Group trumpets sarus crane success in Ayeyarwady
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.
Sarus cranes, with their distinctive red heads, are native to Myanmar and are considered an endangered species.