International Crane Foundation

Siberian Cranes take flight

Flyway Conservation

Eurasia: > Flyway Conservation

ICF’s conservation and research programs in Eurasia increasingly focus on a flyway approach to conservation, linking activities at diverse wetland sites along the crane flyways in this region.

Studying Crane Migration
Siberian Cranes take flightICF researchers are working with partners in the United States, China, Iran and Russia to study the migration of several crane species in North America and Eurasia. These projects aid in identifying important breeding and wintering sites, as well as key stop-over locations along the crane flyways. Click here to learn more about these exciting projects.

Siberian Crane Conservation
ICF is working with colleagues in several nations to protect the critically endangered Siberian Crane and the wetland ecosystems along the species’ flyways in Eurasia. Through education and research programs, these efforts link community leaders, scientists and local villagers in over 11 countries ranging from northern Russia to Iran and southern China. Follow the links below to learn more about these conservation activities.

UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project
Siberian Cranes at Keerqin National Nature Reserve, Inner Mongolia, China. Photo by Yu YouzhongIn 2003 the International Crane Foundation, 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. The project uses the globally threatened Siberian Crane as a flagship species, linking activities at 16 key wetlands along the species’ western and eastern flyways. 

The project links activities at the site, national and international level focusing on wetland research and conservation, flyway and waterbird monitoring, education and public awareness, and capacity building and community co-management. To learn more visit the Siberian Crane Wetland Project website.

Three White Cranes, Two Flyways, One World
Students at Hawley Environmental School in Milwaukee, WI learn about cranes in China with Chinese educator Zhang Juan. Photo by Joan GarlandICF implemented the Three White Cranes, Two Flyways, One World project in 2006 to link our conservation and education programs focusing on Siberian and Red-crowned Cranes in East Asia with our education programs centering on the Whooping Crane in the eastern United States. Through annual field trips to ICF, classroom visits by ICF educators, and educator exchanges in the United States, China and Russia, students along both flyways are learning about cranes and their shared responsibility in protecting our global environment.

Siberian Crane Flyway Coordination
Siberian Crane on the species' wintering grounds at Fereydoon Kenar, Iran. Photo by Crawford PrenticeThe Siberian Crane Flyway Coordination (SCFC) enhances communication among the large network of scientists, governmental agencies, biologists, private organizations, and citizens involved with Siberian Crane conservation in Eurasia. The SCFC is implemented through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) for the protection the Siberian Crane and its habitat along its migration routes. The MoU has been signed by the 11 Siberian Crane Range States, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The SCFC website includes detailed migratory maps, flyway information, captive breeding and reintroduction updates, educational programming, and a bibliography on the species. Click here to go to the Siberian Crane Flyway Coordination website.