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Support for the Oriental storks

30 march 2020
Eight high tripods for the Oriental stork nests mounted in the Khanka Lake Nature Reserve and in the Khasansky Nature Park in Primorsky Province with the support of WWF
This March, five metallic tripods with baskets on top were erected in the Khankaisky Nature Reserve where 50% of this rare bird is concentrated. The work became part of the joint project between WWF Russia and South Korea. It is an obligatory annual work for the Reserve whose staff has been doing this for 20 years. According to data of a large-scale census in 2018, more than a half of all breeding n Primorye pairs are registered in Khankaisky NR. While in general, thanks to the implementation of the Amur-Heilong Ecoregional Program the number of storks has doubled reaching 720-800 breeding pairs.
Three tripods were mounted in the Khasansky Nature Park in the southernmost Primorye, right on the Russian border with North Korea and China which is regarded a bottle neck of migration routes for many bird species.
According to Yury Darman, PhD, honorable ecologist of the Russian Federation, chairman of the Russian Working Group on the Oriental Stork Conservation, “Last year, Oriental storks that were raised in captivity had their first chance to find a way to Khanka lowland which is the land of their ancestors. The radio transmitters recorded that birds have chosen the wetlands of the Tumen River for stop-oversI came up with an idea to help the birds to form a new migration route and provide conditions for breeding here. The landscape is quite suitable, but there are no trees at all. So, it was decided to mount raised platforms for stork nests in the Khasansky Nature Park and to attract storks to anchor on a new site.”
This work is one of the main activities agreed under the Memorandum of Understanding for International Cooperation and the Oriental Stork Protection signed in November 2019 by three parties.
The Oriental stork - the symbol of the Amur-Heilong River Basin
Alexander Khitrov / WWF Russia
According to Anna Serdyuk (Barma), PhD, senior coordinator on protected areas at WWF Russia Amur branch, “The MOU’s goal is to improve the breeding conditions for the Oriental stork and to increase its population numbers in Russia and Korea, and to form a new migration route of the Global East-Asian Flyway in the future. This is important to renew the gene pool and provide sustainable stork numbers in Korea, where the work on the recovery of this rare bird is actively under way. Russian-Korean cooperation on the Oriental stork conservation has a long history, and in fact, the MOU continues the joint efforts launched by our colleagues back in the 1990s.”
Mounting supports for stork nests in the Khasansky Nature Park
The Primorsky Directorate of wildlife and protected areas management
This work became possible due to the cooperation between WWF Russia, the Khankaisky Nature Reserve, Primorsky Province Directorate on Fauna Protection and Protected Areas, and the South Korea Research Center for Endangered Species of the National Institute of Ecology.
Mounting supports for stork nests in the Khanka Lake Nature Reserve
The Khanka Lake Nature Reserve

Additional information:

50 years ago, the breeding population of storks disappeared in Korea due to wide use of a chemical compound commonly known as DDT. The last bird was registered here in 1971. In 1994, with active participation of Yury Darman, who worked in Khingansky Nature Reserve at that time, and later became the director of WWF Russia Amur branch, the joint Russian-Korean project on stork population recovery on Korean Peninsula was launched. The documentary about this rare bird based on the footage from Khingansky Nature Reserve and Muravyovsky Wildlife Refuge was produced, and in 1996 the first two stork chicks were handed over to a specially created national institute for stork restoration in South Korea. After that the birds were brought to Korea from Khabarovsky Province, Russia, and from China and Japan. The offsprings of those birds were released and now 65 storks are breeding in South Korea in the wild.

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