Putins Siberian Cranes: Flight of Hope continues in Uzbekistan

Siberian Cranes, suddenly became famous after a joint mission with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had returned to his native nursery Oka Reserve, where to be sent to winter in Uzbekistan plane. The "Flight of Hope" Continues — cranes nursery can annually put on the wing to 20 chicks to save the rare and beautiful birds.

"The nursery can annually produce eggs of 35 to 20 birds. March Siberian Cranes begin to mate, and in May we will continue working with chicks, summer and fall, before the snow. Hatchlings are taught to run first for the white suit, then the white glider, with each work personally. For flight glider choose only the best and most powerful "- told RIA Novosti director Oka Reserve Yuri Markin.

Parent chick — a man in a white suit, as it takes the form of adult Siberian Crane. Masking is not random, the biologists have a difficult task — to bring up the chicks, but so that they do not refer to a person as a friend to be afraid. They do not know that the world is a gun. But well aware trike — getting used to the sound of the engine chicks they raise his record.

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Six cranes, which in early September on the Yamal flew Vladimir Putin, are alive and well and feel fine, contrary to statements by some journalists about the death of birds, assured Markin. Siberian Cranes, unfortunately scientists were not able to fly on their own to the wintering grounds. Five were brought back to the nursery, they now expect the sixth crane, which was able to independently fly to Kazakhstan, where he was picked up.

"The only problem is on our side, it is necessary to organize the departure of our staff in Kazakhstan, all permits are ready. Siberian Crane We hoisted back into the same" team "and if everything is in order, take out all together in Uzbekistan. On the border with Afghanistan in the border area were formed excellent wintering birds where no one bothers or scares, "- said Markin.

Project for breeding cranes in captivity for almost 40 years, but we know he was only last summer, after the participation of the Russian president.

"From the whole team, who worked there, most liked Vladimir Vladimirovich, who did exactly what he was shown and explained. And try to be adequate with cranes, unlike journalists who climbed to the Siberian Crane with cameras," — says the director of the reserve .

Public attention to the project for funding. The annual cost of preparation and production cranes in the wild is about eight million rubles, the lion's share of which "eats" rent helicopters and boats in Western Siberia.

Why STERKH Uzbekistan?

The West Siberian Crane populations dying, its population is less than 20 birds. Birds are killed during migration to India through Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the hunt for these rare birds. The "Flight of Hope" implies a nursery grown Siberian crane chicks from nests in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Western Siberia and Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to the south, where for the first time in the world there is a new place in winter these birds.

"The closest place from Yamal, where they overwinter Cranes — is south of Uzbekistan, on the border with Afghanistan. There, in the valley of the Amu Darya River, is swampland, where for many years wintering gray cranes. Have an idea to introduce this pack of wild common cranes our chicks that they have learned to feed together with gray and check this place out as the future for wintering cranes, "- says a leading researcher of the Oka Reserve Tatiana Kashentseva.

The idea that the cranes need to be saved, born in 1974. The first, which began breeding cranes in captivity, became director of the International Fund for cranes from George Archibald and Soviet professor Vladimir Flint due to which there was a nursery. However, the biggest challenge was to preserve the nursery.

"In the 90 years of destruction was complete, it seemed that the end of the park and kennel. Was only thanks to the support of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we were able to stay afloat," — says Markin.

Not only Siberian Cranes

"Flight of Hope" could be present and other birds at risk of extinction, according to the program coordinator for the conservation of biodiversity of WWF-Russia, Vladimir Krever.

"The problem is also relevant for large falcons — primarily merlins, to a lesser extent for Peregrine and Saker. These birds of prey is quite a high demand in Central Asia and in particular in the United Arab Emirates," — says Krever.

In Soviet times, nurseries could similarly save bustard. In addition, WWF managed by artificial breeding to restore the population of Kamchatka almost disappeared Aleutian goose.

Siberian crane or white crane (Grus leucogeranus), — a bird of the family of cranes. Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources carried the Siberian Cranes are among the most endangered species of the world fauna threatened with extinction. White Crane is included in Annex I to the International Convention CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES) and is listed in the Red Data Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Red Book of Russia. Currently, the number of species is estimated at 2,9-3 thousand. To save Siberian Crane under the Bonn Convention on Migratory animals international agreement between Russia (in which he breeds), India, and Iran (where the bird winters) and Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (through which the white crane migrates ). Russia, which signed an agreement in 1993, has a special international obligations as the only area breeding range Siberian Crane.

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