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From the Field Webinar: International Crane Foundation
April 30, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Join us for the International Crane Foundation’s next “From the Field Webinar” with Spike Millington, Vice President International Asia. This weekly webinar series will feature, “From Russia with Love: The Siberian Crane Story.” The COVID-19 pandemic requires people worldwide to stay at home, including our global staff. We are staying connected online, which creates a great opportunity for us to share information on cranes and conservation with you!
Forty years ago, two populations of the Critically Endangered Siberian Crane existed. Both nested in Arctic Russia. The western population migrated to India and Iran, while the eastern population migrated to China. Today, only one bird, named Omid, remains in the western flyway, migrating to Iran each winter. The eastern population, though, is thriving and numbers over 4,500 individuals. The International Crane Foundation has supported Siberian Crane conservation for more than 20 years, through the support of the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane project and more recently with support from the Disney Conservation Fund.
Despite the increasing numbers, the fate of these cranes remains precarious, since they depend on a limited network of critical sites for breeding, staging and wintering. In each area, a fascinating interplay of dynamic environmental and human processes determines the pattern of migration, behavior and ecology. This webinar will hear from International Crane Foundation staff and colleagues. Sponsored by Jan and Tom Hoffmann, International Crane Foundation Emeritus Director.