On September 7, 2021, the Armenian branch of the German Society for the Conservation of Nature (NABU) together with Yerevan Zoo will clean up storks with contaminated feathers collected from the Ararat Valley, as the Armenian branch of NABU informs. All cleaned storks will be encircled and released into the wild in a week. Satellite sensors will be installed on the two individuals to study their trajectory.
In his interview with EcoLur, a NABU employee said that in addition to cleaning the birds, it is very possible to find and eliminate all sources of pollution, otherwise the work done will be in vain. "The main task is to find out why the storks are polluted and to eliminate the source of that pollution, so that the birds are not polluted anymore. When we clean them and let them go, they can get dirty again," he said.
It should be noted that during the summer NABU carried out registration of white storks in Ararat and Armavir Regions. Almost 60% of storks were infected in Ararat Region and 40% in Armavir Region. According to NABU, the area of contamination of white storks in Ararat Valley in 2021 increased by 21% compared to 2020, whereas the number of infected storks increased by 16% compared to 2021.
It should be noted that samples of contaminated stork feathers were taken from water sources near the nesting sites of storks and sent to the Russian Federation for laboratory research. The organization intends to compare the results of these studies to determine the range of sources of pollution. The NABU also said that they have hypotheses about possible sources of pollution, but do not rush to raise them until the results of the study become known.
"Besides, pollution can emerge from several sources ... But, of course, all this is due to human influence. One of our goals is to explain to the general public that the world is not just about people. We have nature next to us, there are animals, there is an ecosystem that needs to be preserved. If we do not go back to our drainage system, which is in a very bad condition, then it will cause various diseases that will affect the storks and later the people. It already affects. Why is the problem of storks so important now and so much being touched upon, because they are considered an indicator in nature, they show that there is an ecological problem here, whereas this problem must be solved urgently," NABU said.
September 03, 2021 at 16:56