Common Crane recognized as Bird of 2010
January 15, 2010 - 19:42 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - As a result of a recent public opinion poll conducted by the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds (ASPB) and LOLO children's journal, the Common Crane was recognized as `Bird of 2010 ` in Armenia.
The poll was conducted in Yerevan, as well as in settlements situated within the Important Bird Areas (IBAs).
Of the total number of 1025 respondents, 481 (47%) voted for the Crane. The second popular bird was Golden Eagle (297 votes, 29%); Kestrel (184 votes, 18%) came next.
Crane is a very rare bird in Armenia, breeding only in the southern and south-western provinces. The population of this species is in critical condition; according to the current data, there are only 2 to 6 pairs within the surroundings of Arpi Lake.
"There is no doubt", says Luba Balyan, ASPB National IBA Coordinator, "that cranes merit serious attention and care If proper measures are not taken, they will be at risk of becoming vanishing species the nearest future."
The common crane is a large, stately bird at 110-120, with a wingspan of 220-245 cm. It breeds in wetlands in northern parts of Europe and Asia. The global population is in the region of 210,000-250,000, with the vast majority nesting in Russia and Scandinavia. It breeds in wetlands in northern parts of Europe and Asia.
The Common Crane is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
ASPB is the representative of BirdLife International in Armenia.
LOLO is a children's intellectual journal intended for children. as well as their parents. Adhering to the motto "Gay, Smart and Bold", the magazine is aimed at broadening children's scope of mind, developing their taste and boundaries of cognition. It covers various themes including sports, music, painting, literature, zoology, science, history and intellectual games.
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