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The festival of the Far Eastern stork will be held in Blagoveshchensk

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The event will be held as part of the Year of the Living Amur.

The Amur branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has declared this year the Year of the Living Amur, its most striking event will be the festival of the Far Eastern stork in Blagoveshchensk, head of the WWF Freshwater Ecosystem Conservation Department Anna Serdyuk told reporters.

"The most beautiful event of the Year of the Living Amur will be the festival of the Far Eastern stork in April this year in Blagoveshchensk. We really want the Amur Region to also have a beautiful traditional holiday, [such] as the Primorsky Territory has. And we hope that through this holiday we will be able to attract the attention, first of all, of the younger generation to the problems of protecting the Far Eastern stork as an indicator of the well-being of freshwater systems, and in the future, the preservation of all freshwater ecosystems in the Amur basin," said Anna Serdyuk.

She noted that the holiday will bring together not only bird lovers, but also people who want to learn about the Far Eastern stork. "The event itself will be cross-border, because on the other side of Blagoveshchensk, which is located on the Amur, [where the birds will be met], colleagues from China will escort Far Eastern storks to us. <...> There will be a procession, something similar [takes place] at the Bottom of the Tiger in Primorsky Krai, exhibitions and other festive events will be held," said Anna Serdyuk.

She noted that the Amur region is the most "stork" region of the Far East, about half of the nests of Far Eastern storks are located in this region. Storks also live in the Jewish Autonomous Region, Khabarovsk Krai and Primorye.

Director of the Amur branch of WWF Peter Osipov noted that the year is a landmark for the fund, because a strategy for the conservation of biodiversity for the next five years has been adopted. The work on the conservation of freshwater ecosystems has now become a separate direction.

Freshwater ecosystemsAnna Serdyuk noted that freshwater ecosystems remain the most vulnerable, so much attention will be paid to them as part of the events of the Year of the Living Amur.

"We will continue our traditional areas of work, first of all, the design and creation of new specially protected natural areas and protected areas of federal protected natural areas. We hope that this year the transfer of the Ganukan Reserve - a freshwater reserve - to the federal level will be completed. We are very grateful to the government of the Amur Region for supporting <...> the creation of a small nature reserve [in the lower and middle reaches of the river] Alim," said Anna Serdyuk.

She explained that the territory of the future reserve is about 20 km, it is located near the center of the Amur region. "This area with the closest nesting grouping of cranes and storks to the city is actually a unique freshwater ecosystem, which it was important to preserve. A new highway to China runs near the border of this reserve. <...> The Amur Region supported the creation of this reserve as compensatory measures," added Anna Serdyuk.

According to her, the new reserve, which is scheduled to open this year, will allow the implementation of a project for the development of tourist infrastructure. The project will be implemented together with active local residents who are already helping and plan to become members of the volunteer fire brigade. "This year we will help them with some starting potential and create a small infrastructure for them, in particular, viewing platforms. In the future, they are ready to raise funds themselves for the development of eco-tourism in this territory," added Anna Serdyuk, specifying that the first observation deck will be opened during the festival.

Indicators of well-being Serdyuk explained that Far Eastern storks are indicators of the well-being of freshwater ecosystems.

The scale of the population, observation of migration routes and changes in the habitual behavior of birds draw the attention of ecologists to the changes that occur in the Far Eastern freshwater ecosystems.

"This year we will start designing zones with special conditions for the use of territories in freshwater ecosystems and the creation of fishery protected areas for the conservation of freshwater systems and their inhabitants. Traditional [measures to] preserve our flank species will remain, and one of these species is the Far Eastern stork. <...> We will also support measures for its preservation this year, <...> we will continue to work on protecting the nests of the Far Eastern stork from fires and conducting fire-fighting treatment of trees with nests. We will also continue to work on preserving the ecosystems where storks and cranes live and preserving their food supply," said Anna Serdyuk.

The Amur River is one of the last major free-flowing rivers in the world. It is the unifying beginning and the central element of the Amur ecoregion - a single cross-border natural complex covering significant territories of the south of the Russian Far East (from the Daurian steppes in Transbaikalia to the southwest of Primorye), Northeastern China and Eastern Mongolia. These ecosystems are the home and source of life for many rare species of animals and plants.

Number of storks Serdyuk also noted that the number of Far Eastern storks in the world is about 6.5 thousand individuals.

"Last year we carried out accounting in model territories, <...> the number of the Far Eastern stork reached 110 breeding pairs. The world population is about 6.5-7 thousand individuals. <...> The number is growing, it is growing steadily so far, especially in model territories, but there are areas where the number has fallen critically this year. For example, the Sheremetyevo Nature Park in the Khabarovsk Territory," said Anna Serdyuk, noting that before the creation of the natural park, the number of storks there reached about 13 pairs, then more than 50 breeding pairs, and last year only nine nests were found.

According to environmentalists, the reason for the decline in the number of rare birds could be bears that ruin nests. "We have such problems both in the Amur Region and in the Jewish Autonomous Region - the destruction of nests by bears has been noted. This year we will conduct another survey, if there are cases of bears ruining nests again, next year we will have to take measures to preserve the remaining nests. We install metal shrouds on a tree so that a bear simply could not climb up the trunk," added Anna Serdyuk.

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