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Released for free flight

13 august 2020
Two Oriental storks have been released into the wild on the territory of Evreiskaya province. Rare birds were tagged with rings and GPS-transmitters provided by WWF Russia to track their flyways. The mission has become possible thanks to the efforts of the Rehabilitation Center "TIGR", the Far Eastern Administration of Rosprirodnadzor, the Wildlife Management Departments of Primorsky and Evreiskaya provinces.
This time the release of rare birds can be regarded as a miracle on three occasions. The first miracle had happened when two chicks, left in boxes on the burning hot roadside, were lucky to be found alive and timely transported to the Rehab Center. Second, they survived and successfully passed though the course of rehabilitation. And the third miracle is the freedom that birds have finally gained. The colossal work of conservationists stands behind each of these rescue episodes.

Released into the wild. The video by the Rehab Center "TIGR"

This is the second release of Oriental storks from the Rehabilitation Center in Primorye. The first one took place exactly one year ago, on August 13, 2019, also in Evreiskaya province. New feathered patients will have to join the flock in the same wetlands in the Dobraya River floodplain to the southeast of the Zhuravliny Wildlife Refuge. The place of release was determined thanks to new technologies and the support of WWF Russia.

Tracks of storks in July-August
WWF Russia
According to Anna Serdyuk, PhD, senior coordinator of protected areas at WWF Russia Amur branch:
“The optimal place of release was chosen according to the tracks of Oriental storks tagged with GPS transmitters in 2018-2019. We have analyzed where storks from Primorsky, Khabarovsky and Evreiskaya provinces usually gather in this season. The birds are concentrated in the floodplain of the Middle Amur to the south of Evreiskaya province near the Russian-Chinese border. It takes a lot of time for storks to prepare for autumn migration, birds stay in this area rich in food for more than a month to gain strength before a long migratory flight to wintering grounds in Central China - the Yangtze Valle and Lake Poyang. I am sure that their wild relatives will accept our new pets.”
After tagging with GPS transmitters and rings storks were placed in transportation boxes. The transportation operation was organized at night, so that the birds suffered less from the heat. It took 14 hours to bring the storks by car from Primorsky to Evreiskaya province on the distance of 1200 km. On August 13, 2020, the storks were released into the wild.
Transportation boxes with stroks ready for the long journey
Elena Starostina / WWF Russia

The work of the Rehabilitation Center "TIGR" is supported by WWF Russia, the  Amur Tiger Center and the Presidential Grants Foundation. 

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