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Baer´s Pochard (Aythya baeri)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 140510135

Searching and protecting the last Baer´s Pochards in the Amur region/Far East Russia

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 140510135) - Baer´s Pochard - Awarded $4,800 on January 20, 2015

The Amur Bird Project is a private organisation of students and biologists, working volunteer-based at Muraviovka Park in the Amur region of Far East Russia. Since 2011 we monitor migrating songbird populations and collect data about threatened bird species in this poorly studied region. Target species are migrant passerines and all endangered breeding bird species. Another important point of the project is environmental education and inclusion of local students in the scientific conservation work. Within the project supported by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund we want to search for and protect the last breeding grounds of the Baer´s Pochard at the middle stream of the Amur river. Despite our intense search in 2015, not a single individual was found. The situation seems to be really bad for this species, but we still have hope and will continue our work in 2016.

Recent updates about the Amur Bird Project are published on our project blog:


Project 140510135 location - Russia, Asia