Beijing Puts the Artificial-breeded White-naped Cranes with Satellite Launchers Back into the Wild for the First Time

Recently, two artificial-breeded white-naped cranes from Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre are set free into the Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province. This is the first time that Beijing has put the artificial-breeded wild birds back into the wild. These two white-naped cranes have carried satellite launchers, which can be used to monitor their moving tracks.

The white-naped crane is a class II protected species in China. Known for its crimson cheeks, it is also named as red-face crane. The white-naped crane is not normally seen in Beijing and these two cranes come from the hatch of the white-naped crane saved by Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. Under the two-year good care of the staff, these two have grown into sub-adults, which is the equivalent of human's juvenile period.

The staff has demonstrated that the reason to choose the Poyang Lake as the destination is that the white-naped crane stays in Beijing for quite a short time and then, as part of the huge overwintering population, it will gather together around the Poyang Lake. To set them free at the Poyang Lake would help them to merge with their population and have more time to learn outdoor survival skills and get prepared for the upcoming spring migration.

The release occurs before the Spring Festival and up to now, the satellite launchers have sent GPS signals to the ground monitoring instrument in Beijing once an hour. The current monitoring data displays that the moving area of these two cranes is basically around the Poyang Lake. Under no special circumstances, the satellite launchers can continue to work for a couple of years to further track and monitor and thus help to understand the wild living conditions, inhabitation and migration of the released white-naped cranes.

It is learned that Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre has successfully breeded several wild bird species, such as tawny eagles, swan geese and mandarin ducks. All the breeded birds are kept in cages. The release of the white-naped crane into the wild this time would provide experience insetting free other artificial-breeded birds.