Globally threatened birds of the Russian west

Ismail Nigmatoulline

Little is known of the globally threatened birds that live in the virtually untouched habitats of the Kaliningrad region of Western Russia. The lesser white-fronted goose, the ferruginous duck, the spotted eagle and the aquatic warbler, considered Globally Vulnerable, nest and migrate in the Kaliningrad National Park and the internationally recognised Important Bird Area. But in the Kaliningrad region Past research on these bird populations is out of date. The Russian team from Kaliningrad State University aim to collect scientific data on the key habitats and assess the threats imposed on these bird species. They hope this data can then be presented to the local authorities and communities to enable a conservation action plan to be put in place.