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KBC presents: Threatened Cranes of Eastern Russia - Challenges & Solutions

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Threatened Cranes of Far Eastern Russia - Socio-environmental Challenges and Solutions ​Presented by Dr. Sergei and Elena Smirenski

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Building on the work of Sergei and Elena Smirenski, Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use was established in 1994 through a collaboration between the International Socio-Ecological Union, the International Crane Foundation, and Pop Group Co., Ltd. A year later this land and adjacent areas were added to the list of wetlands of international importance by the Ramsar Convention. Muraviovka Park boasts over 700 species of vascular plants and over 300 species of birds, including six species of cranes. It is a critically important area for White-naped, Red-crowned and Hooded Cranes, Oriental White Stork, Yellow-breasted Bunting and other avian species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. The park's activities include monitoring numbers of wild cranes, managing a captive breeding program of endangered cranes to release the cranes into the wild. The park works to prevents forest fires, conducts reforestation, organizes annual international summer camps at Muraviovka Park and in other parts of the Amur River Basin, including China, hosts tourists, and organizes festivals. The 16,000 acres on which this park sits is leased to the park through 2058. Sergei and Elena will update us on the park and its inhabitants.


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Sergei Smirenski's love of birds started in childhood. In 1970 he began studying the birds of Russia's Far East at Moscow State University, graduating in 1973 and receiving his PhD in Zoology in 1986. Elena Smirenski graduated from Moscow's Teachers Institute in 1972. She worked as an editor and chief of the editorial staff of the Zoological Journal of the USSR's Academy of Science. In 1980 Sergei and Elena Smirenski and Sergei Winter established the Crane Working Group of the USSR, the first species-oriented non-government organization in the Soviet Union. Twelve years later Sergei and Elena, with financial support from the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Wisconsin, organized an International Workshop about the cranes and storks of the Amur River Basin.

The Friends of Muraviovka Park, a volunteer group established in 1998, provides important monetary and in-kind support to the park's activities and development:

https://m.facebook.com/Friends-of-Muraviovka-Park-200362133317888/

Report from 2014 on Muraviovka Park, 11 years after the park was established:

https://savingcranes.org/crane-numbers-growing-at-muraviovka-park-russia/


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Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email around 5:00 PM on the day of the program. For questions contact info@kirtlandbirdclub.org

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