Wildlife monitoring & deep wilderness program
Want to learn how to monitor wildlife in a deep wilderness environment?
For three weeks you will live and work in a roadless land. You will learn many new skills and find yourself more capable in the wilderness after the project is done.
Location: Deep wilderness, Swedish mountain range, central Sweden
Arctic fox / Red fox
Things you will learn and work with:
Operating different types of field equipment (camera traps, binoculars, GPS-devices, emergency equipment etc.)
How to set up an area for monitoring wildlife
Navigating on your own (using maps & compass, reading the terrain)
Various field monitoring techniques
Recognizing tracks and signs of various wildlife
Wilderness skills (firestarting, cooking in the wild, spotting good campsites)
GIS mapping system
How to act in an encounter (note that we strive towards causing minimum distubance to the animals)
Participants will be living in shared cabins on days between project sites. In the wilderness, we will be living in shared tents. Participants should be advised that most all of the working locations will be out of range for cellphones. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the night skies and socializing around a campfire.
Three meals per day will be provided. Participants will be cooking meals alongside the supervisor on a rotational basis. The food that is served will be only vegetarian with meat as an option on the side. People with allergies will be catered for if notice is given in advance. Inform us of any food or other allergies in your application. Please keep in mind that we might not be able to cater for every dietary requirement. In the wilderness the cooking facilities are rather limited. We ask for your understanding in this.
Minimum age 18 yrs
Very good physical fitness
Personal qualities of flexibility and adaptability.
A genuine interest in the natural world.
Self-motivated: A carefully structured program is provided, but participants need to be adaptable to program changes depending on variables in the running of the project. This program is only for people with an adventurous spirit! You might encounter lots of rain, wind and sun, hopefully more of the last-mentioned. The accommodation will be shared tents or cabins and cooking is done according to a roster. "Many hands make light work" is the motto! One day will vary much from the next, sometimes we will be sitting still, observing nature for long periods or when we move, a days hike is between 10-20 km and most often off-trail with 20 kg on our backs. So you need to be in good physical condition. But the most important thing we ask is that you have perseverance and do not quit when things get tough. Also note that this program does not guarantee that you will see any of the species listed above although in some cases the chances are good. This is not a safari. The program is meant to focus on learning the ropes around working and living in the field.
How to get here
You will need to arrange flights to Stockholm Skavsta or Arlanda airports. You will be picked up and dropped off at Stockholm Central trainstation by your project supervisor.
Passport, visa and insurence
A valid passport is required to enter Sweden. Since visa requirements vary from country to country, please check with your local embassy as to whether a visa is required to enter Sweden. A comprehensive travel insure is recommended before starting this project.
Dates & Price
Project Length & Dates: 17th August - 8th September 2020
Number of participants: Minimum 4, maximum 8
Age limit: 18 years
Cost: 1100 EUR /person
Transport: Pick-up and drop-off at Stockholm Central Trainstation. Transportation to and from project sites
Orientation: Comprehensive instructions and skills will be taught upon arrival and during the project, 1st Aid & safety, wilderness living, navigation wildlife monitoring techniques and more
Accommodation: Campsite cabins, tents, all accommodation is shared
Food: Three meals per day will be provided. Lunch is pre-packed by participants during breakfast. Snacks and soft drinks are not provided
Pre-departure kit: Full project details will be sent following your registration into the project
Clothes: A work shirt and cap will be given to participants
What's not included
Insurence: Participants must pay for their own travel insurence
Snacks and soft drinks
Flights and other travel expences
Personal equipment: Sleeping bags, personal clothing, backpack,