I grew up in Russia, have studied Arctic birds since the 1990s, and have made some ornithological discoveries in the region. These discoveries included finding a population of brown dippers (Cinclus pallasii) that overwinter and feed underwater in northeastern Sakha Republic where winter air temperatures drop below -60oC; explaining the mysterious ability of ptarmigans (Lagopus muta) to overwinter in Franz Joseph Land far above the Arctic Circle despite having very poor night vision; and finding the first breeding colony of rare Aleutian terns (Sterna aleutica) on Chukchi Peninsula. I gained extensive experience conducting research in the remotest parts of Siberia at any time of year, led successful ornithological expeditions, including a field study of critically endangered spoon-billed sandpipers (Calidris pygmaea) by Danish Ornithological Societyin 2007, and organized a complex study of the responses of Arctic birds to invasive brood parasites that was conducted simultaneously in Finland, Siberia and Alaska in 2015-2017. In 2012-2013 I participated in the reintroduction of another critically endangered bird, the whooping crane (Grus americana), in Louisiana, and learned to install solar-powered GPS trackers, to download the data via Argos satellite network, and to analyze it using a broad variety of methods. My Russian background and relevant experience have put me in a unique position to tackle this challenge, and for the last six years I’ve been establishing necessary contacts and planning the study.