Bell Museum exhibit explores Russia’s Primorye region

June 16, 2016
Jonathan Slaght

Jonathan Slaght, curator of “East of Siberia: Wildlife and Wild Places of the Russian Far East," a new photography exhibit at the Bell Museum.

Primorye, Russia is famous for its wildlife.  It is a place that roughly 2 million people—in addition to some of the rarest plants and animals on Earth—call home. Many of these animals are endangered, so this region is crucial to global biodiversity conservation. Through the new exhibit, “East of Siberia,” Slaght shares images of the wildlife, landscape and village life from his field work and travels in the Russian Far East. Slaght captures his experience living and working in this corner of Russia while highlighting his work conserving Blakiston’s fish owls, amur tigers and more.

What: “East of Siberia: Wildlife and Wild Places of the Russian Far East”- new photography exhibit at the Bell Museum

When: June 18 - September 18, 2016. Meet the artist on Sunday, June 19, from 2 - 4 pm. Admission on Sundays is free.

Where: Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Who: Curated by Jonathan Slaght, conservation biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences alum (PhD, 2011; MS 2005). Slaght has been a Projects Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program since 2011. In addition to managing several research projects involving Blakiston’s fish owls and anti-poaching, he also translates important Russian scientific publications into English, works with Russian graduate students to improve the scientific quality of their dissertation projects, and writes a guest blog for Scientific American.

Why: The Russian Far East is home to some of the world’s rarest and unique species, including Amur tigers and leopards, Kamchatka brown bears, and Blakiston’s fish owls. The Wildlife Conservation Society focuses on these key species as a means to achieve biodiversity conservation and protect critical habitats throughout this region.

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