The field operation to rescue Kvoter, the Red-crowned crane, successfully ended in Primorye
In May 2020, this Red-crowned crane, aged 1.5 years, was released from an aviary in the Muravyevsky Park of Sustainable Nature Management in Amurskaya Province where these rare individuals are bred. The people named it Kvoter and fixed it with a GPS transmitter. According to the researches, Kvoter was supposed to join the flock of his relatives and fly with them to China for the winter. However, after flying alone in Amurskaya Provice until late autumn, on November 8, the bird moved to China, flew almost to Daqing, but then chose a completely different route.
As soon as the data from the radio transmitter confirmed that the crane settled in the Dalnegorsky district of Primorye in completely non-typical taiga WWF Russia reported this fact to the hunting supervision service to obtain permits for the removal of the bird.
At the same time near the village of Monomaho right in the field where lost Kvoter was found, researches started the field operation in the waist-deep snow, in snowstorms and frost. The people were remotely observing the bird days and nights, fed and protected it.
The researchers had to live side by side with this crane for two months, and if it were not for the help of local residents, it is still unknown how their titanic efforts would have ended. It was ordinary caring people who first came to help the bird. They laid out corn and went fishing because the crane refused to eat fish from the supermarket.
Further observations of ornithologists showed that the crane fed on the field edge and spends the night near the Krivaya River. But with the arrival of frosts the water began to freeze, the snow covered the remnants of grain which could force the bird to move from its familiar spot thus dooming Kvoter to death. So, catching was inevitable.
Good preliminary preparation, a great desire to save the bird and an ordinary, only very large...snowdrift, in which the ornithologist spent two days, have helped to catch the crane.
Kvoter was placed in a warm house in the Rehabilitation Center in Alekseevka, Primorye. The house was specially purchased with the support of WWF Russia supporters for keeping these heat-loving rare birds in comfortable conditions.