«Stork nest keepers» protect the nests of the Oriental stork from fire
In 2004, WWFRussia initiated a social movement “Stork nest keepers” in Amurskaya and Evreiskaya provinces. It unites organizations and people who take care of one or a number of trees with stork nests and protect the nests from forest fires. Traditionally, fire preventive measures are taken in autumn. They include cutting down the grass and creating firebreaks around trees with nests. Practice shows that trees treated in September – October successfully survive fires both in autumn and in coming spring.
Fire preventive measures for trees and artificial tripods nests have been done in three “stork” wildlife refuges of Amurskaya province. The staff of directorate treated 11 nests and several uninhabited tripods in Berezovsky Wildlife Refuge and 3 nests and 3 tripods in Muravyovsky Wildlife Refuge. The students of Bars brigade and AmurSEU staff conducted treatment for 21 nests and a tripod in Amursky Wildlife Refuge and 4 more nests in Muravyovsky Refuge. It took 4 days to do this work.
NGO Khingan Keepers is involved in stork conservation in the area of Khingan-Arkhara lowland. According to Mikhail Parilov, researcher of Khingansky Nature Reserve, fire preventive treatment was already conducted for 30 stork nests, this activity is still in process.
With the beginning of fire season, stork nests in Evreiskaya province are threatened as well. The staff of the Directorate of Wildlife and Protected Areas Management together with NGO Bagulnik and Berkut student brigade have launched the fire preventive treatment for trees with stork nests since September. This work was carried out with support of WWF Russia that provided funds for fuel for field trips and wear parts, as well as modern equipment such as grass trimmer, air blower, shovels and rakes.