10 new artificial supports for Oriental stork nests are installed in Amurskaya province
While Oriental storks are wintering in their “apartments” on the Yangtze River in China, specialists of the Russian part of the Amur basin prepare for their safe return to breeding sites. Ten pairs of these Red Listed birds will be able to settle this year on new artificial supports.
An artificial support is built in a shape of tripod up to eight meters high. The weight of an Oriental stork nest can reach half a ton. Specialists use larch wood for the tripod, which is resistible to decay. After the snow melts, fire-prevention treatment will be conducted for the supports and all dry vegetation within a radius of 15 meters will be removed, ensuring the safety of nests during spring fires.
The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in the Russian Far East. It is endangered and listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and Annex I of the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (CITEC).WWF-Russia has been involved in the Oriental stork conservation work for over 20 years. During this time, thanks to the efforts of governmental and public organizations, the number of Oriental storks in the Russian part of the Amur River basin has doubled and is estimated at more than 950 breeding pairs.