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Video cameras will be streaming from the nests of the Oriental storks in Amurskaya province

11 march 2020
Reality-show “Oriental storks online. Third season” continues this year in the Amur Ecoregion. Specialists of NGO AmurSEU and the Amursky Directorate of Protected Areas with support from WWF Russia have launched the process of mounting online video cameras in the nests of Oriental storks in the Beryozovsky Wildlife Refuge.
Online monitoring over several families of Oriental storks from the moment of birth till departure to warmer places will be carried out for the third year in a raw by the initiative of WWF Russia Amur branch. Right now specialists get ready for the moment when storks come back from winter “apartments” in the Yangtze River in China to their breeding sites in the Amur River Basin.
«Being more secretive compared to its European cousin Oriental stork builds nests in remote places hidden from people. In the past, it was considered a great luck to take a photo of this bird in the nest, not to mention to longstanding observation. New technologies have given us a unique opportunity such as watching over the nest in online mode. This became a real breakthrough in ornithology and in research of the Oriental stork ecology. Thanks to the GPS transmitters fixed last year on 80 Oriental storks including chicks, we know the exact direction of their route and the location of wintering grounds. This season 6 stork families will be under observation from online cameras, we enlarged the geography of location of the nests. Cameras from last years will be mounted in same nests and two new cameras will be mounted in the Amursky Wildlife Refuge, – Anna Serdyuk, senior coordinator of protected areas projects of WWF Russia Amur branch.

Not only specialists, but also “video fans” of the Oriental stork are looking forward to the return of birds “from the warm places”. Indeed, real-time online monitoring of the life of stork families on the information portal of the Amur Ecoregion “AmurInfoCenter” allowed anyone from anywhere in the world to connect to the broadcast and day after day to record changes in the nest.

«On March 7, we already mounted cameras on 2 nests on inactive transmission towers near Tambovka, and in the Beryozovsky Refuge we will install cameras on the nest on an artificial tripod. I recall that only one of three chicks survived here last year. We’ll also put one camera on a tree, where last year there was a nest with 4 chicks, which we marked with transmitters. An interesting story happened with this nest, it fell down from the tree in August, after the birds got on the wing. The fact is, storks get their "apartments" every year, and the weight of such a structure reaches 200 kilos or more, not every tree withstands. Today we will try to build crossbars on this tree so that the storks nest in the same place again. And next week, together with the experts of the regional Directorate of Protected Areas, we plan a trip to the Amursky Wildlife Refuge: we will install online cameras on 2 nests here, – comments Anton Sasin, Oriental stork conservation coordinator of NGO AmurSEU.

Live streaming from the nests of Oriental stork will start in the mid-March on the AmurInfoCenter. The spring welcomes storks in the Amur Basin! 

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