Laura Williams: The Stork's Nest
The Storks' Nest: Life and Love in the Russian Countryside by Laura L. Williams
with photoraphs by Igor Shpilenok
About the Author
Laura Williams, Senior Advisor, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Russia. Laura is currently based in Kamchatka as Director of WWF Russia's Kamchatka/Bering Sea Ecoregional Office. She also has worked extensively on nature conservation in European Russia, which is the setting for her new book, The Storks' Nest, to be published in March 2008. Laura also is a columnist for Russian Life magazine and has contributed articles to National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, E-Magazine, Canadian Wildlife, and Geo.
About the Book The Storks' Nest
Drawn to Russia to work on conserving its extensive wilderness, Laura Williams shares the story of her life-changing move to the countryside, where she works on a remote nature reserve and meets naturalist and photographer Igor Shpilenok. Together they explore the wilderness in the Bryansk Forest surrounding their village of Chukhrai, encountering the elusive black stork, apprehending poachers, and raising a moose. Through the long winter, they cope with hardships, which Laura learns are nothing compared to those the villagers have experienced in the past century. This is the story of the transformation of a city-raised, Cornell-educated American to someone who could survive in virtual isolation from the civilized world, while contributing to the conservation of a uniquely diverse forest ecosystem and learning about Russian traditions and culture.
To learn more about the book, please visit http://www.shpilenok.com/expeditions