Scientists to Tag Cranes in Yamal Reserve to Track Migration Paths

Scientists to Tag Cranes in Yamal Reserve to Track Migration Paths


Yamal biologists together with scientists from the Oka Reserve will visit the main habitats of cranes and common cranes in the Kunovat Reserve. This is reported by the portal of the government of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YNAO).

"During the expedition, scientists plan to tag cranes to track their migration routes and main wintering grounds in Eurasia.For this purpose, the region was provided with radio transmitters by the Research Center for Ecological Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES, CAS)," the message says.

According to experts, the common crane accompanies cranes during their spring and autumn migrations. Information about the time and routes of their arrival in Yamal will help to study the adaptability of young cranes of the Ob population. The last successful tagging of common cranes in the district was carried out more than 30 years ago.

"We expect that the crane census this year will confirm our forecast about the stable state of the common crane population in the region and the possible appearance in the district of several young cranes released in the Kunovat Reserve over the past five years," the portal quotes the words of Dmitry Zamyatin, Deputy Head of the Department of Coordination of Scientific Research of the YNAO Department of External Relations.

According to the portal, to date, 23 young cranes have been released into the wild in Yamal, which are included in the international list of endangered species. The region has a project "Restoration of the Ob population of the crane (white crane)". It was included in the federal project "Preservation of biological diversity and development of ecological tourism" to unite the efforts of the Siberian regions of Russia and interested countries to restore the population of these rare birds. This measure makes it possible to strengthen the complex of measures to preserve cranes, to adopt international programs and action plans, YNAO notes.

"Work on the restoration of the Ob population of the crane is being carried out within the framework of the national project "Ecology". Leading crane specialists from the VNIi Ecology of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, the Oka Reserve, the A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the RAS, scientists from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China are taking part in them," the message says.

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