|ICF has received support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program to conduct a three-year project focusing on endangered cranes and wetland ecosystems along the east China flyway. The project focuses on site-level activities at nature reserves and other locations that protect critical migratory and winter habitat for the Siberian Crane and other waterbirds. The project activities dovetail with a six-year effort funded by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility, to safeguard internationally important wetlands along the migratory flyways for Siberian Cranes and other waterbirds. ICF is the international executing agency for this project that includes four countries, while the State Forestry Administration is the national executing agency for China.
Project research activities include 1) annual surveys of cranes and other migratory waterbirds along Bohai Bay, which compliment broader flyway-level surveys supported by the GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project, 2) a Siberian Crane migration study, which includes the placement of satellite transmitters on birds in northern Russia to learn more about their migration routes and habitat use during migration, 3) the continuation of a multi-year ecology study of Siberian Cranes in the Poyang Lake Basin, and 4) a study of ditches, birds and plants at Zhalong National Nature Reserve to inform future water management decisions within the reserve.
The scientific studies are complemented by education programs targeting local communities and the development of a bilingual (Chinese-English) education website to disseminate information and engage students in China, Russia and the United States in crane and wetland conservation. The education activities are an extension of a three-year community education project recently completed by ICF and Beijing Brooks Education Center with support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
ICF is working with many partners to accomplish these activities, including Keerqin, Momoge, Poyang, Xianghai and Zhalong National Nature Reserves, National Bird Banding Center, Beijing Brooks Education Center, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agro-ecology, Beijing Normal University, Northeast Forestry University and the Mountain, River and Lake Information Center, as well as the Yakutsk Institute of Geography and Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use in Russia. For more information about this project, please contact Li Fengshan, ICF’s China Program Coordinator.