Nadaam in Bayan-Ölgii Province
Nadaam, a midsummer festival that falls in the middle of July each year, is a national holiday in Mongolia. Much of the country takes the week off and travels to or from the countryside to be with family. One of the biggest holidays in Mongolia, it is celebrated with busy ceremonies, parades, and three games–horse racing, […]Continue reading
The team is back after a successful trip to the South Gobi! The Gobi was not like I imagined–no sand dunes and cacti. Dunes can be found in the Gobi, but they are more west, hopefully we will hit them later this summer. Instead, vast gravely, dusty plains dotted with short grasses and shrubs; think […]Continue reading
We take good care of our Pups!
After car troubles grounded us to the city for a delay of over a week, Baagii, Trisha, and I finally made our way back to the breeding facilities to do some field work, mainly taking good care of the dogs in our breeding program. First, we measured and weighed the dogs, measuring from their front […]Continue reading
Notes from the Field – 6/7/2017 – My First Week
I walked through Customs in Mongolia’s Chinggis Khaan International Airport on May 31st bleary but wide, bright eyed, and with an excited, nervous grin on my face into the welcoming handshake of Baatbaatar (Baagii), the leading member of the MBDP ground team. He delivered me to my apartment, where I spent the next several days […]Continue reading