“East of Siberia” Highlights Wildlife, Landscapes, and Villages

Photo exhibit at Bell Museum shows a rarely seen side of the Russian Far East

Conservation biologist Jonathan Slaght, who works for the Wildlife Conservation Society and is a University of Minnesota alum, has logged more than two decades working in Siberia. Slaght manages research projects dealing with owls and anti-poaching, and along the way has taken a wide range of photos that are currently featured at the Bell Museum of Natural History in the exhibit “East of Siberia: Wildlife and Wild Places of the Western Far East.”

Slaght’s photos include images of wildlife (the Russian Far East is habitat for Amur tigers and leopards, Kamchatka brown bears, and Blakiston’s fish owls), as well as landscapes and village life in this wild and seldom-seen part of the world. It’s a fascinating and varied portrait. Slaght also works on translating Russian scientific publications and papers into English, and works with Russian grad students on their dissertation projects. He has a guest blog for Scientific American that you can read here.

“East of Siberia: Wildlife and Wild Places of the Russian Far East” runs at the Bell Museum of Natural History through September 18, 2016.

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Quinton Skinner is a writer and editor based in the Twin Cities. A former senior editor of Minnesota Monthly, he held the same post at Twin Cities METRO and 
has written for major national and local publications. He is the co-founder of Logosphere Storysmiths and author of several novels, including his latest, Odd One Out.