Join Executive Director and Founder of the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia Nyamba Batbayar and Asia Program Manager and Grants Officer Claire Mirande for our webinar on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Central Time! Click here to register.
White-naped Cranes are among the most iconic and majestic species of East Asia’s wetlands and grasslands. Mongolia is a very important country for White-naped Crane conservation in Asia. The majority of the breeding pairs of the declining western population of the species nest in eastern Mongolia alongside nomadic herding families and their livestock.
Sharing fragile wetlands on the arid steppe is a huge challenge for cranes. Although Mongolian people do not harm birds, increasing numbers of livestock and guard dogs present serious threats to cranes. Intensification of agriculture has also become a serious concern. An annual Crane Festival engages local herders and farmers, improving their understanding of cranes and their habitats.
The Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia (WSCC) and International Crane Foundation experts are working diligently with governments to ensure the finest habitats are legally protected. We are proud to announce that, through our efforts, core breeding habitat in the Khurkh and Khuiten River Valleys has been recently designated as a National Nature Reserve. WSCC, in close partnership with the International Crane Foundation, will work with the government to manage this critical site in cooperation with local communities.
The survival of the White-naped Cranes depends on international collaboration among six countries, and we work hard to increase cooperation and information exchange on cranes. Cranes marked with transmitters and color bands by Mongolian biologists reveal vital information on migration ecology, key conservation areas and population dynamics. Migration data revealed an unprotected stopover site at Duolun in Inner Mongolia, China, where cranes must stop and replenish food reserves during spring and autumn migrations. The International Crane Foundation and partners in China are initiating work with local partners to ensure that cranes have secure feeding and roosting habitat at this critical site.