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Captive Red-crowned Crane at Zhalong Nature Reserve

Local media interview SCWP researchers at Xianghai Nature Reserve

Siberian Crane tracks at Momoge Nature Reserve.

Media Trip to Northeast Project Sites in China
April 26 - May 3, 2008

Project staff and researchers recently participated in a week-long media trip to the Siberian Crane Wetland Project (SCWP) sites in Northeast China with journalists from several Beijing newspapers and CCTV, China’s national television broadcasting company. The journalists included representatives of the China Youth Daily, China Environment News, People's Daily, CCTV-10 and local news media.

The group visited Keerqin, Xianghai, Momoge and Zhalong Nature Reserves, learning about research, education and community activities at the sites. The group met with reserve staff at each site, as well as local villagers to view first hand project activities and learn about specific conservation challenges and solutions for each site.

A common theme of the discussions during the media trip was how to meet the needs of both wildlife and people, such as these fishermen from Zhalong Nature Reserve.

Remaining natural areas, such as this 100,000 hectare area of Siberian almond shrub land within Keerqin Nature Reserve, are threatened by increasing use of resources by local populations.


Over 1,000 migrating Siberian Cranes were observed at Momoge Nature Reserve during the media trip. The cranes rely on the remaining wetlands at Momoge and nearby reserves in Northeast China for safe places to rest and feed during their annual migrations. Photos by Ms. Ren Qing.

CCTV Channel 10 reporters interview a villager in Xianghai Nature Reserve, who is participating in a community project to reduce the impact of grazing on the grasslands in the reserve. Through this program, each family receives 2000 RMB to purchase a new breed of goat that produces a higher quality cashmere. Since the villagers can earn more from each goat, they can reduce the size of their herds. The reserve is also working with the villagers to change the feeding style for the goats, using hay racks, which reduce the amount of waste feed, and keeping the goats in enclosures to limit their impact on the local grasslands.

A similar community program at Zhalong Nature Reserve focuses on raising the nutritional value of cattle feed to increase milk production and reduce villagers' dependence on fishing and reed collecting in the reserve. The villager interviewed commented that he no longer uses the fish nets in his backyard since participating in this program.

Village schools are also teaching about cranes and wetland conservation to increase awareness of the threats to these remaining ecosystems. Students at Xianghai Middle School learn about the Siberian Crane flyway during a class presentation.

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