the banks of the Yellowstone to taimen strongholds throughout Khuvsgul Province,
TTF has had a busy year. We were proud to introduce a program created by Mrs.
Chris Pavlovich, PhD candidate at Montana State University and teacher at East
Side Elementary School in Livingston, Montana, to elementary educators across
northern Mongolia. The Watershed
Warriors Program (WW) is an award-winning curriculum that provides hands-on, place-based,
real-life applications to science while
bestowing stewardship of and access to a student’s landscape and
to funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and your gracious donations,
our inaugural WW Exchange was nothing short of a resounding success. Mrs.
Uugnaa Purevdorj (of our partner organization, The Taimen Conservation Fund
(TCF)), long-time educator Mrs. Muugi Byambajav, and Mr. Erdene Sainbayar,
specialist in the Department of Education in Khuvsgul Province, visited
Livingston to interact first hand with the WW curriculum. In July, Chris, her colleague Mrs. Jessica
Hanson and TTF Program Manager John Bailey led a multi-day teacher-training
workshop on the headwaters of the Selenge River, hosting 17 educators over three
While in Mongolia in
September, I had the opportunity to meet with the team and education officials
in Moron. Teachers from July’s workshop
are today implementing WW in five school districts throughout Khuvsgul. We’ve translated the entirety of the curriculum,
and established a group Facebook page for students and teachers to share
findings and experiences. While
visiting, I joined a 6th grade science class for macro invertebrate
sampling. I was overwhelmed by how
rewarding the experience was to be with these eager and inquisitive students.
Once again, your donations, and a generous grant from the
Yellow Dog Conservation and Community Foundation (YDCCF), supported TTF’s flagship
RiverKeepers Program. Our anti-poaching
effort, conducted in coordination with local herders and law enforcement
throughout the Eg watershed is now a decade old!
As around the world, the spread of non-biodegradable waste has risen
dramatically over the last few years in the Eg and in 2019 TTF sponsored our
first river cleanup on the watershed.
TTF plans to engage with other conservation organizations and local citizens
to organize river cleanups on the Eg River, spring 2020.
Looking forward, 2020 will be another great year for TTF as
an organization. We will conclude our
genetics data gathering in the Shishged River with Mongolia-based NGO, Save the
Taimen. In addition, we will work
closely in the first quarter of 2020 to identify a watershed or stretch of
river that currently has no outfitting or enhanced protection. It has become apparent that those watersheds
that still have natural populations of fish need protection quickly in order to
build-up buffer zones for established strongholds. This new program will take
what we have learned in the Eg to create the RiverKeeper Recovery Program,
much-needed for the continued conservation of wild taimen in Mongolia.
Season’s Greetings from the TTF team.
Please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia. TTF
is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible. Use the envelope
provided to send a check or take a peek at our website and donate online
(www.taimenfund.org). Thank you
one and all for all of your support and all the best in 2020.
Taimen Fund has big plans for 2019, including the expansion of our RiverKeepers
Program to other Mongolian watersheds and a social media campaign to educate
Mongolian anglers and public of national fishing regulations. Our most
ambitious program to date – bringing an award-winning, Livingston, Montana
developed elementary school watershed health and science curriculum to schools
in the Murun area – will launch in 2019.
of these programs need your support. Please consider donating today.
Meet our Research Partners
and Welcome to the Taimen Vault:
Taimen Fund inhabits the confluence of conservation and education and without
each neither alone can save the taimen of Mongolia. We are fortunate to work
with a number of area experts and research partners and we’d like to shine a
light on their participation.
visit the redesigned Taimen Fund website to meet our team of dedicated
scientists, educators and conservation specialists at
also find the start of our Taimen Vault – a repository for what we hope to be
the world’s leading research and reporting on taimen on the web. It’s just a
start but we’ll be adding to it over the coming months so please check back
Slideshow of Peter Fong’s
Lake Baikal Headwaters Expedition:
Taimen Fund supported author and adventurer Peter Fong’s 2018 Lake Baikal
Headwaters Expedition and in return his team surveyed communities along the
Delger Murun watershed for future TTF conservation work in the area.
Baikal Expedition, the first of its kind saw the team summit the largest mountain
in the region and descend down to the first braid of water forming the Delger
Murun. They then proceeded to follow the Delger Murun in its entirety to
the Selenge River and all the way into Russia at Lake Baikal.
As the year comes to an end, please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia. TTF is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible. Use the “Donate” button below to pay with a credit card or Paypal.
Thank you one and all for everything that you have done to make 2018 a great year for The Taimen Fund (TTF). We have so many friendships, partnerships, donors and advisors that help throughout their year, truly too many to mention on a one-page note. However, we would be remiss not to mention Ross Purnell and Fly Fisherman Magazine for putting on a fantastic fundraising event in Denver last month. In one evening, we were able to raise over $20,000 to put towards our projects in Mongolia. Thank you and Happy 50th Anniversary Fly Fisherman Magazine.
