Wildlife monitoring & Deep wilderness
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Location: Deep wilderness, Scandinavian mountain range
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)
Accommodation will consist of g in shared tents. The accommodation will consist of top of the line Hilleberg tents. Participants will have to share tents, usually from two to four people in one tent. Cooking will partially be done over an open fire or over solo stoves. Participants will help out with cooking on a rotational basis. The ability to look after not only yourself but also other people's needs in the wild is a crucial skill to learn and have while working in the backcountry.
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. The food that is served will be only vegetarian with meat as an option on the side. Participants will help out with cooking on a rotational basis.
Allergies can be catered for if notice is given in advance. Inform us of any food or other allergies when you apply. 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 and we have to carry all on our backs going in. We ask for your understanding in this.
* 18 yrs or above
* English speaking
* 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.
"Many hands make light work" is the motto! One day will vary much from the next, sometimes we will be observing nature for long periods or when we move, a days hike is between 10-20 km and most often off-trail sometimes with heavy backpacks. So you need make sure you are in good physical condition at the start of the expedition. 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 expedition is meant to learning how to work with monitoring wildlife and how to live 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 guide.
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 insurence is recommended.