In 2002, the Crane Working Group of Eurasia initiated Crane Celebrations in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. With support from the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the UNEP/GEF Siberian Crane Wetland Project, by 2009 the Crane Celebrations had expanded to more than 100 sites in nine countries, including more than 40 Siberian Crane sites in 7 countries. In 2003 Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, in 2004 Mongolia, in 2005 Azerbaijan and in 2006 Iran participated in organizing these events.
In Crane Celebration are involved Siberian Crane sites in different regions of Yakutia (Allaikhovsky Ulus – the Siberian Crane breeding grounds of Eastern population and Momsky, Ust-Maisky, Tattinski and Ust-Lenski Uluses along the migration route and Yakutsk); West Siberia (Yamalo-Nenetski and Khanty-Mansiskiy Autonomous Regions – Siberian Crane breeding grounds of Western/Central population, and at migration stopovers in Armizon, Russia, Naurzum Nature Reserve and Kostanai Region in Kazakhstan, Durnaly in Turkmenistan, Tashkent, Termez, Samarkand in Uzbekistan; Baku, Gyzyl-Aghach in Azerbaijan and Fereydoon Kenar in Iran.
The purpose is to draw attention to the conservation problems of cranes and their habitats. Different task groups are involved in Crane Celebrations including mainly students, teachers, and also hunters, frontier guards, and local administration. Forms of Crane Celebrations are various, including plays, competitions, ecological games and quizzes.
Through the media of music, art, song, and dance, people of all ages have learned about Siberian Crane behavior, ecology, and habitat, and have acquired a better understanding of the threats to crane survival and the need for conservation measures. For this activity, education materials including pins, stickers, calendars, posters, brochures and a booklet “101 Questions about Cranes” by Professor Vladimir Flint and “Materials for Crane Celebration” are produced and distributed annually.
Crane celebration map [JPG 510 KB]