The Critically Endangered Siberian Crane Needs Your Help
Have you ever seen a Siberian Crane? It’s an absolutely beautiful bird. Unfortunately, it’s also a critically endangered bird.
The Siberian Crane is a migratory bird. It travels about 3,100 miles (5,000 km) every year from northern Siberia to either China or Iran. Much of the wetlands along its migration route are being drained for farming. There is also an issue with China’s Three Gorges Dam, where 98% of the remaining Siberian Cranes go for winter. Their wintering area near the dam is threatened by water development projects.
The good news is a few nations want to do something to help these amazing birds. The Siberian Crane Wetland Project has been at work for 6 years, trying to help the birds survive. Countries involved with the project include China, Iran and Russia. These nations have made great efforts in conservation and rehabilitation of 16 critical wetlands found throughout the birds’ migratory routes.
There are less than 3,500 of these birds left. To find out more about them, their habitat, and how you can help, check out the links below.
By Heidi Marshall