystem.
4. My prediction is that by the end of this century the planet will be 7-10C warmer, 70-80% of all plant and animals species will be extinct, the climate will be too unstable for agriculture, all ice caps will be gone, the air will not be breathable for humans above 1000 m a.s.l., and human population will be below 10% of the present level and still falling.
5. It is too late to avert the disaster, but we can still try to avoid the worst. The most effective ways to do it is to (1) get rid of anti-environment politicians by whatever means necessary (all of them without exception are thieves anyway), (2) institute steep carbon taxes, (3) strip fossil fuel, timber, fishing and other extraction industries of all subsidies, (4) heavily subsidize renewable energy instead, and (5) subsidize all methods of family planning, including abortion. It is all very simple and will make our lives better in so many ways.
Monday, May 20th, 2019
9:27 pm
Buceros rhinoceros


Rhinoceros hornbills / птицы-носороги, Sepilok, Sabah.
Monday, March 4th, 2019
8:15 pm
Megaptera novaeangliae


Humpback whales/киты-горбачи, off Okinawa.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
8:53 am
Rhinolophus formosae


Taipingshan, Taiwan
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
10:09 am
Kilauea / Килауэа


Lava fountains from Fissure 8, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii (turn on the sound). The bigger one is ~60 m high, but while I was watching there was an earthquake and the lava shot up to ~200 m; the sound almost busted my eardrums. The fountains are fairly safe to watch from about 100 m, but I took photos and videos from farther away to make the fountains fit into the frame and to avoid overheating the camera. I could probably get even closer, but felt a bit uncomfortable walking on lava that hadn't fully cooled down. The fountains are feeding a massive, fast-flowing lava flow that is entering the ocean 11 km downstream, gradually forming a large delta.

Лавовые фонтаны из Трещины 8, вулкан Килауэа, Гавайи (включите звук). Тот, что побольше, примерно 60 м высотой, но пока я на них смотрел, случилось землетрясение и лава стрельнула вверх метров на двести; у меня от грохота чуть перепонки не лопнули. Cмотреть более-менее безопасно со ста метров, но снимал я с большего расстояния, чтобы фонтаны в кадр помещались и камера не нагревалась. Можно было, наверное, даже поближе подойти, но мне было как-то стремно ходить по не совсем остывшей лаве. Фонтаны - исток мощного, быстро текущего лавового потока, который впадает в океан в 11 километрах ниже по течению, постепенно создавая большую дельту.
10:02 am
Junonia orithya


Courtship of blue pansies, OIST hillside, Okinawa
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
9:18 am
Monday, May 7th, 2018
1:20 am
Advances of ornithology / Успехи орнитологии
Our paper (with Mark E Hauber, Daniel Hanley, and Kristaps Sokolovskis) has just been published in Journal of Field Ornithology. Thanks to my co-authors and all volunteers who participated in the study! PDF provided upon request.
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
6:43 pm
New job / новая работа


I just accepted a job offer. Starting next week, I'll be working as the anchor of the new weekly show "True Russian science against Western pseudo-science" at Channel 1 of Russian State TV. Our first episode will be about Trofim Lysenko, a true Russian patriot who was slandered by the agents of global anti-Russia conspiracy.

Я только что принял предложение новой работы. Со следующей недели я буду ведущим новой еженедельной программы "Российская наука против западной лженауки" на Первом канале. Первый выпуск будет посвящен реабилитации народного академика Трофима Денисовича Лысенко, оклеветанного врагами России.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
11:14 am
Advances of science and conservation
Our paper (with Jon Hall): Mammalwatching: A new source of support for science and conservation has just been published in IJBC. It’s open access.
Monday, February 26th, 2018
2:38 pm
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
2:16 am
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
3:28 am
日本
Our photos from "real" Japan are here (the first few pics are from my 2005 trip).

Наши фотографии из "настоящей" Японии тут (в начале несколько моих фоток 2005 г).
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
3:56 pm
Vietnam


Last month I spent two weeks in Vietnam looking for rare mammals. Photos are here (the last 4 on page 8 and all of page 9). My trip report for mammalwatching.com is here.

Фотки из короткой экспедиции в национальный парк Пу Мат, Вьетнам: последние четыре на странице 8 и вся страница 9.
Monday, December 25th, 2017
12:04 am
Botany/Ботаника
Flora of Southern Africa/Флора Южной Африки: 1, 2, 3
Sunday, November 26th, 2017
11:03 pm
Etosha
My wife's photos from Etosha/Русалочкины фотки из Этоши, August 2017:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/41732178@N02/sets/72157666683894299
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
9:00 am
Advances of zoology / Успехи зоологии
Published two papers in Neotropical Biology and Conservation: 1 (with Sergei Kolenov), 2.
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
10:31 pm
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
8:02 pm
Namibia


A few photos from Namibia: 1, 2
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