Stork above Amur
Oriental stork is an critical indicator of wetlands purity therefore it is a symbol of preservation of the Amur wetlands.
The Oriental stork breeds only in the Amur-Heilong river basin. In Amursky, Jewish Autonomous, Khabarovsky and Primorsky provinces of Russia, in northeast China and rarely in North Korea, and winters on plains of the Yangtze river in China. For many years, their nests were ruined, and the birds were suffering from poachers shooting and poisoned baits on migrating ways and wintering in China. Because of the massive use of DDT Oriental storks disappeared in Japan and Korea. Now these countries are spending a lot of money on their restoration.