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The first baby storks born in the Amur River Basin

03 may 2020
On May 2, the first baby storks appeared in one of the nests of the Oriental stork in Amurskaya province. This moment was captured by WWF’s online cameras. The most important time has begun for storks in the Amur basin raising and feeding offspring.

Our storks have already survived the March fire and the April snowfall, and now with the help of web technologies we can track whether all the chicks are born and how they grow. These wonderful moments can be observed online on the AmurInfoCenter, the web portal of the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion.

The first baby storks born in the Amur River Basin
WWF Russia

The newborns were hatched in a nest located on the support of an inactive power line near the village of Tambovka. This year, stork families in all 4 nests monitored by online cameras installed in Amurskaya province by WWF Russia and NGO AmurSEU demonstrated a record number of eggs in a laid. 5 in each nest on the tree in the Beryozovsky Refuge and in two nests on the poles of power lines near the village of Tambovka, and the absolute record - 6 eggs in the nest on the artificial tripod in the Beryozovsky Wildlife Refuge. According to WWF experts, these indicators reflect the general favorable situation with the stork in the Amur basin. The results of surveys conducted in mid-April in model territories using drones showed a 1.5-fold increase in the number of breeding pairs and eggs in the nests of Oriental stork in the Amursky, Beroyzovsky and Muravyevsky Wildlife Refuges.

According to Anna Serdyuk, PhD, senior project coordinator on protected areas of WWF Russia Amur Branch:

“The appearance of offspring is the most critical time for all creatures on the planet. And nature strikes with its wisdom. Observations show that the birds understand how many chicks they can raise and feed, and, depending on the forage capacity they regulate the number of eggs in a clutch. In rich moist years, when there is enough food, there are more eggs. If the food supply is poor and the bird density is large, then 1-3 eggs is considered normal. Baby storks are usually hatched one after another, the first chick that is born is usually larger than the others. The chicks come out of the egg eye-sighted, covered with grayish-white fluff, but they are not able to feed themselves therefore they stay in the nest until they learn to fly”.

According to Anna Serdyuk, this year’s baby boom makes us pay special attention to protection of the forage base of the Oriental stork from “fish” poaching and the impact of agriculture, to studying the forage capacity. It’s also important to protect the existing nests from fires as well as expanding the nesting range of the Oriental stork by installing artificial supports outside the model territories, based on the results of the study.

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