Group trum­pets sarus crane suc­cess in Aye­yarwady

The Myanmar Times - - News - MYAT MOE AUNG my­at­moeaung@mm­times.com

MYAN­MAR has scored a ma­jor suc­cess in the con­ser­va­tion of the vul­ner­a­ble sarus crane by work­ing with lo­cal farm­ers and 128 nests have been dis­cov­ered so far.

The Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety Myan­mar (WCS Myan­mar) con­sid­ers this a sig­nif­i­cant suc­cess in the con­ser­va­tion of sarus crane (Grus antigone), which was achieved with co­op­er­a­tion of lo­cal peo­ple in Aye­yarwady Re­gion.

While only 37 nests were recorded last year, 128 nests were found this year, in four town­ships in the re­gion, said WCS Myan­mar.

“With the co­op­er­a­tion of lo­cal farm­ers, we found many nests than last year. The farm­ers co­op­er­ate with use and in­form where they found the nest. We can say we are 100% suc­cess­ful,” said U Thet Zaw Naing, a bird ex­pert from WCS Myan­mar.

This year, 92 nests were recorded in Wakema town­ship, 23 nests in Maubin town­ship, five in Pan­tanaw town­ship, eight in Eint Mey town­ship, ac­cord­ing to WCS Myan­mar.

The For­est Depart­ment, Maubin Univer­sity and WCS Myan­mar are jointly work­ing to pre­serve bio­di­ver­sity in Aye­yarwady Re­gion.

To pro­mote the con­ser­va­tion of the birds, WCS Myan­mar gives award for any in­for­ma­tion on the lo­ca­tion of the bird nests and also ed­u­cate lo­cal peo­ple about bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion in 70 vil­lages, four town­ship, Aye­yarwady Re­gion.

Sarus cranes, with their dis­tinc­tive red heads, are na­tive to Myan­mar and are con­sid­ered an en­dan­gered species all over the world.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2016 sur­vey, 37 nests were recorded and con­served in Aye­yarwady Re­gion.

And, cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of sarus crane is be­tween 200 and 400 in Aye­yarwady re­gion, WCS Myan­mar said.

Photo: WCS

Sarus cranes, with their dis­tinc­tive red heads, are na­tive to Myan­mar and are con­sid­ered an en­dan­gered species.

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