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08.05.2022

The world day of the migrating birds

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The World Day of Migratory Birds is one of the favorite holidays in the Amur basin. For the curious: leaving Russia in the autumn, our storks stay in North-Eastern China for another month or two, feeding on harvested fields, and then fly to the Yangtze. They live in warmth and comfort in the coldest time, feed in the swamps, and in early March they begin to fly back. But the Far Eastern curlew, for example, flies to Australia for the winter as much as five thousand kilometers from here!

Amur-Heilong basin is the most important flight path of migrating birds. Ducks, geese, sandpipers descend in flocks of millions to the lakes and swamps of the tributaries of the great river, rest, wait out the bad weather, strengthen themselves during a multi-day journey. And for 300 species of birds, the Amur Basin is the place where they were born, grew up and return every year to build a nest and breed offspring. It is here that 95% of the world's remaining Far Eastern storks, 65% of Red-crowned crane and 50% of White-naped crane nest.

The World Day of Migratory Birds has been celebrated since 1993 every second Saturday and Sunday in May. This is an environmental campaign aimed at increasing people's knowledge about migratory birds, their habitat, ways of movement and factors that threaten their survival.

The campaign is carried out in many countries of the world. These days there are holidays, various educational programs, exhibitions and excursions for bird watching. Almost every tenth species of migratory birds is threatened with extinction.