Annotated Bird Checklist: Rason, DPRK, March 25 – 31

Hanns Seidel Foundation / UNESCAP Field Survey and Workshop on Conservation of Migratory Birds and Habitat at Rason Migratory Bird Reserve: Annotated Bird Checklist, March 25 – 31  2014

Dr. Nial Moores, Director, Birds Korea, April 7 2014

As part of an international initiative to improve conservation opportunities for threatened Northeast Asian species (including the White-naped Crane), the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the East and North-East Asia (ENEA) Office of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) with support from Rason City and the Robert Bosch Foundation carried out a rapid assessment of birds and their habitats in Rason (lower Tuman River area, North-eastern part of DPRK) from 26th to 31st March 2014. The survey was held in connection with the NEASPEC (North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation) project on “Conservation and Rehabilitation of Habitats for Key Migratory Birds in North-East Asia”. For further information of the project, please refer to NEASPEC website (  A formal report is under preparation by UNESCAP ENEA Office with input from participants.

Below follows, more simply, an annotated list of birds seen during the survey, which covered a range of habitats including: inshore marine waters; brackish and freshwater lakes and ponds; rice-fields and edge vegetation; a small estuary (that of the Tuman River) and river-bank; grass-covered hills and protected pine forest.

All counts listed below were made using tripod-mounted telescopes and binoculars by Mr. Spike Millington (Chief of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership – and Birds Korea member), Dr. Yuri Shibaev and Dr. Sergei Surmach (of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Amur-Ussuri centre for Avian Biodiversity) and NM (Birds Korea), supported throughout by a team of regional experts and specialists from the organisations listed above including representatives from Hanns Seidel Foundation and UNESCAP ENEA Office and also from Yanbian University (Prof. Zhu Wei Hong) and Beijing Forestry University (Dr. Cai Lu).

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