Rare migratory birds linked Yamal and China. Scientists joined together for their study
15:29 15 октября 2019
Категории: News in English
The delegation of the arctic region and scientists of Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences are working at the II International Symposium on development of effective coordination in the sphere of waterfowl monitoring in East Asia in the 21st century. The scientific conference is being held from the 14th to the 17th of October in Beijing (the People’s Republic of China). The Russian biologists with colleagues from the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences are discussing the results of joint work and medium-term prospects for cooperation in study and protection of rare migratory birds living seasonally within the two countries.
Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug is one of the few regions of Russia, where systematic work is fulfilled on development of international activity to preserve and maintain the favorable status of rare species of birds. Since 2010 the region has been implementing the project on monitoring of anseriformes of Northern Eurasia with participation of Russian and foreign scientists. They collect information on migration routes of the birds, breeding sites, broods and molts, on the basis of which nature-protecting measures are developed. This information was given to the news agency “Sever-Press” in the department on external relations of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
In the course of long-term research the scientists found that such rare species as Bewick’s (tundra) swans and forest bean geese flew for winter to China. Scientists have been observing one of the Bewick’s (tundra) swans nicknamed Zvyozdochka since 2016. The obtained data contributed to establishment of scientific contacts of Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Within the project on joint research on remote tracking of migratory birds in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia the Russian and Chinese biologists are conducting field work in estuaries of the Kara Sea to obtain data on genetic diversity and size of bird populations, nutrition and accumulation of pollutants.
In June of 2019 the Protocol of intent for development of cooperation between the government of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences was signed within the VI Russian-Chinese EXPO in Harbin. The document was signed by a deputy governor of Yamal, the director of the department of external relations Alexander Mazharov and Professor Cao Lei. The sides expressed mutual interest in development of bilateral relations in the sphere of scientific activity, creation of conditions for coordination and implementation of joint projects in the sphere of study and protection of migratory birds, primarily endangered species.
The participation of the delegation of Yamal and the Russian scientists in the Symposium is aimed at further development of scientific cooperation. Within the scientific conference the plan of further priority activities on study and protection of rare species of birds will be developed and concretized.