Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 19 长江源志愿工作第19天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!

It was a happy surprise to find a new grebe egg was laid this morning, making the number up to 5 in one nest. I hope all can be successfully hatched and well grown before the migration season comes. 

Thick clouds were covering the Bende Lake before noon, and the cold wind had been blowing all the time, which made the birds inactive too. Just when we were sitting in the observation room feeling bored, three bears suddenly showed up on the Bende Mountain – an adult brown bear with two big babies relaxingly eating grass! This is a rare scene, and especially that they were so close to our surveillance camera! One of the naughty babies looked up after eating for a while and saw our infrared camera sticking above the ground. So it curiously craw forward, moved away one of the stones fixing the camera, held the camera, and start licking and chewing it. I’m very curious about the scene that camera has caught. It must be very interesting. We watched closely every move of the family, even how they did breastfeeding. We saw one of the baby bears has white milk around its mouth left when it finished eating. It licked off the milk with great content as if it was very delicious. Two nipples on the left side of the mother’s breast were surrounded with wet milk, but it didn’t mind to clean up before falling back to lay on the ground face-up, crossed its legs and started taking a nap. Great laughters burst out from the observation room. We’ve never seen a bear sleeping in this position, so much like human beings. 

Suddenly Gaoge decided to go field filming with a drone. So we jumped on the SUV after briefly ate our lunch. The Bende Mountain is half an hour away driving through the mountain slope without an existing road. After almost bumping our guts out, we finally stopped at a slope approximately one kilometer from the target area. The sunshine here is very bright, giving us a good view of the mountain. We could already see the bears running with naked eyes as soon as the drone flew there. While being happy about the awesome scene we caught, I also think it would be better if the drone could be quiet (without being too expensive) and decrease the disturbance to the filming targets. The way back was as exciting as when we came. We even nearly drove off two little cliffs. 

In the evening rumors said that there will be a position exchange that I might need to go back to the station in Tanggulashan Town tomorrow. I hope it’s not true. I really don’t feel like leaving this gorgeous lake. 





Operating the drone sitting on the grassland

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