Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action

 

 

 

Livingston Ripley
Waterfowl Conservancy

Protecting waterfowl and their habitats through research, education and conservation action

 

Swan Goose Project

The Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) is a large goose that breeds primarily in Mongolia and eastern Russia, and winters in southern and eastern China. Numbers of Swan Geese have declined significantly during the past century, primarily due to habitat loss from agricultural development, human disturbance and unsustainable levels of hunting.  This species was listed as Endangered in 2000.  Although numbers continue to decline, comprehensive surveys in the wintering range have detected a reduction in the rate of the decline in recent years, and as a result this species was down listed to Vulnerable in 2008.

The Conservancy partnered with Eurasia’s Swan Goose Task Force, the Moscow Zoo, and conservation authorities from Muraviovka Park, a vast 13,000-acre wetland located in the Amur River Basin of Russia, to develop a reintroduction program to re-establish a wild population of Swan Geese in the region.  Elements of the program included the development of an education program geared towards local communities, the collection of baseline data on existing wild populations, and construction of a breeding facility in Muraviovka Park. 

To create awareness of conservation needs for Swan Geese in the Amur region, LRWC provided funds to Muraviovka Park’s Education Program in 2006.  Funds were used to organize a “Swan Goose Education and Art Contest” in 21 school districts.  Media support was provided by the Department of Education of the Amur Region, the Russian Service on Nature Inspection, and the Amur Regional TV Company.  Over 450 children participated and submitted paintings, essays and poems on swan geese.  Artwork was exhibited at Muraviovka Park’s Nature Center and in regional libraries of the Amur Region.

 

In 2008, LRWC donated an incubator to Muraviovka Park to aid in the captive breeding and restoration program and later a motorcycle to provide biologists with a means of surveying bird populations across Muraviovka Park.  LRWC also provided guidance in the development of the breeding program the park and educated employees on waterfowl husbandry techniques.

 

Weekly Avian Update

 



55 Duck Pond Road, P.O. Box 210, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759

 

Phone: 860.567.2062 / Fax: 860.567.4369/ info@lrwc.net