Round River offers a field-based study abroad program in the mountains of northern Mongolia. Students will conduct wildlife research in protected areas, assisting the Mongolian Wolverine Project with multi-species carnivore monitoring. Initially t...
Round River offers a field-based study abroad program in the mountains of northern Mongolia. Students will conduct wildlife research in protected areas, assisting the Mongolian Wolverine Project with multi-species carnivore monitoring. Initially the program will focus on the Ulaan Taiga Strictly Protected Area. Fieldwork will involve setting out a large number of camera traps and non-invasive hair snares over a wide area, and working with the Ulaan Taiga Protected Areas Administration (UTPAA) on study design, data management, and planning. The UTPAA has ongoing surveys of argali and ibex, but would like to expand to understanding the other ungulate populations; surveys on elk, roe deer, moose, musk deer, and wild reindeer are all needed. We will also explore activities with the communities, especially the children, as a way to talk about biodiversity and the value of parks and protected areas. The UTPAA is interested in developing a Junior Ranger program for local children and for visitors, modeled on the US National Park Service program. Beyond that, the field is wide open for social science research and outreach, as well as participatory planning and management practices.
This program provides an incredible opportunity to experience the vast landscapes and biodiversity of Mongolia. Operating from Round River’s base camp in the Darhad Valley, students will spend their time assisting our partners in remote mountainous regions of Mongolia. Field sites will be accessed by vehicle, horse, and by foot. Students should be prepared for hiking, backpacking, and an adventure of a lifetime.
In 2017, students may participate in any or all of the following field activities:
Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.
Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner.
We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.
Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.