Project Name Oriental White Stork Conservation
Involved Groups Government, non-governmental organizations, citizens, researchers, Hyogo Prefectural Oriental White Stork Homeland
Project Category Protection of rare and endangered species
Brief Summary Protection of the nesting sites of Oriental White Stork by construction of artificial piers, environmental education and public awareness

Oriental White Stork (Ciconia boyciana) is included to International Red Data Book, only 3000 birds living in the world now. The population of Oriental White Stork in Khabarovsk Territory is decreasing because of fires destructing the wetland trees proper for nest construction as well as human activities. The aim of project is stork conservation by protection of its habitats.


Established in 1997 to preserve rich ornithological fauna, including Oriental White Stork, Bolon Nature Reserve was chosen to erect artificial piers for the nests of Oriental White Stork, taking into account the lack of proper trees in its wetlands. In 2001 twelwe artificial piers were constructed on storks' migration ways. Joint research works on biology of stork, its behavior are under fulfillment with Hyogo Prefectural Oriental White Stork Homeland researchers. Public awareness and environmental education actions are currently being held with local citizens.

Financial resources and people involved
Khabarovsk Territory Government support - 200 thousand roubles
Bolon Nature Reserve - 200 thousand roubles
National Park Foundation - 123 thousand roubles
Bolon Nature Reserve staff - 37 people, including 6 researchers
Khingan Nature Reserve - 2
Institute of Water and Environmental Problems (Khabarovsk) - 4
Hyogo Prefectural Oriental White Stork Homeland - 4
pupils of Children Eco-Biological Center 'Naturalist' (Amursk Town), School Forestry 'Sosenka' - 600
Data on storks distribution, their migration ways, behavior, biology, habitats ecology have been obtained. 12 artificial nests have been constructed in heavy-approachable places. Thematic lections, presentations, child drawings competitions have been held. Newspaper articles, TV and radio programs are currently publicizing. The data obtained from joint research could be useful for effective realization of Oriental White Stork Reintroduction Plan in Hyogo.
Issues and future efforts to solve them
Revealing of best places for Oriental White Stork habitats and construction the artificial piers there, continuation of research works and educational efforts.
Contact person
Vitaliy Tyagunin, Director of Bolon State Nature Reserve
tel:   +7 (242) 2-76-89