The first swallows of desert nursery

Rare, unique in its beauty bird Clammydotis undulata macguenii, long ago fell into the category of vulnerable, declining species, it is included in the Red Book of the International Conservation Union and Red Book of Uzbekistan.
Causes for a catastrophic reduction of this kind are more than enough, among them, of course poaching, development of virgin regions and grazing, climate change exacerbated a process of  desertification.
It would seem that the situation is critical and we can lose forever  “beauty of  the deserts” – our Central Asian bustard.
Several years ago in Uzbekistan began an experiment on the breeding of the Clammydotis undulata macguenii. Considering a positive experience  on its breeding in the nurseries of Israel and Saudi Arabia, in the area of Uzbekistan were built two nurseries. They are situated near the Kyzyl-Kum desert.
The correspondent of the web site www.econews.uz was invited to visit Nongovernment Nonprofit Research Institution “Emirates Birds Breeding Center for Conservation” with the purpose of impressing the solemn release into the wildlife of the first increase in the bird’s family is grown in this nursery. This nursery is situated in the Bukhara region, Peshkun area and occupies about 250 hectares. Now the process of its upgrading and equipping with modern equipment is completed.
As reported  econews.uz, “Emirates Birds Breeding Center for Conservation” was established in April 2006 with the purpose of breeding the Clammydotis undulata macguenii for the next partial release of birds into the wildlife. The founder of the nursery is the Sheikh Zayed Bin Safe Al Nahyan of the UAE.
The process of artificial breeding of the Clammydotis undulata macguenii with the further aim of adopting to the wildlife is a difficult and long-term process. It is based on research activities. A distinctive feature of this nursery is that the third year running the head of scientific works is the scientist from England, Kate Scotland. To form the breeding stock of  the Clammydotis undulata macguenii over the years was done collection of it’s eggs with object of incubating and getting chicks. As a result a well-posed work, to date  the nursery already has 517 birds of breeding stock.
Supervise work of the nursery carries Bukhara Regional Committee for Nature Protection. Biological questions of breeding birds are monitored by representatives of the Institute of Zoology of Uzbek Academy of Sciences.  In advance of the celebration of World Environment Day, was made a first solemn release of artificially grown Clammydotis undulata macguenii in the wildlife. At this time got a ticket to a free life 20 birds, and this is just the beginning.

Yuliya Panina {jcomments on}