Poyang Lake becomes world's largest winter habitat for white cranes

11:26, November 25, 2010      

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China's Poyang Lake region has become the world's largest winter habitat for white cranes.

Observers from the Zhouxi Protection Station of Jiangxi's Duchang Migratory Bird Nature Reserve said that they have observed more than 2,896 white cranes arriving at Poyang Lake for the winter in recent years, accounting for more than 98 percent of the total number of white cranes worldwide.

Observers found that many white cranes have recently arrived at Zhouxi Town one after another.

White cranes are large wading birds under first-class state protection with a body length of 1,200 to 1,350 millimeters. They inhabit open wetlands and shallow lakes and often move with their families.

Poyang Lake has a sound ecological environment and a harmonious structure of natural ecosystems, including plains, marshes, lakes and grasslands. The locals also have a strong sense of protection. Tens of thousands of migratory birds arrive at this region every autumn and winter, and most of them are cygnet. This is a very spectacular scene.

In order to protect rare migratory birds, Jiangxi's Duchang Migratory Bird Nature Reserve established a protection management station in Zhouxi Town and also sent four full-time employees to carry out work, such as strengthening publicity and education, inspection monitoring as well as protection and management.

By People's Daily Online


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