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Born and raised in Russia, St. Petersburg. I was educated as a psychologist at St. Petersburg State University. Author of 7 books and several dozen articles on graphology, the total circulation of books in Russian exceeded 200,000 copies.
Since 2007 I have been professionally engaged in photography. I specialize in shooting architecture, landscapes and nature. Pictures have been published and are being published in magazines and calendars. Participant and winner of exhibitions and competitions of landscape photography.
Since 2014 I have been participating in environmental protection activities. I participate in work aimed at drawing attention to threatened species of flora and fauna, as well as to the preservation of their biodiversity and habitats, including the European otter (lutra lutra), living in the North-West of Russia and listed in the Red Book as a species threatened. I took part in the environmental monitoring of forests and water bodies many times, taking photographs and drawing up reports. I regularly take part in measures to clean up environmental pollution in the Leningrad Region. Marked with letters of thanks from the goverment of the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region of Russia, at the regional and municipal levels.
Currently I take part in the creation and development of OSG pages in Russian on Facebook, Instagram and Vkontakte. These pages are designed to:
- create a platform for the exchange of reliable scientific information on otters;
- to unite people interested in nature, the planet's biodiversity and its conservation;
- to attract the attention of scientists, researchers, amateur naturalists to the work of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Otter Specialist Group and become an active part of it; - to collect materials to better know the life of otters, their features, their habitat and the threats that exist for them.
I am a supporter of WWF Russia, holder of the honorary title "Guardian of the Earth", participant of the WWF program for the protection of the Amur tigers and sea otters in Russia.
© Ilya Schegolev, 2005-2021.