International Crane Foundation


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ICF’s research projects in China seek to safeguard the region’s eight species of crane through the coordination of population and ecology studies that inform conservation projects and the restoration and management of ecosystems that serve as crane habitat.

Poyang Lake Ecology Study 
The Poyang Lake Basin in Jiangxi Province is one of the most important wintering areas for migratory waterbirds in Asia. Since 1998, ICF has been working with the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve on a study of the relationships among water levels, cranes, and their aquatic food plants to inform conservation and development plans for the basin. Read morearrow

Siberian Crane Wetland Project
In 2003 ICF, in collaboration with the governments of China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia, launched the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project. The six-year project focuses on a network of globally important wetlands in Eurasia that are of critical importance for migratory waterbirds and other wetland biodiversity. Read morearrow

China Crane Flyway Conservation Project
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. Read morearrow

Black-necked Crane Migration Study
ICF is partnering with researchers in China to conduct a multi-year Black-necked Crane migration and ecology study in southwest China. Recent survey efforts have provided more information on the Black-necked Cranes’ population in this region, less is known however about the migration routes and stop-over sites used by the species. Read morearrow

Black-necked Crane Ecology Study in Tibet
In 2008 ICF and the Tibet Plateau Institute of Biology began a Black-necked Crane wintering ecology study near the proposed Xietongmen copper mine located adjacent to and within Tibet’s Yarlung Zangbo River Middle Reaches Black-necked Crane Nature Reserve. Read morearrow