Mendee joined our team in summer 2011. To honor the teamwork involved in running our field camp and carrying out research, her name is composed of the initials of team members working at the time of her capture: Mimi, Erke, Natsag, Dorj and Dashka. (Mendee is also a Mongolian name meaning “healthy,” or “fit as a fiddle” – which we hope she will be.) From what we’ve observed of her tracking data, she seems to be quite an exploratory bustard – venturing relatively far from her breeding site and spending time in unusual mountainous locales.