2018 has been another successful year for TTF. We have continued our efforts in the Eg Watershed with our marquee RiverKeeper program. Working with this group of locals and herders has helped curb poaching and has produced a core of advocates and outreach network throughout the watershed. For fly anglers the Eg watershed is best known for the Hovsgol/Sweetwater Travel Camps and we are proud to help protect that amazing resource. Special thanks to TTF longtime partner Taimen Conservation Fund-Mongolia for their tireless efforts in the watershed and for Yellow Dog Conservation and Community Fund for awarding TTF a grant for continued work with the RiverKeepers.
In 2018 TTF also supported the ambitious effort of author/scientist/adventurer Peter Fong and his Baikal Headwaters Expedition. Peter and his team, including longtime partner, Conservation Geneticist and UNR PhD candidate Lanie Galland, began on August 12 when they summited the largest mountain in the region and descended down to the first drop of water forming the Delger Moron. They then proceeded to follow the Delger Moron in its entirety to the Selenge River and all the way into Russia, where Peter successfully reached Lake Baikal on October 10th.
Throughout the expedition Peter and his team collected water samples, invertebrate samples and fin clips. On behalf of TTF, the expedition conducted surveys in villages throughout the watershed. The surveys covered questions pertaining to watershed health, environmental education and fishing regulations. We are sifting through the results at this time and look forward to using the knowledge gained to better focus our conservation efforts in the region. Congratulations Peter on an amazing endeavor!
It was great to reconnect with long time conservation partner, Dr. Olaf Jensen of Rutgers University. TTF supported the participation of three Mongolian students in a joint Mongolian-American research expedition from June 9 – July 14, 2018. The expedition focused on social and ecological change in the Eg River Valley. Our donors supported a PhD student from Mongolian Education University, a student of geography and GIS at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and a Mongolian MS student in socioeconomic studies at Incheon University in South Korea, to work alongside American students in projects focused on understanding changes in the way Mongolian herders use natural resources, especially fish.
Finally, as promised last year, we have nominated a Mongolian to join the TTF Board of Directors later this month. Mr. Esentsengel (Esee) Sukhee is a Deputy Director at MCS Holding LLC, a partner with the Fly Shop Mongolia, fly angler and conservationist. We look forward to working with Esee for many years to come.
TTF is excited about our upcoming work in 2019. We will continue our work with the RiverKeepersand partner with Bioregions and Mongolia River Outfitters to host the second “Healthy Taimen Festival” and wellness clinic along the Onan River. Additionally, we are excited to work with PhD candidate Mrs. Chris Pavlovich of the East Side School in Livingston, Montana collaborating with teachers in Hovsgol Province to enhance their watershed health curriculum. Her proven program brings hands-on conservation and ecology to the fifth-grade classroom here in Montana and will be an important new program for our work in Mongolia.
Please consider a donation towards our important work in Mongolia. TTF is a registered 501c3 and donations are tax deductible. Donate here on our website. Thank you one and all for all of your support and all the best in 2019.
We’re proud to announce the launch of www.taimenfund.org Generation 2, a completely re-designed presentation of our work and our place on the web.
Please take a look around the site and let us know what you think. We’re trying to highlight the programs we’ve developed in support of Mongolian taimen conservation and giving due recognition to the many partners who’ve supported these efforts.
Many of those will be on-hand Sunday, November 4th at the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado to support the release of Fly Fisherman Magazine’s One Path feature film and our fight to save the world’s largest salmonid.
The evening will feature a silent auction benefiting The Taimen Fund’s work in Mongolia, a concert by local favorite Coral Creek (word is the Executive Director of The Taimen Fund, Charlie Conn, is going to join the band on stage!), a new beer release from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery, great food and company.
For more information, please contact John Bailey of The Taimen Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the site’s re-launch, we’ll be accepting secure bids for a number of the items from the night’s auction, including a Taimen Fund-themed driftboat from Boulder Boat Works, original art from Josh Udesen of Tightline Studios, a taimen trip from Mongolia River Outfitters, and Colorado angling. Many more items will be available at auction on Sunday. www.taimenfund.org/silent-auction/
Please visit www.taimenfund.org for further information on the One Path event, the auctions and updates from Mongolia.
Thanks to Ross Purnell, Editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine, The Taimen Fund 501c3 will be the beneficiary of a very cool event in Denver. On November 4th Fly Fisherman is premiering their new film, One Path: The Race to Save Mongolia Giant Salmonids, at the Paramount Theater. The evening will be abuzz with live music from Coral Creek, the debut of a special beer from Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewery, and ticket sales and auction items will help support out continued work in Mongolia. Thanks so much to Ross and our event sponsors and donors including Boulder Boat Works, Mongolia River Outfitters, Traeger, the Fly Shop, Costa, Tightline Studios, Landon Mayer, Umpqua and Earl Harper.