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Steppe eagles of Southern Siberia return after winter migration

01 april 2022
When spring begins, the steppe eagles of Southern Siberia return to the places where they were born. The migration of birds is monitored by WWF Russia and ornithologists with the help of GPS / GSM trackers. The project is support of the World Around You Foundation of the Siberian Wellness Corporation

Today the whole world celebrates International Bird Day. The most international holiday, because migratory birds that do not know the borders of states can only be saved through the efforts of many states.

With the beginning of spring, the steppe eagles of Southern Siberia return to the places where they were born. Birds of prey are monitored by WWF Russia experts, ornithologists, using GPS/GSM trackers, devices that are attached to the bird's back and provide valuable scientific information.

Since 2017, the Steppe Eagle Conservation Project has been implemented by ornithologists of the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network. They monitor the steppe eagles of Siberia within the framework of the WWF Russia project, the World Around You Foundation of the Siberian Wellness Corporation in partnership with the Khakassky and Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina nature reserves and the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Khakassia.

самка степного орла по имени Тэс
Аскиз
Гнездо Аскиза и Бэллы
Askiz and Bella, steppe eagles of Siberia.
(c) WWF / Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network.

Eagles older than one year have already left for Russia. The eagles hatched in 2018-2019 are in a hurry, they are already old enough to start a family.

The eagle hatched in Altai Republic, called  Zhanna , quickly flew to Kazakhstan near Ust-Kamenogorsk and from day to day should cross the border with Russia to move to her native Republic of Altai.

 

Elena Shnaider, the ornithologist, and Zhanna steppe eagle.
(c) WWF / Igor Karyakin
“Eagles from Khakassia and the Krasnoyarsk Territory, called Khakass, Ming and Sin, are still far from home. Khakass is in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, Ming flew into Turkmenistan, having traveled a long winding path: from the Omani coast of the Arabian Sea, through Kuwait, rounded the Persian Gulf, and from there to Iran. Min chose the farthest wintering place; he has been flying to this site every year since 2019. And his brother the eagle called Sin spent winter between Iran and Pakistan. His migration route is similar to the intricate Arabic script: through Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now Min is flying confidently towards Siberia and has so far stopped at Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan,” says Elena Schneider, WWF Russia expert, ornithologist of the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network.
Khakas, Min amd Sin, steppe eagles of Siberia
(c) WWF / Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network.

Hurricane and Tes, the eagles from Tyva Republic, are also on their way. The Hurricane’s zigzag is in Iran before taking a direct course to Siberia, and Tes is now in Uzbekistan.

But eagles up to a year old are in no hurry to go anywhere. Shamanka, Kron and Khan are still sending signals from the areas where they were spending winter: Kron and Khan in India and Pakistan, Shamanka in Nepal near Kathmandu.

The two-year-old eagle Askiz did not dare to leave the winter quarters in Pakistan for a long time, but eventually crossed Afghanistan and is now in Turkmenistan. And the cunning two-year-old Bella flew away from her native places only a thousand kilometers and spent the winter on the border of Kazakhstan and China, and now she is slowly exploring China, Mongolia and is about to fly to Tyva. 

Unfortunately, this winter the ornithologists lost contact with the birds of Kenzhyk, Haddad and Sarygul. Perhaps they will still be in touch., we will wait for the return!

You can follow the migration of steppe eagles online: http://rrrcn.ru/ru/migration/se2018

For additional information please contact
Senior Project сoordinator