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While adults protect cranes, kids from Russia, China and Mongolia draw “Crane – Bird of the World”

23 july 2020
About 1700 art works have been submitted to the international contest of children drawings “Crane – Bird of the World” organized by WWF Russia, WWF Mongolia and WWF China as part of the “Year for Cranes - 2020”. The main result of the year is to finalize data on crane population status and to check if these birds are safe in the ecoregion.
Comments Yury Gafarov, coordinator of the Year for Cranes-2020 in the Amur basin, coordinator on protected areas projects at WWF Russia Amur branch: “The Amur River basin unites Russia, China and Mongolia. The Year for Cranes knitted together wildlife experts and children of these countries in care of these birds. The Amur basin is the most “crane” region in the world: the flyway and breeding grounds of 6 crane species out of 15 living on the Planet are located here – more than anywhere else on Earth. We are so happy to see about 1700 participants in the contest. I have never seen such a great number of crane art works in my life. Moreover, the drawing contest “Crane – Bird of the World” is just one part of the events of the Year for Cranes. The main goal is to conduct the census of white-naped crane and red-crowned crane. This work began in 2019 and continues now. Data analysis will help to assess the dynamics of crane populations and to define strategically important tasks for the conservation of wetlands and their inhabitants in the Amur basin.
Denis Solodov. "Your rush for wealth may cost them lives"
Nazar Sidorov. 10 y.o. White-naped crane
Daria Rakhmanova. "In the dusk". The leader in popular voting. More than 8 000 votes
Art pieces from the Amur River Basin

One of the main goals of the international contest of children's drawings “Crane — Bird of the World” was to draw people's attention to the problems of crane conservation and evoke their interest to preserve these rare birds.

 

Comments Liu Peiqi, head of WWF North-East China “Cranes are one the most representative wetland species in Heilongjiang Basin, which is also an important standard to measure the quality of wetland habitat and ecological security. Children’s painting works could express their cognition of cranes and wetlands, so as to encourage them to actively understand cranes and their homes, to establish the right attitude on the birds and wetlands conservation, and further inspire the young to center on conservation. In addition, the aesthetic paintings will be used to raise the wider public's conservation awareness of cranes, the beauty of the crane shall evoke people’s love of nature.”
Art works from China
Comments Battsetseg Batmunkh, marketing officer at WWF-Mongolia “This is the first year WWF-Mongolia/Mongolian children participated in the “Crane –Bird of the World” contest to raise awareness about the conservation of cranes and their habitats in particular in Mongolia. We are happy to inform that we received plenty of excellent artworks for the contest. When we announced the “Crane –Bird of the world” drawing contest, more children were spending time at home due to school closures and quarantine. Yes, having to adapt to a new (temporary) normal due to the coronavirus is hard. Therefore, we encouraged students to express themselves through illustrations or drawings, which is a great way of staying socially connected while keeping physical distance. Children shared their illustrations and drawings that help raise awareness on the importance of crane conservation. Also, we made sure the participants adhere to the engagement rules as the arts were going to get published on Amur info center website or social media channels.”
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Art works from Mongolia

The art pieces have been sent from all over Russia, China and Mongolia. The jury that was formed of representatives of national organizations of WWF Russia, China and Mongolia and invited experts in fine art, has selected the best works in the main nomination, as well as picked the winners in the nomination “Art of Protected Areas” represented by works - the winners of regional stages of the contest organized by protected areas of the Russian Far East. Moreover, a “popular voting” was suggested on the AmurInfoCenter contest page where people could mark the drawings they like the most. Some art pieces have received more than 8 000 votes!

The art pieces have been sent from all over Russia, China and Mongolia. The jury that was formed of representatives of national organizations of WWF Russia, China and Mongolia and invited experts in fine art, has selected the best works in the main nomination, as well as picked the winners in the nomination “Art of Protected Areas” represented by works - the winners of regional stages of the contest organized by protected areas of the Russian Far East. Moreover, a “popular voting” was suggested on the AmurInfoCenter contest page where people could mark the drawings they like the most. Some art pieces have received more than 8 000 votes!

Alina Krasilnikova. Dreams of paper cranes
Ekaterina Gotsulyal. 16 y.o.Melnichnoye village. 4 970 votes
Mikhal Kushnir. 10 y.o. Japanese crane

All participants of the contest will receive WWF’s diplomas. The awarding ceremony will take place in September. Also in autumn, an exhibition of best works will be held in the Amur basin.

The International Crane Foundation and the Crane Working Group of Eurasia by the initiative of WWF Russia have announced 2020 - the Year for Cranes. The reason for that was the decline in crane populations in the East Asia. Russian Bird Conservation Union has chosen the crane as the Bird of 2020 in Russia. 

WWF Russia will continue the public campaign “Crane – Bird of the World” which is uniting 24 nature reserves and national parks, 6 student nature protection brigades and 22 public organizations of the Amur ecoregion.

All the materials on the Year for Cranes – 2020 can be found on WWF Russia’s web portal AmurInfoCenter: https://amurinfocenter.org/en/

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