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The Amur basin celebrates World Migratory Bird Day

01 april 2016
For the first time WWF Russia and WWF China celebrate this holiday together on both sides of the Amur River.

World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the 1st of April. 15 environmental organizations from the Russian Far East including Amurskaya, Zabaikalsky, Khabarovsky and Primorsky Provinces take part in this international event. In Zabaikalsky Province, Daurskiy Nature Reserve holds the Russian-Mongolian expedition “Migratory Birds Day' to the border regions of Mongolia. Sokhondinsky Nature Reserve organizes a contest of the bird boxes for songbirds. In Amurskaya Province Zeisky, Khingansky Nature Reserves and students of “Bars” nature protection brigade fly kites in the shape of birds into the sky, organize contests, excursions and welcome the rare migrating birds after wintering season. In Khabarovsky Province, the Joint Directorate “Zapovednoe Priamurye” including all 5 branches, Bureinsky Nature Reserve, “NEI” student nature protection brigade organize ecological holidays “Birds Day”, an exhibition of photographs “Birds of Udyl Lake”, quizzes, contests of wall newspapers and propaganda teams. Far Eastern Marine Nature Reserve and the Joint Directorate of Lazovsky Nature Reserve and “Zov Tigra” National Park conduct excursions to the Museum of Nature and organize a holiday “Bird Kingdom in Protected Areas”.

WWF China together with Northeast Forestry University and GM Company will join the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day on 23 April. The holiday will be organized in Harbin, where the results will be summed up for the project on setting up the artificial nests made of recycled materials for the Oriental stork, crane and the Chinese merganser.

“Before Oriental stork returns from its wintering grounds, Berezovsky Wildlife Refuge of Amurskaya Province will prepare 5 artificial poles (tripods) for bird nests. Four tripods were already constructed this spring on the territory of Bolonsky and Bolshekhekhtsyrsky Nature Reserves. Moreover, as a gift to the birds of Amurskaya and Khabarovsky Provinces, Sheremetyevsky Nature Park was created in the beginning of this year, the most part of it is a wetland - home for 7 pairs of Oriental stork, - comments Anna Barma, PhD, coordinator of PAs at WWF Russia Amur Branch. - The birds know no borders. They need protection on the whole range on both sides of the Amur River in Russia and China.”

The Amur basin is the home for more than 100 bird species included in the Red Lists of different levels. They include Oriental stork, white-naped crane and red-crowned crane, Steller's sea eagle, swan goose and other rare bird species. In late autumn they leave Russia for wintering sites in the floodplain of the Songhua River and the Yangtze River in China, to Korea and Japan. In late February, the birds return to breeding sites on the Russian bank of the Amur River to build nests, lay eggs and raise their chicks.

Siberian white cranes
© Yury Gafarov / WWF Russia
Constructing an artificial pole -tripod for bird nests in Amurskaya Province
© Yury Gafarov / WWF Russia
White naped cranes
© Yury Gafarov / WWF Russia
Stork nest on a tripod
© Yury Gafarov / WWF Russia
Hooded cranes
© Yury Gafarov / WWF Russia
Photo exhibition «Birds of Udyl Lake»
© Komsomolsky Nature Reserve
Photo exhibition «Birds of Udyl Lake»
© Komsomolsky Nature Reserve
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