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Online cameras captured the first egg in the nest of Oriental storks in the Amur River Basin

26 march 2021
Today, on March 26, the first egg appeared in the nest of Oriental storks in Amurskaya province. This pair of storks has been breeding here for about 20 years. 4 years in a row specialists have been monitoring the nest with online cameras as part of a joint project of WWF Russia and NGO AmurSEU.
Since 2018, WWF Russia and NGO AmurSEU have been implementing the project on video surveillance of the nests of Oriental storks in Amurskaya province. In 2021, 6 online cameras are installed in four nests of these rare birds which already returned to all nests from winter quarters. The long-term residents of these places and the stars of the reality show "Oriental Stork online" have laid their first egg today in the nest located on a power transmission tower near the village of Tambovka.

Online cameras captured the first egg in the nest of Oriental storks in the Amur River Basin

“This pair of storks arrived unusually early this year on March 12th. Last year they returned from wintering sites on March 15th. And they have been nesting on this tower for about 20 years - in 2004 this nest was included in the stork register” comments Anton Sasin, PhD, coordinator of the Oriental stork conservation program of NGO AmurSEU.

Thanks to video streaming on the AmurInfoCenter portal of the Amur ecoregion anyone can now observe the life of Oriental storks https://amurinfocenter.org/tools/projects/cameras_stork.php

It's just a great pleasure, relaxation for the mind and heart to look after these beautiful birds online.

The first egg is laid
WWF Russia / AmurSEU
Comments Anna Serdyuk, PhD, senior project coordinator on protected areas at WWF-Russia Amur Branch: “The appearance of the first egg is a real gift for the Earth Hour from our feathered friends! A sure sign that life goes on and our concern for nature is bringing results. In winter, while the storks were "resting", ecologists worked to provide safe conditions for these rare birds. In Amurskaya province, the Directorate of Protected Areas and NGO AmurSEU installed 2 artificial supports in Beryozovsky and Muravyevsky wildlife refuges. Since January, the aeration of water reservoirs was organized in order to prevent fish winter kill within the home range of the Oriental stork in Amurskaya and Evreiskaya provinces. The experts from Khingansky Nature Reserve continue to protect stork nests from bears. This year, five nests were equipped with protective devices in Antonovskoye and Lebedinskoye forest areas. 30 nests on the territory of the reserve are now under protection."
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