Buy Them a Fish | Too Hungry to Migrate – More Than 100 Endangered Oriental Storks to CBCGDF CCAfa Site Foraging
2019/11/27 14:32:00 本站

Recently, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) received a piece of news from CBCGDF China Conservation Area for Oriental stork at Lvshun (CCAfa) volunteer Ma Honghe: An Oriental stork that was slinging. According to Ma Honghe, during the rescue process, there was no food in the esophagus and stomach of it, and no other trauma was found. The initial judgment was excessive hunger caused by long-term starvation.


Oriental stork is a national first-class protected animal, but also a world class endangered species. At present, it is the time when the Oriental stork files south. According to the directors of the CBCGDF CCAa sites, the first batch of Oriental storks arrived at Panjin Wetland in Liaoning Province around November 2. Then flied from Panjin to Tangshan in Hebei Province, Tianjin coastal wetlands and other areas. At present, the first batch of Oriental storks has arrived in Jinan, Shandong Province, and the second batch of about 1,000 Oriental storks has arrived in Tianjin. Because of Tianjin Beidagang Provincial Nature Reserve, and the nearby Qilihai National Nature Reserve have only maintained a deep-water depth after retrieving the fishponds of the fishermen, there is no fish, making this year a large number of Oriental storks flying there but no place to forage. So, they had to fly to the more distant privately-owned fishponds foraging but were rushed by the fishermen. “All day today, the fishermen fired cannons, and they flew away in a large area.” According to the directors’ description. “It can also be understood, because there were around 500-600 various of birds, in addition to the Oriental storks, there were also migratory herons, gulls, etc.”


The lack of food has become a deadly problem facing the Oriental storks on the way to migration. According to Wang, the director of the CBCGDF CCAfa site, who has been observing for more than a decade of Oriental storks. The current batch of Oriental storks in Tianjin is mostly sub-adults, lacking experience in foraging, and the weather has suddenly cooled in the past. Significant changes have taken place in the habitats, forcing them to face hunger. "Generally, if they don't recover enough weight, they won't continue to fly forward." Wang is very worried that if they stay in large numbers, they will face two problems, one is food shortage and the other is the hidden danger of poaching.


A similar situation occurred two or three days ago. Some of the second batch of Oriental storks flew to Tangshan for food in Hebei Province. According to Tian Zhiwei, the director of CBCGDF China Conservation Area for Waterfowl at Tangshan, three batches have been flown, the first batch has 26, the second batch has 35, and the third batch has more than 50. After the CCAfa site deliberately fed food such as small fish to them, more than 80 of the Oriental storks have already replenished their physical strength and flew away. Currently, six Oriental storks are receiving assistance at the rescue station of the CCAfa site.


According to the volunteers, most of the Oriental storks found in Tangshan and Tianjin were thin, raising fears that they might starve to death on the migration if they were exhausted.


CBCGDF is working with bird experts to further investigate the volunteers' feedback. Meanwhile, CBCGDF China Conservation Area (CCAfa) project team also launched an urgent rescue initiative for the Oriental storks: 5 yuan, buy them a fish. It is hoped that the public will take an active part in this appeal when they notice it.

(Photo credit: CBCGDF volunteer)

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By / Maggie