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Eco-club members are happy and proud of being “Young Researchers”

The Mongolians have a long tradition, in which they live in harmony with nature and keep their children even young children close to nature, environment, flora and fauna in local areas. Based on this tradition, WWF-Mongolia implements a research programme “Young Researchers” for eco-club members-school children in order to inspire their passion into scientific studies. Under the programme, six school children from eco-clubs in Eastern Mongolia had three-day field studies in Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve in August, 2022. The field studies were guided by researchers-lecturers from National University of Mongolia.

The Mongolians have a long tradition, in which they live in harmony with nature and keep their children even young children close to nature, environment, flora and fauna in local areas. Based on this tradition, WWF-Mongolia implements a research programme “Young Researchers” for eco-club members-school children in order to inspire their passion into scientific studies. Under the programme, six school children from eco-clubs in Eastern Mongolia had three-day field studies in Khar Yamaat Nature Reserve in August, 2022. The field studies were guided by researchers-lecturers from National University of Mongolia.
On the first day, the school children were presented with basic methods to identify rare and threatened plant species in the Nature Reserve and to prepare plant herbarium and keep records of plant specimen. Also, they were presented with field studies on small rodents including proper placement of live traps for capture and measurements and keeping records of small rodents’ bodies.   All these demonstration practices in the field were very interesting and informative for them.  On the last day of the field studies, the children had a bird watching tour within the Nature Reserve, namely a forest, the main habitat for the birds recorded in the Nature Reserve. The field studies provided the children with the opportunity to learn about teamworking, basic study techniques and methods and expression and sharing of their views on discussing issues.  
A school boy-participant of the programme “Young Researchers”, B. Aduuchin, says: “the studies on small rodents were much interesting for me. We have learned about that the pastures are overgrazed and deteriorated due to non-rotational uses and the overgrazed or deteriorated pastures provide for a favourable distribution range for Brandt’s vole. These causes were explained by the university lectures who joined and led the studies”.   
The field studies were successfully done as planned and the eco-club members were very happy for what they have learned about the environment and biological species in their residential areas.
The field studies were guided by researchers-lecturers from National University of Mongolia.

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