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WWF Russia’s online cameras broadcasted hatching of Oriental stork chicks

29 april 2022
Video cameras were fixed in two nests as part of WWF-Russia program for Oriental stork conservation: one on a tree, and the other on a power transmission tower. The first chick hatched out in the nest on electric tower on April 29. The moment of hatching was broadcasted live. A few minutes after the chick was hatched, the parents carefully removed the eggshell from the nest.
The Oriental stork is one of the rarest birds in the Russian Far East. The breeding grounds of this endangered species are located only in the Amur basin. Since 2004, WWF-Russia has been running the Stork Nest Keepers project to monitor the condition of each stork nest, as well as with the help of video cameras.
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In 2022, thanks to WWF, more power lines became safer for storks in Amurskaya province. This is especially important when birds suffer from a lack of places suitable for building nests. Large trees, which can handle a massive stork nest, have been in great demand over the past 50-70 years. Power lines more often become an alternative to such trees, however this may result in a short circuit and power outage, and also may cause the death of Red Listed birds. Therefore, this issue is under special control of both environmentalists and power engineers. It means that transmission lines must be safe for both birds and power consumers.
Specialists from WWF Russia provide power engineers with information about stork nest locations in order to ensure mounting of special nesting platforms and bird protective devices on electric towers.
According to Anna Serdyuk, Ph.D., head of the Freshwater Ecosystems Department of WWF Russia Amur Branch, chairman of the Russian Working Group on Oriental Stork: “Over the past 10 years, the number of nests on power lines has tripled. Today, more than 23% of all stork nests are located on power lines. On the Zeya-Bureya Plain in Amurskaya province - 30%. Over the past 4 years, Rosseti FGC UES has installed more than 66,000 bird protective devices and 1,300 barrier-type bird protective devices in the entire stork breeding range in Amurskaya, Evreiskaya, Khabarovsky and Primorsky provinces, as well as 243 outside-mounted nesting platforms in Amurskaya province”.

In total, Rosseti FGC UES equipped for storks 31 transmission line of 220-500 kV in Amurskaya province. Over the past 4 years, more than 23,000 devices and 243 platforms have been installed. Such work will continue in the future, because the Oriental stork population is growing every year, and its range is also increasing. This means that cooperation between power engineers and environmentalists should be developed and expanded.

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