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Russia and China summed up the results of the Oriental stork survey — 2018

18 september 2018
Video documentary "Birthday of a little stork"
More than 1 000 breeding pairs of the Oriental stork inhabit the Amur River basin. The results of the stork survey were summed up at the international conference “Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation” held with WWF support on 15-17 September in Blagoveschensk.

The international conference “Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation” became the final event of the Year of the Oriental stork – 2018 declared by WWF and the Amur Coalition of environmental NGOs. The conference was attended by the experts from Russia, China, Japan and the South Korea: scientists, staff from the protected areas, representatives of the governmental and public organizations, as well as business companies.

The wide-scale Oriental stork census was held in Russia and China for the first time in 10 years. This colossal work was launched in winter with the pioneer search of nests located in the remote areas, continued in spring by the survey of nest occupation, and in summer by tracking the chicks.

International conference "Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation”
Anna Barma / WWF Russia
Comments Yury Darman, Ph.D, honored ecologist of the Russian Federation, senior advisor of WWF Russia, the chairman of the Oriental Stork Working Group:
“Data obtained on the current Oriental stork population numbers are very encouraging – more than 1000 breeding pairs are registered in the Amur River basin. In general, over the past 20 years the population increased by one-and-a-half times, and doubled in Amurskaya province. It is great in particular that more than 140 storks are living in the wild in Japan, and two breeding pairs have been formed from the birds released in the South Korea. All these birds are the chicks of those storks that were handed over by Russia to the neighboring countries in the framework of the international cooperation program.”
Yury Darman, the chairman of the Oriental Stork Working Group, sums up the results of the Oriental stork survey and the implementation of the Oriental Stork Conservation Strategy 2000-2018
International conference "Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation”
Alexander Barbarich

Another important event of the year is signing the MoU on joint work in research of the Oriental stork migration between the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Honghe Nature Reserve, the Coordination Council of the directors of nature reserves of the southern Far East, the United Directorate “Zapovednoye Priamurye” and WWF Russia Amur branch.

Li Xiaoming reports on the Oriental stork population numbers in China
Li Hubing from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences presents the project on tracking the birds with GPS transmitters
International conference "Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation”
Anna Barma / WWF Russia
Peter Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch notes:
“Thanks to the MoU signed between Russia and China about 50 chicks of the Oriental stork were fitted with GPS trackers. Next year this work will be continued and we will obtain the information on migration routes, stopover sites and wintering grounds in the changed conditions of rapid economic development of the region. This year, the Blagoveschensk Pedagogical University, NGO AmurSEU and WWF Russia have started the research on the habitat of the Oriental stork. This work will help to understand what other measures are required to keep the Oriental stork population stable.

The premiere of the documentary “Birthday of a little stork” became a bright event of the conference.

"Birthday of a little stork"

In the end of the meeting the field trip to Amursky Wildlife Refuge was organized. The participants learned about the work of the “Stork Nest Keepers” movement that helps to take fire preventive measures for the trees with nests and install artificial towers for the nests.


Vladimir Andronov, head of the United Directorate "Zapovednoye Priamurye"
Anton Sasin, active member of the NGO AmurSEU
Vladimir Pronkevich, the Institute of Water and Environmental Problems
Yury Gafarov, the head of the NGO AmurSEU
Yury Darman, senior advisor of WWF Russia, the chairman of the Oriental Stork Working Group
Yury Panin, the Directorate of Protected Aereas Management of Evreiskaya province
Michail Parilov, Khingansky Nature Reserve
Ivan Tiunov, Reserch Center for Biodiversity of the Russian Academy of Sciencies
"Stork Nest Keepers" awarded with the letters of gratitude from WWF Russia
Alexander Barbarich
The international conference “Oriental stork and Amur wetlands conservation” was organized by WWF Russia Amur branch, Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University, NGO “AmurSEU”, United Directorate “Zapovednoye Priamurye”, the Working Group on Oriental stork conservation.
For additional information please contact
Director of WWF-Russia Amur branch