WWF launches the Year of the Crane – 2020 in the Amur River basin
The main reason for the decline in crane populations is degradation of the natural habitat and, as a result, a decrease in food supply and a reduction in habitat. The most dangerous threat is coming from humans such as transformation of marches to farmlands, the use of steppes and swamps for grazing, construction works in habitats, burning dry vegetation necessary for crane nesting, poaching in breeding sites.
Jointly with partners WWF plans to continue work to create new protected areas and upgrade the status of the existing PAs in the key habitats of cranes and storks; carry out the crane survey on its entire home range; support the activity of anti-poaching and fire-preventing brigades; carry out ecoregional public campaign “Crane – Bird of Peace”.This includes the work with adults, kids, contests and workshops, Days of Crane, work of the students “Crane Ambassadors”. And in October 2020 at the Far Eastern conference on protected areas management the new edition of the Red-crowned and White-naped Crane Conservation Strategy will be considered.
WWF Russia has designed a special section on the AmurInfoCenter web portal dedicated to the Year of the Crane. Here you can see and download the most diverse information: a lecture, interesting facts and a presentation about the cranes of the Amur basin; infographics about the features of certain species, banners, wall calendar, video and photo gallery about cranes; methodological developments of teachers, various scenarios of the “Crane Day” celebration. A good help for educators from WWF Russia will be the origami scheme, by printing which you can make cranes with your own hands, certificates for participants in the event, and regulations on competitions for the Year of the Crane in the Amur basin.
Another section on the AmurInfoCenter portal will be devoted by the international contest of children's drawings “Crane - Bird of Peace”. It will open on February 2, on World Wetlands Day. Each of the participants of this competition from around the world will be able to mark his drawing here from February 2 to April 30.
In the Year of the Crane, a special, “crane” nomination will be announced in the IV Far Eastern contest of environmental journalism “Living Taiga”.
The Crane Year begins marching through the Amur basin. Be with us! We’ll do everything to save the cranes of the planet!